OREM -- Raptors pitcher Zachary Bird started Sunday's Pioneer League game in perfect fashion.
Despite giving up no hits through 4 2/3 innings, Bird and the Raptors ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 shutout loss to Orem in Pioneer League action at Brown Bllpark.
The Raptors outhit the Owlz 9-4 but still lost the final game of the series in Orem. The Raptors were shut out for the second time this season, going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Bird held the Owlz without a baserunner until Cal Towey was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth. Orem's first hit came on a broken-bat single to right by Ranyelmy Mendoza with two outs in the fifth. Mendoza was immediately caught stealing to end the inning.
The Owlz scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. Michael Fish walked to lead off. Zac Livingston then dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Third baseman Adam Law tried to bare hand the bunt, but dropped the ball, and everyone was safe.
Mark Shannon then doubled down the right-field line to break the scoreless tie. Jose Rondon followed with an RBI single to give the Owlz a 2-0 lead.
Bird finished after six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
The Raptors had many opportunites to score.
Ogden started the game with consecutive singles but two flyouts and a strikeout left the runners stranded.
In the fourth inning, Jacob Scavuzzo hit an infield single to third base to load the bases with one out. However, Austin Cowen grounded into a double play.
In the fifth, Jesmuel Valentin reached base on an error, stole second, but was stranded after a groundout.
In the sixth inning, Alex Santana doubled with two outs, but Scavuzzo left him there after a strikeout.
In the seventh, Cowen started the inning with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Cowen was left on third after a strikeout and a flyout ended the inning.
In the eighth, Jesus Valde doubled to left-center field with two outs, but Santana grounded out to third to end that inning.
The Raptors will enjoy an off day Monday before returning home to Lindquist Field for a four-game series against the Great Falls Voyagers. Luis De Paula will start for Ogden against Andrew Mitchell.