Grand Junction takes care of Ogden Raptors 8-4; Maberry Hit Streak reached 29 games | Ogden raptors
Ogden’s Chris Campbell made his first start in 25 appearances but suffered defeat when Josh Elvir scored a two-run double in the third inning and the Grand Junction Rockies beat the Raptors 8-4 on Saturday night in Grand Junction.
Some of Ogden’s main acts continued at loss. Jakob Goldfarb was hit by a pitch in the first inning (the eighth time in his last eight games) and stole second base (his 25 to 29 games.
The Raptors (32-23, 3-4 second half) extended their lead to 2-0 when Josh Broughton hit a solo homer in the top of the third inning.
But Elvir’s doubles gave the Rockies (31-23, 5-2) a 3-2 lead.
Anthony Donatella took over and got into trouble in the fifth round, something Justin Watland couldn’t escape after taking over for Donatella when Vinny Esposito hit a 3-run homer to make it 7-2.
Goldfarb got a pair back with a double home run in the sixth game, making it 7-4 and pushing Goldfarb’s league-leading homer number to 18. But that’s as close as it gets, even if Mitchell Miller scored a goalless goal Ball in the last two innings.
If Maberry’s hit streak continues, he’ll be battling the Pioneer Baseball League’s all-time record of 32 when Ogden returns home for a six-game streak against Great Falls next week.
Goldfarb now has 18 home runs with a season depth of 55 games. The league’s all-time record for homer in a single season is 23, when the league played 76 games. That’s 21 games compared to apples to apples, but this season the PBL have 41 games left.
Ogden and Grand Junction play the fifth game of the series on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the last game on Monday at 6:40 p.m.
Big Junction 8, Ogden 4
Boise 3 def. Settlements 3 (knockout)
Missoula 8, Great Falls 7
Idaho Falls 19, Rocky Mountain 1
Idaho Falls 6-1 … 40-15 overall
Great Falls 2-5 … 21-34
Big Junction 5-2 … 31-23
Rocky Mountain 0-7 … 10-44