The Pioneer League season has entered the home stretch with teams back in action following the All-Star break. The Ogden Raptors appeared absent Thursday, regrouped, then lost 12-7 to the Billings Mustangs at Dehler Park.

Billings built a 7-0 lead through four innings, in part due to an error-prone Ogden defense. Kevin Malisheski pitched four innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs, but only three were earned.

Raptors Arocho, Robinson key in Pioneer League's All-Star win over Northwest League

The Mustangs scored four runs in the second inning, led by a two-RBI double from Juan Martinez, and Drew Mount hit a fourth-inning double as part of a three-run frame.

Ogden (34-17, 8-5) spent the next three innings clawing back. In the fifth, Matt Cogen scored on a wild pitch, Ramon Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to score James Outman and Jon Littell scored on a throwing error to make it 7-3. But two runners were left on when Eric Peterson hit into a double play.

In the sixth, Cogen hit a two-out triple and was singled home by Outman, who then scored on a Littell double to pull within two at 7-5.

The comeback was complete in the seventh when Dillon Paulson and Ronny Brito singled in runs, making it 7-7.

But it was for naught, as with Yeison Cespedes pitching, Billings (25-25, 10-2) used three hits, including a triple from Bren Spillane, and Ogden’s third error to retake the lead 11-7 in the bottom of the seventh.

Cespedes took the loss. Cogen, Outman and Jeremy Arocho each had two hits for Ogden.

Andrew McDonald picked up the win for Billings, throwing a scoreless, hitless final 2 2/3 innings.

The two teams play Game 2 of a four-game set Friday. Caleb Sampen (0-1, 6.88 ERA, .274 average against) is slated to start for Ogden.

TRANSACTIONS

Ogden starter Joel Inoa was sent to Great Lakes on Thursday. Inoa was 4-2 with a 5.05 ERA but recently began settling into a groove. The Raptors received outfielder Andrew Shaps from the Arizona League, who has yet to play in a game this season.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.