The Ogden Raptors were brought down to earth a little Wednesday night after a four-game sweep of the woeful Orem Owlz.
The visiting Idaho Falls Chukars piled up 19 hits — eight of them for extra bases — and the Raptors committed seven errors in a 15-6 loss at Lindquist Field.
Matt Cogen hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Ogden (44-25, 18-13) to tie the game 2-2. And even after the Chukars (37-31, 16-14) took a 5-2 lead in the top of the second, the Raptors answered.
Ogden gained a 6-5 advantage in the third inning, a four-run frame capped by RBI doubles from James Outman and Andrew Shaps. Shaps, an outfielder and 31st-round draft pick this year, was making his professional debut.
But that would be it for the Raptors. Idaho Falls spent the next six innings grinding up Raptors pitching and fielding, capped by a four-run ninth inning.
Nathan Eaton tripled and homered for the Chukars, the second big hit coming in the sixth inning and putting Idaho Falls up 8-6.
Idaho Falls added six doubles to Eaton’s extra-basers.
Brett De Geus lasted four innings in his start for the Raptors, giving up nine hits and seven runs, but only three runs were earned.
The two teams wrap up their two-game set at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before Grand Junction visits Ogden for two games.
With Orem defeating Grand Junction on Wednesday, the Raptors and Rockies remain in a tie in the second-half race. Idaho Falls is only a half-game behind GJ in the overall season standings. If the Raptors win the second half to pair with their first-half title, the second playoff spot goes to the team with the next-best overall record.