Wild 8th inning defines Ogden Raptors’ 8-5 win over Vibes on Saturday
A well-contested game took a jump into chaos Saturday night at Lindquist Field and when the dust settled, the Ogden Raptors were 8-5 winners over the Rocky Mountain Vibes.
Christian Day threw seven stellar innings for Ogden, allowing one earned run on seven hits, striking out four and walking one. He exited with his team leading 5-2.
Brandon McCabe took the mound in the top of the eighth and walked a batter but otherwise threw well enough to preserve the lead until a two-out error from Gunnar Buhner kept the inning alive. Vibes outfielder Cesar Lopez immediately cashed in, socking a three-run homer to tie the game 5-5.
That was just the beginning. Ogden (41-30, 12-11) started the bottom of the eighth with a walk from Brian Dansereau, but he was later caught stealing to clear the bases with two outs. Dakota Conners and Buhner each drew walks against RMV reliever Pete Bayer.
Josh Broughton followed with a liner to shallow center. Vibes centerfielder Andrew Hanson came in and made a diving effort. Live, the call appeared to be out and the Raptors took the field for the ninth, but were quickly sent back after umpires conferred and ruled Hanson had not caught the ball.
This set off a long transition in which umpires decided to award Conners home on the Broughton hit, putting Ogden ahead 6-5, leading to the ejection of the Vibes (26-42, 10-12) manager who had embarked on a lengthy tirade, and during which Bayer sent a ball over the backstop net and out of the stadium onto Lincoln Avenue while he warmed up to pitch again.
Bayer remained in the game, issued a walk to Pat Adams to reload the bases, and then gave up a two-run single to Reese Alexiades for the 8-5 score. Bayer was then tossed when the inning ended after expressing more displeasure to the umpires.
As Bayer took his time exiting the field, Ogden reliever Jackson Lancaster took the field for the second time and warmed up for his second 1-2-3 inning and save of the series. Lancaster, the best reliever in the league, has a 1.56 ERA and 31 strikeouts with nine saves in 17 1/3 innings.
The two teams finish the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Ogden 8, Rocky Mountain 5
Grand Junction 17, Northern Colorado 0
Missoula 12, Boise 5
Glacier 4, Great Falls 2
Billings 7, Idaho Falls 5
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
*Missoula 15-8 (50-20 overall)
Idaho Falls 13-9 (41-29)
Great Falls 13-10 (40-30)
Billings 11-12 (36-33)
Glacier 9-14 (26-44)
Grand Junction 17-6 (43-28)
*Ogden 12-11 (41-30)
Rocky Mountain 10-12 (26-42)
Northern Colorado 9-13 (26-41)
Boise 4-18 (21-49)
*- denotes first-half champion