Raptors outslug Osprey in wild game

Jul 19 2013 - 11:21pm

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OGDEN -- Neither team in this series was interested in any kind of dramatic finish.

Walk-off home runs? Dramatic late inning rallies? Sorry, nope.

The Raptors outslugged the Osprey 14-10 Friday night at Lindquist Field in the only meeting of the three-game series to be determined by fewer than nine runs.

Ogden won easily, 20-3, in the first game, followed by Missoula's 10-1 victory Thursday. Friday's game in front of 4,480 was more competitive but still a decisive win for the Raptors.

Brandon Trinkwon went 5 for 6 with two doubles and two RBIs as the Raptors brought a balanced attack. Six Ogden hitters had multiple hits, four drove in a pair of runs apiece and all but two had at least one RBI as the Raptors won the first and the last game to claim the series.

Hank Yates homered and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to become the second Phoenix,. Ariz., native to have a big game in this series against his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks' rookie league affiliate -- Joey Curletta had seven RBIs against the Osprey on Wednesday.

In one night, Trinkwon improved his batting average from .325, good for 10th in the Pioneer League entering Friday, all the way to .360.

He felt locked in at the plate.

"You're just not thinking," Trinkwon said. "You're up there trying to see the ball, you're picking up spin well, which I am right now and you're just groovin' -- you're not thinking too much."

The UC Santa Barbara product from Tustin, Calif., a seventh round selection in the 2013 draft, has been tearing up Osprey pitching at home, with a homer, four doubles and nine hits in the series.

Even when the Raptors were two-hit on Thursday, Trinkwon hit the ball hard in nearly every at bat and was responsible for the double that broke up Felipe Perez's shutout in the ninth inning.

As the Raptors (15-13) head into the home stretch of the first half, they sit in second place in the Pioneer League South Division, three games back of Grand Junction (18-10).

"You always want to be in first place but you've got to somewhat keep your eye off the standings," Trinkwon said. "It's the purple elephant in the room, everyone knows where we are, but we're battling our hearts out trying to catch up to the Rockies. We obviously want to win this first half so we can get into the playoffs."

Ogden right-hander Jonathan Martinez became the first Raptors starter to pitch into the seventh inning this season, allowing four hits and five runs with three strikeouts over 6 2-3 innings, Daniel Palka brought the Osprey back within a touchdown with a three-run rocket home run to right field to cut the lead to 14-7 in the seventh. Missoula added two in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Palka and Joe Munoz had two hits and three RBIs each for the Osprey (12-16). Blayne Weller (1-4) took the loss, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The Raptors welcome the Helena Brewers to town tonight at 7 p.m. to begin a four-game series at Lindquist Field. Ogden will also be hosting "Pink the Park Night" in honor of Emilie Parker, who died during the Newtown, Conn., shootings last December. Parker's family will be in attendance and the Raptors will wear pink jerseys which will be auctioned after the game to support the Emilie Parker fund. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.

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