The Grand Junction Rockies looked set to suffer a second straight loss to Ogden on Saturday, led 5-1 with two strikeouts in the sixth inning in Game 1 of a doubles program at Suplizio Field.
But the Rockies (42-33, 16-12 in the second half) rallied, scoring seven points with two strikeouts for a 9-7 victory. Grand Junction won the second game 5-4 for a twinbill sweep.
Josh Elvir chose with one out, then Austin Elder and Jake Anderson chose to load the bases. After a pitcher change, Rolando Martinez walked for a run and Frankie Jezioro scored a single in a second run.
With the bases still loaded, Nate Scantlin cleared the bases with a triple to push the Rockies ahead, 7-6. After the Raptors (44-34, 15-15 in the second half) changed pitcher again, Vinny Esposito and Luke Roskam marched to reload the bases.
Elvir’s second single of the inning produced two runs for a 9-6 lead at Grand Junction.
Michael Townsend, who took over from the Rockies after Robbie Baker signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, recorded his fourth straight stop, allowing an RBI single to Grand Junction High School graduate Owen Taylor.
Jimmy Dobrash pitched six innings, allowing six runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts to claim the victory.
Scantlin, Elvir and Anderson all had two hits for the Rockies, who finished with eight hits – seven singles and Scantlin’s triple.
In Game 2, the Rockies took a 3-0 lead to lead 4-1 early in the seventh inning.
After the Raptors tied the score at 4-4, Roskam’s two-out RBI single late in the inning gave Grand Junction a sweep.
The clutch of Game 1 continued until the first inning of Game 2 when Jose Gutierrez hit a two-strike-three-run homer to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.
Andy Armstrong had an RBI single in the fifth inning for Ogden to make it 3-1. Anderson’s RBI single in the sixth inning restored Grand Junction’s three-point advantage and set the stage for the seventh.
Alexis Monge opened the bottom of the seventh with a four-length goal. With one out, Monge got into position to score with a stolen base. Roskam then hit a single on a 0-1 pitch to complete the sweep.
The Rockies and Raptors play another doubles program starting at 4 p.m. today at Suplizio Field.