Chukars can't beat Raptors

Jun 28 2013 - 11:14pm

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- With or without the long ball, the Raptors have the Idaho Falls Chukars all figured out.

The Ogden Raptors claimed their fifth win in a row over Idaho Falls, taking a 7-3 victory over the Chukars on Friday night in Pioneer League action at Melaleuca Field.

Ogden won its first four against Idaho Falls at Lindquist Field.

Friday, on the road, the Raptors (6-3 overall) bunched their hits in a couple of big innings, picking up the 'W' without a home run.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Raptors scored three runs to take the lead. Dillon Moyer walked and moved to second on a passed ball to start the inning. Zach Babitt sacrificed Moyer to third. Hank Yates doubled home Moyer with a hit to left-center to tie the game.

Two batters later, Pat Stover singled home Yates and then stole second. After Gerson Nunez hit an infield single to short, Alex Santana hit an RBI single to left to give the Raptors a 3-1 lead.

The Raptors pushed it to 7-1 in the fourth against the Chukars (2-7).

Jake Chaplin started the inning with a bunt single. Two straight walks to Moyer and Babitt loaded the bases and knocked Chukars starting pitcher Cody Reed out of the game.

Yates then hit a grounder to shortstop where Humberto Arteaga tried to get Chaplin out at the plate but was unsuccessful. Kyle Farmer then drove in a run with a groundout to short.

Stover followed with an RBI single off reliever Tyler Mack's leg. Nunez finished the scoring with another RBI groundout for a 7-1 lead.

Starter Victor Araujo pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Reliever Jordan Hershiser earned the win with the next three innings. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and struck out four. Jacob Rhame ended the game with two hitless innings, striking out three.

Stover had the only multi-hit game for Ogden, going 3-for-5 with three singles.

The two teams continue their four-game series Saturday. Zachary Bird will make his Raptors debut against Jake Junis.

* RAPTORS NOTES: Santana (.458) and Nunez (.429) currently lead the Pioneer League in hitting. ... The Raptors are tied with Helena and Grand Junction for most home runs with nine each. ...

Helena tops the North Division with a 6-3 record.

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