OGDEN -- Two days after the longest game of the Ogden Raptors' season, rain threatened to make Friday's one of the shortest.
A couple of brief rain showers moved through Lindquist Field, but the weather couldn't delay or dampen Ogden's enthusiasm for snapping a five-game losing streak.
Jesmuel Valentin and Joey Curletta each drove in a pair of runs as the Raptors defeated the Idaho Falls Chukars 8-1.
Curletta and Jacob Scavuzzo both had three hits while Valentin, Justin Chigbogu and Austin Cowen each added two more. Ogden tallied 16 hits total and three Raptors pitchers combined to strike out 13 Chukars.
"It feels great," Valentin said. "We have been playing good baseball, just sometimes we can not finish the game up. We're not making it to the playoffs, but at least the team did a pretty good job. We're pretty sure we deserve to be there but we didn't play good enough. Everyone's just happy (tonight), just trying to keep winning, trying to get to the last game and finish off the season real good."
Ogden schooled the 5,546 fans in attendance on Ogden School Foundation night in the art of smallball in the first inning, collecting three runs on five singles that would prove to be more than the Raptors' pitching staff needed.
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was also in attendance. Lasorda managed the Ogden Dodgers to three consecutive Pioneer League titles early in his career and won two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The second came in 1988, the year current Ogden Raptors reliever Jordan Hershiser was born and his father Orel Hershiser won the Cy Young Award, the National League Championship series MVP and the World Series MVP.
"It's pretty awesome to have a guy like Tommy here, being around practice, helping, giving tips," Valentin said. "That's why I think the Dodgers are the best organization in major league baseball. We have too much talent, we have a lot of people, not players or coaches, people like him always around, helping us, giving us tips, telling us how to play baseball. I think that's one of the best things we have."
Valentin first met Lasorda in 2005 when his father Jose Valentin, played for the Dodgers.
Friday, Ogden starter Victor Araujo (5-3) was in command through six shutout innings, striking out eight while scattering six hits and walking one in the victory. Araujo began the game second in the league in strikeouts and now has 75 Ks. He stranded runners at second and third inning in the fourth and left two Chukars on the pond in the sixth.
Raptors reliever James Baune allowed one run on two hits over two innings and Jose Diaz struck out the side in the ninth to end it.
Jake Junis (2-6) took the loss for Idaho Falls.
The Raptors, already eliminated from the Pioneer League playoffs, begin their final series of the season tonight at 7 p.m. at Lindquist Field, welcoming Grand Junction for a two-game set.
Even without playoffs to look forward to, Valentin said there's work to be done.
"It's everything about focus and being mentally tough," he said. "There's two games left to go back home, most of the guys are thinking about going home but the most important thing is do not let your guard down.
"Just keep playing hard baseball, like we played the first game, and just try to finish up."