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Ogden Raptors can’t drive home the spike in series loss to Grand Junction

Friday , July 27, 2018 - 10:51 PM

OGDEN — It may have been Golden Spike Night, but there was nobody able to slam the hammer and drive one home.

Wearing specialty uniforms to kick off a yearlong celebration ahead of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, the Raptors hit 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position Friday and lost 6-4 to the Grand Junction Rockies.

Ogden (27-14, 1-2) hit 3 for 30 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series and dropped a series for the first time since the season-opening set.

The Rockies (22-19, 2-1) didn’t get nearly as many opportunities against league-leading pitcher Jose Chacin, but they made them count. Grand Junction ended Chacin’s run of 22 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and did all its damage with him on the mound.

With Ogden leading 2-1 in the fourth, Javier Guevara doubled in a run and Reese Berberet followed with his second homer of the series, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead.

Grand Junction outfielder Niko Decolati singled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to make it 6-3. Chacin gave up six earned runs and 10 hits in a five-inning start, pushing his ERA from 1.28 to 2.28.

Austin Drury (2 2/3 innings) and Orlandy Navarro (1 1/3) held Grand Junction scoreless the rest of the way, allowing only one hit, but Ogden’s bats couldn’t take advantage.

Niko Hulsizer doubled in the second inning but Matt Cogen was thrown out at the plate on the play. Hulsizer later homered in the fourth, a solo shot. He and Jacob Amaya, who doubled and scored in the first inning, each had two hits.

Hulsizer had a big opportunity in the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs, but grounded into a double play, which scored a run and made it 6-4. James Outman grounded out to end the inning.

In the sixth, Ogden catcher Tre Todd drew a leadoff walk and took second on a wild pitch, but the three hitters who followed couldn’t produce a hit.

Jacob Bird earned the win for Grand Junction, throwing two hitless, scoreless relief innings.

Ogden’s homestand continues with two games against Idaho Falls, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.


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