Ogden Raptors homer, pitch past Vibes 12-4 to open homestand
The Raptors homered early and often, Pablo Arevalo was tough as usual on the mound and Ogden cruised to a 12-4 win over the Rocky Mountain Vibes on Monday night at Lindquist Field to open a six-day homestand.
With a 27-15 record, the Raptors are closing in on a first-half division championship and its associated berth to the playoffs in September. Ogden remains 3 1/2 games ahead of Boise, who defeated Billings on Monday to give the Raptors and Hawks matching results for eight consecutive games.
The sudden power surge for Ogden catcher Logan Williams continued, with the right-hander hitting solo shots to both left field and right field in the first four innings Monday. Those two homers give him nine for the season.
Between those, Reese Alexiades sandwiched a two-run homer to left in the third inning. Those swings put the Raptors up 5-0 through four as Arevalo carried a no-hitter against the Vibes (18-23) into the fourth inning.
Arevalo finished his six-inning start by allowing three hits, one run and by striking out eight. Elvis Peralta singled home Steve Barmakian in the fifth to notch RMV’s only run against Arevalo.
Second baseman Dakota Conners hit a solo homer to kick off a four-run seventh inning that also saw Nick Ultsch and Cam Phelts add RBI singles. That turned a 6-3 game into a 10-3 affair and effectively closed the door on the visitors.
Williams batted 3 for 4 and scored three times from the seven-spot. Conners, Sal Gozzo and Rafael Narea each totaled two singles and Alexiades drove in four runs.
Relief pitcher Marshall Shill shut down the Vibes on the back end, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings before surrendering three straight two-out singles in the ninth inning to get Rocky Mountain one more run on the board.
The two teams play again at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday’s action begins at 4 p.m. with the resumption of a previously suspended game in the fourth inning, followed by a seven-inning game.