Thursday , September 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM
OGDEN — Don’t tell the Ogden Raptors they’ve clinched a playoff spot.
With the second-half title still in reach, the Raptors erased a six-run deficit, including scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth, to defeat the Grand Junction Rockies 8-7 on Thursday at Lindquist Field.
The win moves the Raptors (23-13, 46-28) a game ahead of the Orem Owlz (22-14, 48-25) for first place in the second-half standings after Orem lost 6-4 to Idaho Falls.
It also adds another win to the team’s franchise-best, single-season win total — now at 46 with two games left before playoffs begin Sunday.
Ogden trailed 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Cristian Gomez led off with his third double of the game, Jonah Jarrard reached on an error and Kevin Lachance walked to load the bases with no outs.
Donovan Casey singled to score two runs and make it 7-5. Luis Paz walked, then Mitchell Hansen tied the game with a two-run single.
Later, with one out, Brock Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to score Paz from third and win the game.
The Raptors came back from being down 7-1 after Grand Junction (19-17, 37-37) battered Ogden for two doubles and a home run in the seventh inning.
Paz homered in the eighth to bring Ogden within four, setting up the ninth-inning rally.
Ogden hosts Idaho Falls on Friday and Saturday to end the regular season.
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE, TICKETS
Ogden hosts Orem in game one of the South Division playoff series at 4 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are $5 and are available now. Season-ticket holders will have tickets held at will call, also for $5 each.
Orem will host games two (and three, if necessary) Monday and Tuesday, both at 6:35 p.m.
HOME RUN RACE
Grand Junction now leads Ogden 109-103 in the season-end race to determine which franchise will hold the new Pioneer League record for team home runs in a season. Both have eclipsed the previous record of 97.
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