Ogden Raptors bats quieted, late rally falls short in Grand Junction

Saturday , July 07, 2018 - 9:58 PM

It took more than a week, but someone finally silenced Ogden’s bats.

The Raptors totaled three hits through eight innings Saturday night at Grand Junction, eventually falling 5-4 to the Rockies after a late rally fell short.

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Trailing 5-1, the Raptors (15-8) eclipsed their hit total for the game in the ninth inning. Chris Roller, Dillon Paulson and Miguel Vargas each hit full-count singles to center field to begin the top of the ninth, pulling the score to 5-2.

A groundout from James Outman scored Paulson, and a Drew Avans single scored Matt Cogen to make it 5-4.

Ogden got Avans to second base, representing the tying run, but Jeremy Arocho grounded out to third to end the game.

The loss ended a Raptors streak of winning 11 of their last 12 games and of reaching double-digit hits in nine straight. Ogden totaled seven hits in the loss.

The who behind the bat-silencing was Wander Cabrera. The 6-foot-1 lefty threw six stellar innings for Grand Junction (10-13), allowing three hits and one run while striking out five to keep the Raptors at bay.

Jacob Bird and Reagan Todd kept it going, throwing scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively, combining with Cabrera to retire 11 straight Raptors.

Will Tribucher gave up the ninth-inning barrage to Ogden before Alexander Martinez earned his sixth save of the season.

Before Ogden’s ninth, neither team scored for five straight innings.

The Rockies did all their offensive work early — specifically, Hunter Stovall. The 5-foot-8 second baseman made his debut Saturday after being drafted this year by the Colorado Rockies. 

Stovall hit two home runs in 280 college at-bats for Mississippi State this season. In the first inning, he smacked a two-run homer to give Grand Junction a 2-0 lead.

In the third, he did it again, matching his college-season total in his first two professional at-bats and giving the Rockies a 5-1 lead.

Before the ninth, Raptors outfielder Niko Hulsizer hit two doubles — one of them driving in a run in the second — as Ogden’s only offensive life. Vargas also finished with two hits.

Caleb Sampen made his first professional start for Ogden, his only real mistakes coming on the Stovall homers. He allowed five hits, struck out two and walked none in 2 1/3 innings.

Mark Washington threw three scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three. He and Ogden catcher Ramon Rodriguez ended both the sixth and the seventh innings with strike-out, throw-out double plays.

Idaho Falls (14-9) defeated Orem, dropping Ogden’s lead in the Pioneer League South to one game.

Ogden and Grand Junction finish their five-game series at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Raptors have Monday off before returning to Ogden for a seven-game homestand.

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