clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Grand Junction Rockies forfeit victory overturned, will resume game Wednesday

What the hell? The Ogden Raptors walked off the field with their manager in a fit only moments away from a likely 4-2 win. Instead, they forfeited to the Grand Junction Rockies ... but that was overturned.

Ogden Raptors manager Jack McDowell, everyone.
Ogden Raptors manager Jack McDowell, everyone.
David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the most bizarre turn of events I've ever seen in a professional sporting event, the Ogden Raptors officially forfeited a game to the Grand Junction Rockies despite holding a 4-2 lead after six and a half innings.

The weather had been dreary all night and intermittent rain gave way to a steady stream moving into the fifth inning. Around this time, the Raptors (a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) coaching staff began bombastically arguing with the two-man umpire crew, presumably to call the game.

Manager Jack McDowell, who according to sources around the Rockies was involved in a brawl with Idaho Falls recently, could be heard screaming obscenities from the press box. The fact that the rain had thinned the crowd certainly helped.

The exact nature of the dispute remains unclear, but the umpires are contending that the field was playable and that the Raptors' refusal to take the field resulted in an automatic forfeit. Walking around some of Ogden's players who still stood eerily in uniform as the ballpark emptied after the game, a sense of confusion permeated. Whatever happened, they absolutely didn't mean to forfeit a game that would have brought them to within a half game of their opponents with little season left had the result stood.

It's possible this was an overreaction from an umpiring crew that was sick of hearing from McDowell, but from where I sat, it looked like a manager intent on being right and acting without patience. He may have had a case -- the rain was pretty thick -- but McDowell made himself the spectacle. Our friends at the Purple Dinosaur Podcast reminded me this is nothing new for him:

The ruling is now under dispute according to the Patrick Saunders of Grand Junction, Patti Arnold:

To add another wrench in this whole mess, Grand Junction broadcaster Adam Spolane points out:

This is especially bad news for Yonathan Daza who was 3-for-3 in this game and is now 8-for-8 going back to his last one, but of course, in a forfeit all stats are wiped out and the team gets a 9-0 win.

Unless the league rules they didn't.

UPDATE: Raptors beat writer Brett Hein added clarification to the forfeit rule and how it relates to the stats from the game:

All stats stand, score changed to 9-0.

UPDATE No. 2: According to MiLB's Tyler Maun, Ogden's protest has been upheld and the game will resume sometime tonight in the bottom of the seventh inning:

Though with the threat of rain this evening, nothing is certain and Hein suggests the rest of the game could be made up in Ogden.

This story is strange. Stay tuned to Purple Row for more updates.