Ogden Raptors take series from Missoula with another run barrage
OGDEN — In the end, Ogden’s bats would not relent.
A day after erasing an early 4-0 deficit to Missoula but losing, Ogden built an early 4-0 lead and gave it up late. But one big swing answered back, several more provided insurance and the Raptors defeated the Osprey 11-4 Friday night at Lindquist Field.
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Missoula (14-14) racked up four runs against Ogden (18-10) reliever Justin Bruihl in the seventh inning to tie the game 4-4.
But Dillon Paulson came to the rescue. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, he lifted a pitch high over the right-field wall for a 5-4 lead. That gives the Ogden outfielder five homers this season, tied for the league lead.
Austin Drury made sure it would stand up.
After relieving Justin Bruihl in the seventh, Drury gave up a double to Buddy Kennedy that hit high off the left-center wall. Jesus Marriaga came around to score and tie the game, but James Outman played the carom well in centerfield. He relayed to Jacob Amaya, who fired home to Jair Camargo.
Camargo fielded the ball in front of the plate, dove to the back of the plate and tagged out the would-be go-ahead baserunner Brandon Leyton to end the inning.
That play kept it tied. It was also the only hit Drury would allow (the run going to Bruihl’s pitching credit). He threw perfect eighth and ninth innings, striking out David Sanchez in three pitches to end the game while the season-high crowd of 5,368 fans cheered on its feet.
Drury has appeared four times for Ogden and has yet to allow a run in seven innings, allowing five hits, striking out five and walking none.
Caleb Sampen was nearly perfect as well. The Raptors starter gave up no hits, no runs, struck out two and walked none in a three-inning start. The only blemish came on the game’s leadoff hitter, who reached on an error from shortstop Jacob Amaya.
Ogden beat up Missoula reliever Melvin Ovalles. Paulson’s go-ahead homer came against Ovalles and the Raptors added six more runs in the eighth before he was pulled.
Jeremy Arocho and Matt Cogen ripped two-RBI singles in the frame. Miguel Vargas also singled in a run, while another scored after his single on a throwing error, creating the final 11-4 tally.
Arocho led the Raptors at the plate with three hits. Amaya, Paulson, Vargas, James Outman and Chris Roller each had two. Cogen totaled three RBIs.
The game ends a four-game series between the teams. Ogden welcomes the Helena Brewers to town for the final time Saturday in the first of a three-game set. Helena is relocating to Colorado Springs this offseason.
NEWS & NOTES
— Helena defeated Idaho Falls (16-12) on Friday, extending Ogden’s lead back to two games in the Pioneer League South first half. There are 10 games remaining and Ogden also holds a tiebreaker over Idaho Falls.
— All four games of the series against Missoula ended with the winning team scoring 11 runs, with Ogden taking three wins (11-4, 11-0, 4-11, 11-4).
— Two right-handed pitchers moved from the Arizona League to Ogden on Friday: Ricardo Hernandez and Orlandy Navarro.
Hernandez, 20, threw 8 2/3 innings at other stops this season with a 3.12 ERA and a .257 average against.
Navarro, 19, threw two bad innings in high-A but tossed 7 2/3 scoreless in the Arizona League, allowing just two hits.