The Grand Junction Rockies surrendered a three-run lead, and fell victim to a controversial strikeout in the 9th inning to fall 9-7 to the Ogden Raptors 9-7 Monday at Suplizio Field.
The Rockies led 4-1 off a Niko Decolati home run in the 2nd inning, but starting pitcher Alfredo Garcia (2-5) surrendered five runs in the 5th inning. Raptors and Junction both tallied two runs in the 8th and Ogden led 9-7 heading into the 9th.
Grand Junction nearly began a rally in their half of the inning. Will Golsan reached base on a leadoff walk, and Coco Montes seemed to draw ball four in his plate appearance. However, home plate umpire Matt Herrera called strike three on a ball that seemed well off the plate. Montes and head coach Jake Opitz were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Decolati and Grant Lavigne failed to reach base following the ejections.
The Rockies falls to 4-2 in the second half of the season. They'll continue their series with the Ogden Raptors Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. from Suplizio Field.