Ogden mound staff stifles Chukars

Jul 1 2013 - 11:20pm

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Francisco Villa (file photo)
Francisco Villa (file photo)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Raptors pitcher Francisco Villa was pretty darn good Monday night.

Three of his teammates out of the bullpen were even better.

Ogden took advantage of an impressive team pitching performance to turn back the Idaho Falls Chukars 2-1 Monday night in Pioneer League action at Melaleuca Field.

In taking three of four from the Raptors (3-9), the Raptors (8-4) pulled into a tie with the Grand Junction Rockies atop the P.L.'s South Division just a dozen games into the season.

The two teams square off tonight and Wednesday in Grand Junction.

Monday, Villa started for the Raptors and pitched the first six innings. The right-hander allowed just one run on five hits and struck out six. Villa retired 10 in a row at one point.

In the top of the sixth inning, Ogden tied the game at 1-1.

With one out, Dillon Moyer reached on a single to second base. After Zach Babitt sacrificed Moyer to second, Brandon Trinkwon tied the game by scoring Moyer with a single to right.

Ogden took the lead in the seventh. With one out, Pat Stover doubled to center. Jesus Valdez followed win an RBI single to center to give the Raptors a 2-1 lead.

Meanwhile, Raptos relievers were unhittable.

The first pitcher out of the bullpen was Luis De Paula, who pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two.

After Thomas Taylor pitched a perfect eighth, Jacob Rhame earned his first save with a perfect ninth, striking out one.

Chukars starter Luke Farrell had a good night on the mound but got no decision. Farrell, a right-hander, was perfect through 4.2 innings before a Joey Curletta single gave the Raptors their first baserunner. Farrell finished the game after six innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out seven.

Idaho Falls scored first in the second inning. Cody Stubbs tripled to center to start the inning. Two batters later, Frank Schwindell singled him home to center to give the Chukars a 1-0 lead.

Josiel Martinez took the loss for the Chukars.

Jonathan Martinez will pitch for Ogden against Helmis Rodriguez tonight in Colorado. 

Orem held on to defeat Grand Junction 9-8 on Monday.

* PIONEER LEAGUE NOTES: The season is split into two halves, with 38 games in each. The winner of the first half meets the second-half winner in a best-of-3 series, with the winner advancing to play the North Division playoff winner for the Pioneer League title. Ogden has been in the playoffs the last five seasons. ...

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