Ogden Raptors struggle in the field, still prevail over Helena Brewers 7-3

Saturday , July 15, 2017 - 10:24 PM

AUSTIN FACER, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

OGDEN — Despite committing four errors in the field, the Ogden Raptors defeated the Helena Brewers 7-3 in the first game of a four-game home series Saturday night at Lindquist Field.

The Raptors (13-13) opened the game’s scoring with two runs in the second on a home run from Starling Heredia.

Helena (12-14) quickly tied it up with two runs on its own in the third.  Ogden regained the lead in the fourth with two more runs, and held on for the win, only allowing Helena to score once more in the eighth while adding to its lead along the way. 

The start turned out better for the Raptors than it has in previous contests. In three of their last four games, the Raptors were forced to pull their starting pitcher in the first inning — but in Saturday’s match-up, hurler Carlos Felix gave the home team four innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts.

He was replaced in to start of the fifth by Matt Jones, who picked up the win for the victorious Raptors.

Former University of Utah ace Jayson Rose started on the mound for Helena. While credited with the loss, he struck out six while allowing four runs on three hits.

Heredia nearly hit for the cycle in the win, lacking just a double as he went 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs. Tyler Adkison was the only other Raptor with multiple hits, going 2 for 4 with a double.

The two teams will play again at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lindquist Field.

TRANSACTIONS

Prior to Saturday’s contest, Ogden received a pair of former Raptors back designated for assignment from the class-A Great Lakes Loons. Right-handed pitchers Vinny Santarsiero and Brayan Morales were back in the Raptors clubhouse after stints at the next level. 

One day after being designated for assignment from Great Lakes back to Ogden, catcher Garrett Hope received a promotion to the class-AA Tulsa Drillers. 

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