Osprey blast their way past Raptors

Wednesday , August 06, 2014 - 10:14 AM

OGDEN – The Missoula Osprey tagged four home runs en route to an 8-3 victory over the Ogden Raptors at Lindquist Field Tuesday night.

Osprey catcher Tyler Baker put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with a two-run homer to give the final tally. Baker, who was 3-for-3 from the plate with a double, made the Raptors pay for a two-out error that extended the inning.

Missoula jumped on top early as Ogden starter J.D. Underwood lasted only one inning and departed feeling ill. Fernery Ozuna and Stewart Ijames hit back-to-back home runs off Underwood to give the Osprey a 3-0 lead.

“It was similar to what happened to (Raptors pitcher John) Richy,” Ogden manager Jack McDowell said. “I don’t know if we have a radiation problem on the mound or what, but he felt dizzy and out of it. He wasn’t able to lock in after that, and you could tell.”

Missoula starter Yefrey Ramirez turned in four innings of resplendent pitching, allowing only one baserunner via a walk. His start turned sour in the fifth, however, when Raptors third baseman Yensys Capellan blasted a solo home run to make the score 4-1.

Ramirez hit Ivan Vela with his next pitch and was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Ryan Powers, bringing Missoula manager Audo Vicente sprinting from the dugout. Powers ejected Vicente after about one minute, then endured argument for five more.

In two pitches, Ramirez went from pitching a no-hitter to sitting in the clubhouse.

Even with Ramirez gone, the Raptors totaled only five hits on the night – two from Capellan, who homered again in the sixth inning.

“Last night, we put the ball in play hard, forced their defense to make some plays and that was a big part of our offense,” McDowell explained. “Tonight, you saw a lot of overswings and lazy fly balls. You tip your hat to the pitchers for getting them in those situations.”

The two teams continue their series Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

TEMPLE TOUR SPECIAL: For the duration of the Ogden Temple open house, the Raptors are issuing free general admission to anyone presenting a temple tour ticket at the box office.

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