OGDEN -- The final homestand opened in a bittersweet way for the Ogden Raptors.
To start with the sweet, the Raptors announced before Thursday's game that former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda will make an appearance in Ogden on Friday and Saturday.
Sadly for Ogden, bitter in that they fell in the opening game of a two-game series, 4-3, to Idaho Falls in Pioneer League action at Lindquist Field.
"We got off to a slow start offensively," Raptors manager Damon Berryhill said. "Offensively, we just didn't come up with one big hit tonight. We gave ourselves our opportunities, but just needed one big hit."
In a game which took only 2 hours and eight minutes, Idaho Falls opened the first inning with two consecutive singles off Ogden's Jake Fisher, placing Carlos Garcia and Michael Antonio on base. Then, with one out, Chukar first baseman Frank Schwindel hit a weak liner to first base, scoring Garcia and giving Idaho Falls a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Ogden would retire the first two batters, before an error by Dillon Moyer allowed Idaho Falls' Alex Marquez to score. Logan Davis would come up next, and immediately hit a lining double to left-center field which scored Marquez to extend the Chukars' lead to 2-0.
Ogden would respond in the third inning, on a solo home run by Hank Yates to cut the lead to 2-1.
However, Idaho Falls would counter again as Alexis Rivera scored on a Marquez single.
The Chukars would also add an additional run in the eighth, on a solo home run by Antonio.
The Raptors mounted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth, as Ty Law stayed hot for Ogden by delivering an RBI double which scored Yates, bringing the score to 4-2. Law would reach third and Jesmuel Valentin would sit on first with two outs, but Jake Curletta's full-count strikeout ended the Ogden scoring threat.
Ogden's Justin Chigbogu tried to spark a final rally, with a two-out triple in the ninth inning. He would score on a Hank Yates triple, bringing the Raptors to within one-run, 4-3.
Chukars pitcher Yender Ceramo earned the victory, throwing six innings of one-run ball. Ogden starter Jake Fisher took the loss, giving up two earned runs over seven innings.
"Fish (Fisher)really pitched a great game," Berryhill said. "We inserted him into the rotation, and he's been doing a great job for us. He kept us in an opportunity to win."
The Raptors and Chukars battle for the second game of the series tonight at Lindquist Field.
Victor Araujo is the probable pitcher for Ogden, while Jake Junis is set to pitch for Idaho Falls.
After the finale against the Chukars, the Raptors host Grand Junction for a two-game set to finish the season.
"These next three games are ball games," Berryhill said. "As far as the Dodgers are concerned, there's no days off, so you try to win every game and try to get better every day, especially at this level."