11th-inning home run spells doom for Raptors

Aug 20 2013 - 1:32pm

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Ogden Raptors’ Zach Babitt mishandles the ball as Billings Mustangs’ Avain Rachal slides towards second base in Ogden on Monday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Ogden Raptors’ Zach Babitt mishandles the ball as Billings Mustangs’ Avain Rachal slides towards second base in Ogden on Monday.

OGDEN -- At the end of a rough home stand, the Raptors needed to catch a break.

At the end of 11 innings Monday at Lindquist Field, all they got was heartbreak.

Powered by a pair of three-home runs in the late innings, Billings defeated Ogden 10-7 to extend the slumping Raptors' losing streak to four games.

Jose Ortiz's three-run shot off of Michael Johnson (1-2) in the top of the 11th was the K.O. blow for the Mustangs, though the Raptors added one run in the bottom half of the inning.

Ogden has won just two of its last 10 games as the Raptors remain in distant third place in the hunt for the Pioneer League South second half title.

Trailing 6-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Raptors tried to reverse their misfortunes.

After Zach Babitt walked and BYU product Adam Law doubled him to third, Gerson Nunez gave Ogden its first run of the attempted comeback with a pinch hit RBI groundout.

Law took third on a wild pitch before Kyle Farmer, who had already singled, doubled and homered in the game, dropped a bloop single down the right field line to sent the game to extra innings.

Farmer collected four hits, a triple short of the cycle, and drove in four runs to lead the Raptors.

Raptors reliever Sawil Gonzalez pitched his way out of trouble in the top of the 10th. The Mustangs put runners on second and third with one out before Gonzalez struck out J.R. Reynolds and got Nick Benedetto to fly out to center field.

Billings' Adam Matthews launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mustangs in front and they added an extra run in the ninth that prevented Ogden's comeback from winning the game.

Both of Matthews' home runs this season have come against Ogden pitching, and both have done significant damage: His first of the year was a grand slam on Saturday.

Avain Rachal and Aristides Aquino each added solo home runs as Billings swept the three-game series. Like Farmer, Rachal also came up a triple short of the cycle.

Farmer's two-run home run in the fifth inning gave Ogden a 4-2 lead that held up until it was trumped by Matthews' shot in the eighth.

It isn't every day you get halftime at a baseball game.

Sometimes a ballgame goes through a rain delay; Monday's game went through a pain delay.

Home plate umpire Patrick Sharshel took a foul ball off of the facemask from the bat of Raptors catcher Dimitri Papantonopoulos in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to leave the game with concussion symptoms. After a brief delay, Marc Lindsey umpired the rest of the game alone.

Papantonopoulos, a 2013 free agent signee from Cal State Dominguez Hills playing in just his sixth game this season, picked up his first hit as a Raptors with a double off the wall in right field in the sixth inning.

He got robbed of what should have been the game-tying hit in his next at-bat. Justin Chigbogu worked a walk and took second and third on wild pitches. With two outs, Papantonopoulos smashed a hard liner but Billings second baseman Rachal made a diving stab to catch it on a bounce and throw him out to prevent the run.

Raptors starter Scott Barlow turned in six solid innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs and striking out two.

Ogden added left-handed pitcher Billy Flamion from the Arizona League on Monday. Flamion, a 15th round draft pick this year, had a 1.38 ERA in nine innings of relief work in the AZL.

The Raptors have the day off today as they travel north to begin a seven-game road trip against Great Falls and Billings beginning Wednesday.

 

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