A recently added bat produced two big swings, a recently added old friend picked up the victory on the mound and the Ogden Raptors won their third straight game with an 8-5 victory at Orem on Saturday night.
After Matt Cogen doubled to score a run in the first inning, infielder Marcus Chiu — added to Ogden’s roster on Aug. 17 on a rehab assignment — singled in a pair of runs. That put the Raptors (42-24, 16-12) up 3-0 before starter Kevin Malisheski took the mound.
Malisheski lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits, but the final runs he allowed didn’t come until Chiu and Ogden had put the game out of reach.
In the top of the fifth, Jeremy Arocho and Cogen walked while Kenneth Betancourt reached by error. On his second pitch, Chiu lofted a triple to center field, clearing the bases and putting Ogden ahead 6-2.
Jon Littell grounded into a double play but Chiu scored, making it 7-2.
Kevin Maitan hit a two-run homer off Malisheski in the bottom of the fifth to pull Orem (19-46, 7-20) to within 7-4.
That’s as close as it would get. Not soon after, left-hander Victor Gonzalez took the mound for the Raptors and took care of business.
Gonzalez started 12 games for Ogden in 2014 and two more in 2015 before moving on to Single-A Great Lakes. But he suffered an injury and didn’t play at all in 2017. Saturday was his second appearance as a Raptor this season on rehab assignment.
Gonzalez pitched 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win, allowing only one hit and one unearned run while striking out three batters.
Littell added two doubles at the plate for Ogden.
The two teams take Sunday off before finishing the series with games Monday and Tuesday in Orem.