Grand Junction delivered a knockout blow in the fourth inning and Ogden’s best pitcher was a position player as the Raptors fell to the Rockies 11-4 on Friday night at Lindquist Field, sending Ogden to its third straight loss.
Grand Junction (40-31, 20-13) took control early thanks to Hunter Stovall. He singled in a pair of runs in a four-run third to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead.
In the fourth, Stovall hit a three-run homer to put the visitors up 7-1 and that would be all the Rockies would need.
Stovall finished 3 of 5 at the plate with those five RBIs.
Ogden (44-27, 18-15) needed an error in the sixth to get on the board. With the bases loaded after two batters were hit by pitches, Jon Littell grounded to Stovall at third base. He threw to second to start a double play but an error was charged to second baseman Coco Montes on a blown play. Dillon Paulson, Marcus Chiu and James Outman all scored on the play to make it 8-4.
The Rockies added runs in the seventh and eighth before Ogden infielder Jefrey Souffront took the mound. He threw two innings, allowing one hit and zero runs. The other four Raptors pitchers all allowed at least three hits and one run in their outings.
Victor Gonzalez took the loss, allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings as Ogden’s starter.
Marcus Chiu was the only Raptor to record more than one hit. He was 2 for 4.
Ogden plays Grand Junction in the final home game of the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Raptors then have Sunday off and play four games in Idaho Falls to close the regular season. Ogden will open the playoffs Friday, Sept. 7. Who hosts that game depends on if Idaho Falls or Grand Junction takes the final playoff spot.