Goldfarb homers, Raptors open final series with 6-2 win over Boise
With the final three games of the regular-season a formality, the Ogden Raptors and Boise Hawks opened their short series Wednesday night just trying to get to Saturday’s playoff game without expending too much energy.
The Raptors took the first game 6-2, spurred by Jakob Goldfarb’s 24th home run of the season.
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Goldfarb hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead that wouldn’t be threatened. Boise (47-47, 27-19) pushed its first run across against Kida De La Cruz in the seventh, and the Raptors answered with three more runs in the eighth.
Kyle Kaufman singled in Owen Taylor, Goldfarb took a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, and Nick Michaels hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.
That brought out infielder Pavin Parks to pitch the ninth for Ogden (54-40, 25-21 second half) as the seventh Raptors arm to throw. He gave up a solo homer to Nate Fisbeck but otherwise, he saw the game to its conclusion with no other baserunners.
Mitchell Miller was reactivated off the injured list and the lefty pitched 2 1/3 innings to start the contest for Ogden. Dylan Pearce was credited with the win as he followed Miller with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Mark Mixon, Reza Aleaziz, De La Cruz, Jackson Sigman and Parks each threw one inning.
Ogden pitchers struck out five Hawks and walked just one, while Boise’s five pitchers struck out four Raptors and walked nine.
No Raptors player had more than one hit. Josh Broughton doubled and his average sits at .407. David Maberry pinch hit with a single and his 1 for 1 night moved his average to .421, where he should hold on to the league’s batting crown.
The two teams play again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.