HELENA, Mont. -- The hitting stars found their Saturday night groove.
Ogden Raptors designated hitter Pat Stover was a triple away from hitting for the cycle in an 8-3 Pioneer League win over the Helena Brewers at Kendrick Legion Field.
In the first inning, Gerson Nunez hit a solo homer to left field before Stover's first hit. Nunez pulled the first pitch down the line for his fourth home run of the season to take a 1-0 lead.
Stover then chopped a swinging bunt single down the third-base line.
In the second inning, Stover got his double.
The scoring started with one out though when Joey Curletta reached on an error by shortstop Angel Ortega. Hank Yates followed with a double to right-center field to plate Curletta.
Two batters later, Brandon Trinkwon doubled into the right-field corner to score Yates.
After Nunez was hit by a pitch, a wild pitch by Tristan Archer (0-1) moved the runners to second and third. Stover then doubled down the right-field line, bringing home two runs and giving the Raptors a 5-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Stover got his home run.
Leading off the inning, Stover just cleared the wall in center field for his second home run of the year, putting the Raptors ahead 7-2.
Jonathan Martinez earned the win for the Raptors. The right-hander pitched six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits, striking out four and walking none.
Martinez (2-1) has walked just one batter in 26 innings this season, lowest ratio in the Pioneer League.
The Raptors hit five doubles in the win, one off the season high.