With 16-14 and 20-19 games on the books in the last week, it looked like the Ogden Raptors were headed for another high-scoring marathon Tuesday in Grand Junction.
The bats eventually slowed, and while outfielder Matt Cogen did his best, the rest of the Raptors didn’t to quite enough in an 8-7 road loss.
Nearly all of the action came in the first two innings, both for Cogen and the Raptors (30-15, 4-3). The lefty hitter smacked a double and a three-run homer in the frames.
His first-inning double moved Jacob Amaya to third, and Amaya scored on a Ronny Brito sacrifice fly. But that was all, and Will Golsan and Coco Montes touched up Ogden starter Joel Inoa for homers in the bottom of the inning to give Grand Junction (25-20, 4-3) a 3-1 lead.
Cogen helped Ogden get it back. After Jefrey Souffront singled to score Niko Hulsizer, Cogen hit his eighth homer of the season — second-best in the league — to give the Raptors a 5-3 lead.
But the Rockies answered again in the bottom of the second, capped by Montes’ second homer of the game for an 8-5 advantage.
Inoa calmed, throwing two scoreless innings from there, but the damage was done.
Cogen drove in Ramon Rodriguez in the seventh on a groundout and singled in Daniel Robinson in the ninth to make it an 8-7 game. But Ogden’s comeback fell short when Miguel Vargas flew out to left field to end the game.
Cogen’s bat might have been enough if not for a missed opportunity in the seventh. Ogden totaled two hits and two walks in the frame, but Cogen’s groundout was the only run driven in. Brito grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to strand potential runs.
Elio Serrano, Evy Ruibal and Orlandy Navarro threw the final four innings for Ogden, keeping Grand Junction off the board with four hits.
Eris Filpo, who started a shutout win in Ogden last week, picked up the win in five innings of work. Matt Holiday, a former MLB All-Star who recently signed a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies and was assigned to Grand Junction on Monday, did not appear in the game.
The two teams finish their three-game series Wednesday before Ogden returns home. Jose Chacin (5-1, 2.28 ERA) is slated to start for the Raptors. The Rockies did not list a probable starter.
Relief pitcher Austin Drury was moved to Single-A Great Lakes on Tuesday. The left-hander was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and .233 average-against in seven Ogden appearances. He threw two scoreless innings Tuesday for the Loons.