In what I can only describe as one of the most crazy-ass things I've ever seen, the Ogden Raptors finished off a win in a game that was initially ruled a forfeit on their behalf. After the ruling, an official protest was issued and the Pioneer League released the following statement:
PBL President, Jim McCurdy, reviewed the forfeiture declaration for the game between in the Ogden Raptors and the Grand Junction Rockies, August 26th, to determine that the rain intervened to render the field unplayable prior to the completion of the forfeiture declaration process established by the accepted protocols and common practice accompanying the baseball rules. The interrupted process rendered the deceleration incomplete and inoperative. McCurdy denied the request of the Raptors to recognize a completed game victory due to the team's involvement in the delay of play during the 7th inning. Utilizing his powers vested by the PBL Constitution & By-Laws to protect the integrity of the game and PBL championship season, McCurdy treated the game as a suspended game and ordered the resumed play from the start of the bottom of the 7th inning.
All cleared up?
So we began right where we left off, with the rain coming down and in the bottom of the seventh inning.
As the managers exchanged lineup cards before play resumed, the Grand Junction blared Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" which echoed the sentiments of everyone I talked to around the club who like that Ogden manager Jack McDowell was rewarded for some pretty ugly behavior.
The Rockies went quietly in the seventh, but mounted a bit of a rally when Yonathan Daza hit a double to lead off the eighth. It was his ninth hit in his last nine at bats. He was 4-4 in the game and came around to score on a Kevin Padlo single.
That would be all the Rockies could muster though as the rally fell short.
Game 2 is beginning now. Tune in to The Vault and listen to Adam Spolane call that action. Who knows what could happen tonight?