There have been some wild games at Fort Marcy Ballpark since the Pecos League planted a team there four years ago, but Wednesday night’s shootout between Roswell and host Santa Fe was among the best.
Down by four runs twice, the Fuego rallied to take a four-run lead of their own before falling 16-15 in a game that lasted nearly four hours. They had the tying run in scoring position when the Invaders finally recorded the last out.
Roswell battered Santa Fe’s revolving door of pitchers to the tune of 18 hits and six home runs. Invaders cleanup man Danny Grauer had a career night, going deep three times and driving in nine runs, finishing the game 4-for-5. He set the tone by hammering a grand slam in the top of the first inning, then was part of back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second as Roswell took early leads of 4-0 and 7-3.
Santa Fe used seven pitchers, six of whom didn’t last at least two innings. That includes starter Juan Vega, who got just one out and left the game having given up Grauer’s grand slam before loading the bases again.
The Fuego rallied to take the lead with a six-run third, then scored five more times in the fifth and sixth to assume a 14-10 lead. Roswell answered with five runs in their half of the seventh, then held on as Ryan Wakefield survived a shaky ninth inning for his 10th save of the season.