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Ogden Raptors hold back GJ Rockies in 4-3 victory Wednesday

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 22, 2022

Raptors pitchers held the Grand Junction Rockies scoreless over a six-inning stretch and Ogden held on to claim a 4-3 victory at Suplizio Field, evening the eight-game series at 1-1 and pushing the Raptors’ division lead back to three games.

After Grand Junction’s four-homer night to open the series Tuesday, Charles Middleton socked a two-run home run in the second inning to put the home team up 2-1 and it looked like perhaps the Rockies would continue the barrage.

But in his Ogden debut, righty Samuel Burton finished his start strongly by giving up just one more hit over the next two innings and the Rockies would only manage five hits for the game.

Chase Stratton pitched a scoreless, hitless fifth inning before Jorge Gonzalez surrendered one hit over three scoreless frames, a Middelton double in the sixth that Gonzalez erased with two strikeouts. Gonzalez struck out four and walked one.

By the time Ogden led 4-2 in the ninth, Grand Junction still didn’t tally a hit against Jackson Lancaster but pushed across a run to make things interesting when a Jesus Valdez throwing error set up a runner at third to later score on a groundout.

For the first time this season, outfielder Josh Broughton assumed Ogden’s leadoff spot and fit the role by making things happen, hitting 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Broughton singled to lead off the game and scored on a Pat Adams double for a 1-0 advantage.

After Sunday’s homer hero Dustyn Macaluso doubled with two outs in the fifth, Broughton tied the game 2-2 by singling him in.

And in the eighth, Broughton led off the frame with what was ultimately the winning run, cracking a solo homer — his first of the season — to go up 4-2.

Ogden’s go-ahead run came in the sixth when Reese Alexiades doubled, then scored on an error off the bat of Valdez.

Macaluso finished 2 for 3 at the plate. Catcher Sonny Ulliana and Lancaster, who began the game as the designated hitter, tallied Ogden’s other hits with one apiece.

The teams will play two seven-inning games beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday to help make up two rainouts from May.

WEDNESDAY SCORES

Ogden 4, Grand Junction 3

Rocky Mountain 9, Northern Colorado 8

Billings 4, Boise 2

Missoula 10, Idaho Falls 6

Great Falls 12, Glacier 11

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through June 22

NORTH DIVISION

Idaho Falls 16-9

Missoula 16-9

Great Falls 16-10

Billings 12-11

Glacier 11-14

SOUTH DIVISION

Ogden 14-10

Grand Junction 11-13

Northern Colorado 11-13

Boise 10-15

Rocky Mountain 6-19

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