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Ogden Raptors surrender walk-off grand slam in Saturday loss to GJ Rockies

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Aug 6, 2022

Looking for their third straight road win at Grand Junction, the Ogden Raptors led for the final four-plus innings Saturday night — until one swing meant they didn’t.

Grand Junction shortstop Shawn Ross hit a walk-off, grand slam to claim an 11-8 win for the homestanding Rockies.

Ogden led 8-7 from the top of the fifth all the way until Ross’ game-winning swing. And the Rockies overtook the Raptors in a seemingly unlikely way.

Raptors reliever Jorge Gonzalez entered the ninth having thrown three consecutive perfect innings, striking out six from the sixth through the eighth. But it fell apart in the ninth when Gonzalez walked Jonah Girand to lead off the inning and, after a flyout, surrendered a single.

Ogden went to ace closer Jackson Lancaster, who had only given up one earned run in 15 1/3 innings this season. But Lancaster walked Casey Petersen, which set up the Ross slam. Two runs were charged to Gonzalez, two to Lancaster.

Ogden fell behind 6-2 after two innings when Grand Junction beat up Polo Portela for six runs on seven hits. The Raptors got on the board with a Freddy Achecar solo homer and a Josh Broughton RBI double.

The Raptors equally beat up GJ starter Jimmy Dobrash. Sonny Ulliana hit a two-run double and Broughton followed with a two-run single to tie it 6-6 in the third.

The Rockies retook the lead in the bottom half when Joe Johnson hit a solo homer off LJ Diaz, who threw the game’s middle three innings. That was the only run he allowed, beginning a stretch of great pitching as he later handed the ball to Gonzalez.

The Raptors took that 8-7 lead in the fifth inning but left important runs unscored. With one out, Williams singled, Dakota Conners doubled and the Rockies wisely issued an intentional walk to Broughton to load the bases.

Pat Adams tied the game with a single, then Conners scored on a wild pitch to take the lead. But Broughton tried to score from second on the play and was out at the plate. With Adams on third, Jesus Valdez drew a walk before Reese Alexiades grounded out to end the top of the fifth.

Broughton led Ogden at the plate, hitting 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Ross drove in seven for Grand Junction.

SATURDAY SCORES

Grand Junction 11, Ogden 8

Northern Colorado 20, Rocky Mountain 4

Boise 5, Idaho Falls 4

Missoula 15, Great Falls 2

Glacier 7, Billings 3

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Second Half

NORTH DIVISION

Idaho Falls 10-6 (38-26 overall)

*Missoula 10-7 (45-19)

Great Falls 9-8 (36-28)

Billings 8-9 (33-30)

Glacier 6-11 (23-41)

SOUTH DIVISION

Grand Junction 12-5 (38-27)

*Ogden 9-8 (38-27)

Northern Colorado 8-8 (25-36)

Rocky Mountain 7-9 (23-39)

Boise 4-12 (21-43)

*- denotes first-half champion

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