Ogden Raptors blow out Missoula to open homestand
OGDEN — Tuesday night was a sweltering summer night at Lindquist Field, the kind that kept some fans away in favor of air conditioning.
The heat — it was 97 degrees with no wind at first pitch — came on the same night the Ogden Raptors ’ lineup reignited after a brief, two-game dormancy, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits in an 11-4 win against the Missoula Osprey (13-12).
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The two clubs combined for 21 base hits and 10 errors, a very rookie league-esque statistic. One thing non-rookie league about Tuesday’s game was Ogden (16-9) pitchers issuing just one walk.
Because of the errors (perhaps a product of Monday being the first off day all season in the Pioneer League), every pitcher’s ERA was relatively spared.
Ogden first baseman Dillon Paulson broke the game open with a three-run home run to left field to extend the Raptors’ lead to 4-0 in the third inning.
Paulson also made a nice catch in the fourth inning to spear a line drive that came when the batter’s box was in the shade and first base was in the sun.
The Raptors hung six runs on Missoula in the third inning as James Outman and Jair Camargo drove in two runs after Paulson’s homer. Technically, those six runs were more than enough for the Raptors.
But for good measure, Camargo launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Raptors up 8-2. Ronny Brito’s RBI single made it 9-2 in the sixth and Miguel Vargas’ easy RBI double in the eighth made it 10-4 before Brito brought in another run.
Every Ogden batter contributed either a base hit or an RBI. Joel Inoa struck out five batters through the first 4 2/3 innings in the win and the bullpen, particularly Austin Drury, made quick work of the Osprey in the later innings.
NEWS & NOTES
Gersel Pitre’s fourth stint in Ogden is over after he was called back to up Single-A Great Lakes on Monday. Pitre went 6 for 12 at the plate with five RBIs in three games after being assigned him to Ogden earlier this season.
Pitcher Stephen Kolek was also promoted to Great Lakes. He threw 4 1/3 innings in three appearances for Ogden, allowing three earned runs.
Missoula’s Buddy Kennedy smacked a solo home run in the fifth inning that hit the protective netting two-thirds of the way up the scoreboard in left field.
Had there not been any netting, the home run ball likely would’ve hit the part of the scoreboard where his name was displayed as the current batter.