Back on track: Raptors ride Patterson's arm to victory

Jul 10 2010 - 11:33pm

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(DJAMILA GROSSMAN/Standard-Examiner) The Ogden Raptors' Red Patterson pitches the ball against the Idaho Falls Chukars in Ogden, on Saturday.
(DJAMILA GROSSMAN/Standard-Examiner) The Ogden Raptors' Red Patterson pitches the ball against the Idaho Falls Chukars in Ogden, on Saturday.

OGDEN -- After dropping a close game Friday night, the Raptors jumped at the opportunity to gain ground on the Pioneer League South leaders Idaho Falls with a 5-2 win in front of a season-high crowd of 5,191 at Lindquist Field on Saturday night.

Red Patterson (1-0) took the mound for the Raptors and found himself in trouble early after walking Yowill Espinal with one out in the first. Espinal was moved to third on a Jake Kuebler double and came around to score after a sacrifice fly to right field from Murray Watts.

Ogden's offense struck in the second as Mike Pericht extended his seven-game on base streak when Starling De La Rosa walked the league home run leader. Pericht moved to second on a Jonathan Garcia base hit that dropped into shallow center field.

Bobby Coyle moved both runners to second and third as he grounded out, followed by Pedro Guerrero's two-run double that put the Raptors up 2-1 and gave Guerrero his third and fourth RBI's of the season.

"We did a much better job tonight with our situational hitting," Ogden skipper Damon Berryhill said. "We did a good job of advancing on balls in the dirt, and a much better job of advancing runners past second and putting pressure on the defense."

The Raptors struck again in the third when Leon Landry's grounder was enough to get him on base after Idaho Falls first baseman Jake Kuebler dropped the throw.

Landry stole second on the next pitch, and made it to third after catcher Kevin David bobbled a throw that was in the dirt. He came around to score making it a 3-1 ball game when Jake Lemmerman brought him in with a sacrifice fly.

After the first, Patterson held Idaho Falls scoreless through four innings with his slider mystifying the Chukars throughout the evening.

Patterson again evaded trouble with two on in the fourth, striking out two and ending the inning with a ground out. The 6-foot-3 right-hander struck out seven through five innings on his way to a second straight win while walking two and giving up one run on three hits.

"I've been working a lot on my mechanics and I've felt really comfortable in my last two starts," he said.

Casio Grider scored from third on a wild pitch in the fifth to extend the Raptors lead to three.

Idaho Falls got within two in the sixth inning when Kuebler smacked his third homerun of the year on Jake McCarter's first pitch after relieving Patterson on the mound.

Ogden answered in the eighth tacking on another run when Bobby Coyle ripped a two-out double down the right field line, scoring Lemmerman from second and reinstating their three-run lead.

Ogden (10-10) hosts Idaho Falls (11-9) again this afternoon at 4 p.m. and close out the series with the Chukars on Monday at 7 p.m.

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