BILLINGS. Mont. — The Ogden Raptors are ready to get off the road.
The Raptors dropped a 5-0 decision to the Billings Mustangs on Sunday afternoon, ending up with a 2-2 series split with the Pioneer League North Division leaders.
Ogden managed just a pair of singles on Sunday at Dehler Park, wrapping up a seven-game road trip. Manager Damon Berryhill’s squad is 6-4 in its last 10 games.
The Raptors (10-11 second half) hustle home to start a homestand at Lindquist Field, beginning tonight versus the Missoula Osprey.
The Mustangs 15-6 second half) picked up the only run they would need in the first inning. Beau Amaral started the game with a walk and moved to third two batters later on a Carlos Sanchez single. Daniel Pigott then drove in Amaral with an RBI fielder’s choice.
The Mustangs extended the lead in the fourth when Robert Maddox hit his 11th home run of the season, a solo shot to right. Billings added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Corey Seager singled in the second inning to center, and Jesus Valdez singled in the seventh inning for the Raptors’ only hits of the game. Ogden didn’t get a runner past second base in the contest.
Lindsey Caughel was tagged with the tough-luck loss. The right-hander pitched six innings and allowed just two runs on three hits, striking out four.
Billings starter Drew Cisco earned his fourth win. He pitched five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Raptors outfielder Jeremy Rathjen finished the day 0-for-4, ending his on-base streak at 35 games, second-longest in Pioneer League history.
NOTE: Gregg Downing will make his first start for the Raptors this season against Missoula’s Jared Ray. ... Ogden again leads the Pioneer League in attendance, and will surpass the 100,000 mark for the season midweek. The Raptors are currently averaging 3,539 fans per game, followed by Billings (3,163), Grand Junction (2,632) and Idaho Falls (2,587).