Cogen, Vargas swing Ogden Raptors to blowout win of Idaho Falls
OGDEN — Saturday’s game began much like Friday’s did for the Ogden Raptors.
But, after giving up a first-inning run, the Raptors erased Friday’s woeful clutch-hitting slump and kept it going up and down the lineup, keyed by a hot Matt Cogen, and claimed a 13-3 win over the Idaho Falls Chukars at Lindquist Field.
Trailing 1-0, Ogden (28-14, 2-2) outfielder Daniel Robinson hit a one-out double to left. Friday’s 0-for-17 performance with runners in scoring position was quickly pushed aside by Dillon Paulson, who singled to score Robinson and tie the game.
Ogden starter Kevin Malisheski otherwise pitched around any trouble, but the Raptors trailed 3-1 after two innings when a fly-ball error from Niko Hulsizer in left field allowed two Chukars to score.
The Raptors got it all back and more in the third. Jacob Amaya led off with a solo home run, his second of the homestand. After Dillon Paulson doubled, Miguel Vargas, Cogen, James Outman and Tre Todd all singled in the frame to put Ogden ahead 6-3.
Cogen later hit a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-3.
The powerful lefty then combined with burgeoning youngster Vargas to light up the crowd of 3,426 in the eighth inning.
Vargas — who finished 3 for 5 to break a 0-for-20 slump — crushed a rocket to left field for a two-run, 430-foot blast. Cogen followed with one of his own to right-center, a solo 423-foot drive.
Those homers capped a thunderous night for Ogden’s bats as the Raptors finished with 16 hits. Malisheski allowed five hits in five innings and Justin Lewis, Gregorio Sequera and Luis Pasen allowed just one more over the final four innings.
The two teams finish their two-game set at 4 p.m. Sunday.
TRANSACTIONS: Outfielder Chris Roller was called up to Single-A Great Lakes after hitting .312 in 26 games as a Raptor. Ogden received pitchers Yeison Cespedes and Justin Hagenman from Single-A.
PLAYOFF CHOICE: Ogden exercised its choice of which playoff games to host as first-half division champions Friday. The Raptors chose to host Games 2 and 3 of the South Division series. Those games will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8-9.