Ogden Raptors come back to beat Boise and split series
Rafael Narea’s two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the seventh was the go-ahead run that eventually gave the Ogden Raptors a 5-4 win over Boise on Sunday, salvaging a series split against the Hawks.
Starting pitcher Edward Baram gave up three runs in the first inning without recording an out. Chase Stratton came in and pitched five frames with six strikeouts and one run allowed. Quinn Waterhouse, Brandon McCabe and Dan Kubiuk combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief to secure the win.
Narea had three RBIs, with the solo homer, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. Coleton Hortner hit two doubles.
Narea’s sac fly in the third put Ogden on the board, followed by Nick Ultsch scoring on an error. Ultsch scored on a wild pitch in the fifth before Narea’s RBI single tied the game 4-4.
Saturday: Boise 13, Ogden 6
On Saturday, the Raptors led 6-3 after two innings before Boise two runs in the third, four in the fourth and four more later across the eighth and ninth.
Ogden pitchers issued 13 walks, gave up 12 hits and 12 earned runs. Starter Gerrit van Zijil pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs on six hits with seven walks and four strikeouts.
Riley Ottesen threw four innings and gave up two runs to settle things down over the middle innings, but Ogden’s bats went quiet against the Boise bullpen.
Logan Williams hit a solo homer for Ogden in the first inning. All five of Ogden’s runs in the second inning came with two outs, starting on Resse Alexiades’ bases-loaded walk. Cameron Phelts and Williams hit back-to-back, two-run singles to turn the Raptors’ 3-1 deficit into what was a short-lived 6-3 lead.
The Raptors are on the road all week with three games against the Rocky Mountain Vibes in Colorado Springs before three games at Grand Junction.
Ogden returns to Lindquist Field for a three-game set with the Vibes from Aug. 7-9. The Raptors will face Rocky Mountain nine times over their next 12 games and will see the Vibes 15 times in the month of August overall.