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Edwin Rios collects 3 hits as Ogden ends season

Dodgers sixth-round pick Edwin Rios ended his first pro season with a three-hit game on Tuesday.
Dodgers sixth-round pick Edwin Rios ended his first pro season with a three-hit game on Tuesday.
Photo: Richard Lewis

The final day of the Dodgers minor league regular season ended with the rookie-level Ogden Raptors falling to the Grand Junction Rockies 5-4 in 10 innings.

Player of the day

Edwin Rios, the Dodgers' sixth-round pick in 2015, went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk in defeat. In his last nine games with the Raptors, Rios hit .333/.405/.667 with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.

Game recap

Outfielder Alex Santana tripled, doubled and walked, and second baseman Kelvin Ramos was 2-for-5 with a double. Corey Copping, the Dodgers' 31st-round pick this year, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

Grand Junction first baseman Collin Ferguson hit a solo home run with two outs in the 10th inning against Shea Spitzbarth, working his second inning, to end the Raptors' season.

Despite the loss, Ogden finished the season on fire, with 24 wins in its last 32 games. The Raptors pulled a 1981 Cincinnati Reds, owning the best record in the Pioneer League over the entire season (43-33) but since they didn't win either half, Ogden will be home for the playoffs.

Ogden was 19-19 in the first half, five games behind Orem Owlz (Angels) and in third place in the South Division. In the second half, the Raptors were 24-14, one game behind the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals)


Fun minutiae

As noted by Brett Hein of the Standard Examiner, the Raptors used 67 different players in 2015. The Ogden beat writer also passed along this tidbit:


None, but with Triple-A Oklahoma City opening their Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly was vague about the possibility or the timing of possible call-ups for relief pitchers Adam Liberatore or Carlos Frias.

"It could be any time. It could be after [the playoffs], it could be not at all, it could be tomorrow," Mattingly said. "We're just trying to make sure those guys continue to pitch."

Tuesday box score

Grand Junction 5, Ogden 4 (10)

Wednesday schedule

4:05 p.m. PT: Game 1 of Midwest League Eastern Division Quarterfinal (best-of-three)
Lansing (Blue Jays) (Shane Dawson) at Great Lakes (Grant Holmes)

5:05 p.m. PT: Game 1 of PCL American Conference Finals (best-of-five)
Oklahoma City (Zach Lee) at Round Rock (Rangers) (TBD)