You can’t win them all, the saying goes.
While that usually means games, it can apply to baseball series. Ogden was 11-2-1 in series this season but has dropped one to red-hot Billings coming out of the All-Star break after losing 6-5 on Saturday in walk-off fashion.
Billings is now 12-2 in the second half. Ogden falls to 8-7. The Raptors opened the series erasing a 7-0 deficit only to lose 12-7, then lost 4-3 on Friday.
Trailing 5-4 in the eighth, Ogden’s Dillon Paulson doubled. Matt Cogen then scored on a groundout from Ronny Brito to tie the game. But with Paulson on third, both Jon Littell and Niko Hulsizer struck out to end the inning.
That repeated in the ninth inning. Tre Todd drew a leadoff walk and Eric Peterson came on to pinch run. Peterson reached third with one out and Cogen and Paulson then struck out, meaning Ogden struck out four times in the final two innings with the go-ahead run 90 feet away.
Billings won in the bottom of the ninth when Drew Mount hit a leadoff single and was driven in by Juan Martinez.
Jose Chacin pitched seven innings in his start for Ogden, the longest start by a Raptors pitcher this season, but Luis Pasen surrendered the winning run in the ninth.
Ogden looks to avoid the series sweep at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.