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Chris Mathewson saves Raptors' clutch 12-10 win, move closer to 2nd half title

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Chris Mathewson at Long Beach State, now a Ogden Raptor
Chris Mathewson at Long Beach State, now a Ogden Raptor
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Ogden moved into the first place by a half game with their 12-10 win over Grand Junction on Tuesday night.

Player of the day

Right-handed pitcher Chris Mathewson knew when to pitch his best, the 2016 19th round draft pick out of Long Beach State struck out three in route to recording a 4-out save in the Raptors 12-10 win.

Triple-A Oklahoma City

The Dodgers will begin their playoffs today when they host the Nashville Sound (Athletics).

Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

The Quakes will begin their playoffs today when they host the Lancaster JetHawks (Astros).

Class-A Great Lakes

The Loons will begin their playoffs today when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays),

Pioneer - Ogden

The Raptors took an 11-1 lead and then saw the Rockies have the winning run on base in the eighth inning before hanging on for a tough 12-10 win at Grand Junction on Tuesday night.  The win put the Raptors in first place by a half game.  Which means that now, the Raptors need just one more win over the Rockies to win the 2nd half division title.

Zac Grotz started for the Raptors and had his best start of the season, he went six innings, gave up just one unearned run and three hits.  Despite all the excitement to come later, Grotz picked up his first win of the season for that effort.

The Raptors continued to hit well against the Rockies in this series, Cody Thomas and Gavin Lux each had three hits, Keibert Ruiz, Mitchell Hansen and Thomas each homered.

Trailing 11-1, the Rockies scored five runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth.  With two out and the bases loaded in the eighth, Chris Mathewson got Joel Diaz to pop up to end that inning.

Mathewson would go on to collect the save and he did in dramatic style, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

Transactions

Double-A: Los Angeles recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Baez from Tulsa.

Tuesday Scores

Ogden 12, Grand Junction 10

Wednesday Schedule

4:05 p.m. PT - Bowling Green (Rays) (TBD) at Great Lakes (Yadier Alvarez)

5:05 p.m. - Nashville (Athletics) (Dillon Overton) at Oklahoma City (Scott Kazmir)

6:05 p.m. - Ogden (TBD) at Grand Junction (Riley Pint)

7:05 p.m. - Lancaster (Astros) (Brock Dykxhoorn ) at Rancho Cucamonga (TBD)