Carpenter's walk-off walk moves Raptors into first place

Saturday , August 27, 2016 - 9:59 PM3 comments

MICHAEL GRENNELL, Standard-Examiner correspondent

Brock Carpenter was the hero of the game for the Ogden Raptors, as he drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to beat the Rockies 5-4 and move the Raptors into sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League South Division.

Back-to-back singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as Carpenter stepped up to the plate. Carpenter watched four pitches go past to bring the count to 3-1, and with the crowd cheering and on their feet, he watched ball four fly past to get the walk and bring Luis Paz in to score the winning run.

Cody Thomas provided the rest of the offense for the Raptors, hitting two home runs — a three run home run and a solo home run — to tie the game 4-4 after the Raptors had trailed through the first five innings. It was Thomas’ second multihome-run game of the season as he became just the fourth Raptor in the last five seasons to hit 12 or more home runs in a season. Thomas is now third in the Pioneer League in home runs behind Helena Brewers first baseman Ronnie Gideon (15) and Missoula Osprey third baseman Eudy Ramos (13).

The Raptors had Nolan Long start the series finale, but he only lasted three innings against the Rockies. Long gave up four runs — three earned -— on five hits while striking out seven.

After Long exited the game, the Raptors bullpen shut down the Rockies offense as four pitchers combined to allow only three hits over the final seven innings. Vinny Santarsiero earned his first career win four days after making his professional debut. He pitched a perfect 10th inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The win moved the Raptors into first place in the Pioneer League South Division for the first time this season. They now hold a half-game lead over Grand Junction with 12 games left in the regular season.

The Raptors (15-11) will head out on the road for their next series against the Idaho Falls Chukars. Willian Soto will start for the Raptors at Melaleuca Field Sunday at 4 p.m.

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