Pitchers struggle as Ogden Raptors fall in Idaho Falls on Saturday

Saturday , June 16, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The Ogden Raptors swung the bats better than in Friday’s season opener, but sloppy pitching led to a more lopsided result as the road team fell 12-4 at Idaho Falls on Saturday night.

The Chukars (2-0) built a 5-0 lead before Ogden (0-2) got much going offensively. Raptors starter Kevin Malisheski, a 2016 draft pick, surrendered four earned runs and walked three batters in two innings.

He walked two and gave up a hit to open the third inning before being pulled for Austin Hamilton, who, despite giving up one earned run with no walks in two innings, didn’t fare much better.

Hamilton couldn’t shut the door on Malisheski’s runners, giving up a double to Reed Rohlman that gave Idaho Falls a 3-0 lead. The reliever then threw two wild pitches that allowed runs, putting the Chukars ahead 5-0.

In all, Raptors pitchers combined to walk nine while allowing 12 hits.

Ogden’s bats woke up in a three-run fifth inning that began when catcher Jair Camargo led off with a triple, Jeffrey Souffront drove him home with a single, and Preston Grand Pre doubled.

Those three, plus nine-spot hitter Jeremy Arocho, constituted the bottom of Ogden’s order but each tallied two hits, comprising eight of the Raptors’ 10 hits.

Grand Pre doubled twice in the contest.

CJ Eldred gave up three runs in a six-inning start to grab the win for Idaho Falls.

The teams continue their four-game series Sunday with a 4 p.m. game.

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