OGDEN — The Raptors returned from Big Sky country but left all the Big Fly there, at least for one night.
A night after Ogden won a 16-14 game in Helena, the Raptors opened the second half with a 4-0 defeat to the Grand Junction Rockies on Wednesday at Lindquist Field.
Ogden (26-13, 0-1) hardly threatened to score, which undid several good mound appearances for Raptors pitchers.
Brett De Geus took the loss after giving up all four runs in 4 2/3 innings. His only real struggle came in the fourth inning when he gave up a double and a walk, which led to a three-run blast from Reese Berberet over the left-field wall.
Grand Junction (21-18, 1-0) scored the only run it needed in the third by sandwiching two singles around two groundouts, with Hunter Stovall picking up the RBI.
Evy Ruibal made his first appearance in a month for Ogden to end the fifth inning in relief of De Geus. He threw one pitch, inducing a groundout.
Elio Serrano followed by allowing one baserunner in three innings of relief for the Raptors.
None of it mattered much, though, because Rockies starter Eris Filpo worked around five hits in five innings, striking out two and walking none to keep Ogden in check.
In fact, the Raptors only had three at-bats all game with a runner in scoring position, going 0 for 3. One such at-bat came in the eighth when Daniel Robinson hit a two-out double. Matt Cogen worked a long plate appearance but eventually waved at a high fastball to end the inning.
Each team totaled seven hits. Four Grand Junction pitchers combined to strike out seven and walk one. It was Ogden’s third time being shutout this season.
The two teams play the second of a three-game series Thursday night.
Hard-hitting outfielder Drew Avans was promoted to Single-A Great Lakes (Michigan) on Wednesday. Avans made an immediate impact when he joined the Raptors on July 2. In 16 games, he hit .350 with five home runs, two triples and 20 RBIs.