OGDEN -- It's hard enough to win one baseball game in a day. Tuesday evening, the Odgen Raptors showed how difficult it is to win two.
The Raptors used a quality outing from pitcher Carlos Frias to beat the Helena Brewers 5-2 in the first game of a back-to-back doubleheader at Lindquist Field before suspect pitching and defense in a 12-4 loss in the nightcap derailed their hopes of sweeping the day.
"Obviously, you want to win both games, and I thought we played well in the first ballgame," said Raptors manager Damon Berryhill. "But in the second one, we just had too many mistakes. They really ended up hurting us."
Ogden (17-12) starting pitcher Carlos Frias made quick work of the Brewers (10-19) in the first game, nearly going the distance in the shortened, seven-inning affair.
After giving up two runs in the first, Frias settled in and faced just three batters over the minimum the rest of the way to stifle the Brewers' bats, which had scored 19 runs in the previous two games of the series. In total, Frias gave up two runs, five hits and a walk while striking out four.
"The last couple outings, (Frias) has gone out and, for the most part, controlled the strike zone," Berryhill said. "Tonight he started off going fastball and changeup, and when he started mixing in his slider he pitched really well."
The Raptors tied the game in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own, courtesy of back-to-back doubles from Devin Shines and Jesus Valdez, followed by a run-scoring single from Corey Seager.
In the third, Eric Smith's lead-off triple allowed the Raptors to take the lead for good before tacking on two insurance runs in the fifth.
Valdez went 2-for-3 in the game and knocked in three of Ogden's five runs.
The Brewers took the suspense out of the nightcap in a hurry. They batted around in the third, knocking out Ogden starter Jake Hermsen in the process, and had scored seven runs by the time reliever Jason West was able to finally extinguish the flames.
Two Raptors errors in the inning -- one each by shortstop Seager and second baseman Malcolm Holland -- allowed the inning to persist, and only three of the Brewers' four runs in the inning were earned.
With the win, the Brewers were able to secure a split of the four-game series.
The Raptors scored just four runs, highlighted by Devon Ethier and Kevin Thompson's run-scoring doubles. Ethier went 2-for-2, and Seager finished 2-for-3.
"They just kept pouring on hits," Seager said. "That made it tough. It gets in the back of your head that the game is (seven innings), but you've still got to come out and hit, and we didn't do that tonight."
The Raptors are off today and begin a seven-game road trip Thursday against Great Falls.