OREM -- The first four innings of Sunday's contest between Ogden and Orem was pretty typical Pioneer League fare, to the tune of 10 runs, 12 hits and six errors as the visiting Raptors built a 6-4 lead at Brown Ballpark.
But the Raptors' pitching staff shut down the Owlz in decidedly un-rookie league style after that, on the way to a solid 6-5 victory to close out the teams' four-game series.
Ogden went 3-1 in the series and owns the best record in the Pioneer League at 6-1. Orem fell to 1-6 on the young season.
Ogden returns home to open a homestand tonight against the Idaho Falls Chukars. Game time is 7 p.m. at Lindquist Field.
Raptors manager Damon Berryhill used four pitchers in relief of starter Matt Laney, and the bullpen delivered with near perfection.
Ross Stripling pitched the fifth and gave up one run in his pro debut, Duke von Schamann hurled a pair of perfect innings to earn his first pro victory, Sawil Gonzalez added a scoreless eighth and closer Owen Jones pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first pro save.
Orem starter Jairo Diaz took the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, over the first four innings.
The Owlz outhit the Raptors 9-8, but Ogden used a pair of three-run innings to build its lead. In the second frame, Jeremy Rathjen singled to start the inning. After Alex Santana reached on a fielder's choice with Rathjen out at second, Kevin Thompson doubled. Then, as J.J. Ethel walked, Orem catcher Sam Mulroy allowed a passed ball, letting Santana score. Two batters later, Darnell Sweeney and Justin Boudreaux produced consecutive RBI singles, to give the Raptors a 3-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, trailing 4-3, the Raptors parlayed more Orem fielding miscues into the lead. Ethel started by reaching on a dropped-third strike. Then, Devon Ethier and Sweeney reached on back-to-back errors by the Owlz, which allowed Ethel to score. Boudreaux then drove in another run with an RBI groundout to short. Devin Shines followed with a run-scoring triple to right-center, giving the Raptors a 6-4 lead.
Thompson had three hits for the Raptors. Jonathan Walsh and Andrew Ray had a pair of hits each for the Owlz.
RAPTORS NOTES: Boudreaux has now reached safely in 27 games for the Raptors, dating back to last season. ... The Pioneer League's top hitter -- Ogden's Jesus Valdez (.560) -- had the day off. ...The Raptors led the Pioneer League in attendance again last season ( 130,817 fans). ... Carlos Frias will start for the Raptors against the Chukars' Andrew Ferguson.