Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:16 PM
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Oh so close.
As has been the case, it seems, all season long, the Ogden Raptors came up just one play short on Wednesday in Pioneer League baseball action.
The Raptors lost their fifth straight game, losing 5-4 to the Great Falls Voyagers Wednesday night at Centene Stadium.
The Raptors held a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but Raptors closer Jacob Rhame blew just his second save of the season.
Zach Voight was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After Jairo Kelly came in as a pinch hitter, Danny Hayes drew a walk.
Zac Fisher then tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Raptors first baseman Justin Chigbogu dove for the ball to try to start a double play, but the bunt fell for a base hit and loaded the bases.
Trey Wimmer then drew a walk to force home the tying run. Justin Jirschele ended the game with a single to center, giving the Voyagers a 5-4 win.
The loss ruined a quality start from Francisco Villa. The Raptors’ right-hander allowed just two runs, one earned, on six hits with four strikeouts.
Joey Curletta had a good game at the plate for Ogden. The right fielder hit the Raptors’ only extra-base hit with a double and drove in two runs as part of a two-hit performance.
Ogden let a chance to put the lead out of reach slip away in the top of the eighth inning.
Jacob Scavuzzo and Chigbogu walked to open the inning.
Alex Santana then singled on a fly ball to right fielder Jacob Morris to load the bases with no outs.
However, the next three Raptors were unable to get a ball out of the infield and Ogden was left with nothing to show for its efforts.
The loss drops the Raptors (7-13 second half, 21-27 overall) a full six games behind Orem and two games behind Idaho Falls in a battle for the Pioneer League South Division’s playoff berth.
Great Falls, meanwhile, is a scintillaing 18-3 in second-half play, and 27-22 overall.
Ogden has 18 games left in its 2013 season.
The Raptors and Voyagers continue their three-game series tonight. Victor Araujo will take the mound for Ogden against Jose Brito.
Following two more against Great Falls, Ogden moves on for a four-game set at Billings. The Raptors then close out the month with four home games against Orem at Lindquist Field.
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