Monday , June 18, 2018 - 11:19 PM
The Ogden Raptors won their first game of the season, 11-8, at Idaho Falls on Monday night. Then the Chukars turned around and clobbered the Raptors in the second game of their doubleheader, with the first game having been rescheduled from Sunday night due to adverse weather.
Here’s how it happened.
Raptors 11, Idaho Falls 8 (Game 1)
The key stat that tells the story of the Raptors’ first win of the year is nine. That’s how many of Ogden’s runs were scored with two outs as the Raptors batted 6 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
Ogden also had a penchant for extra-base hits as the Raptors collected six, five of them doubles. Alvaro Rubi’s RBI double scored their first run, then Jacob Amaya’s RBI double in the fourth cut Idaho Falls’ lead to 3-2.
Preston Grand Pre’s two-run triple in the fifth made it 4-3 before Rubi and Jefrey Souffrant hit two-run doubles in the sixth inning to push Ogden’s lead to 8-3. The Chukars cut the lead to 8-7, but the Raptors never relinquished their advantage.
Pascal Amon and Felix Osorio each drove in a run in the seventh. Osorio (3 for 5), Grand Pre (2 for 6) and Rubi (2 for 5, three RBIs) led the Raptors.
Idaho Falls 17, Raptors 0 (Game 2)
Ogden’s momentum didn’t carry over to the second game, which was mercifully, for the Raptors anyway, only seven innings.
But there was one inning, the third, that told the story of this game. The Chukars scored 12 runs in the third inning after already leading 2-0.
The inning went like this: RBI double, three consecutive bases-loaded walks, grand slam, a run from an error, RBI single and RBI double.
Idaho Falls’ Manny Olloque, who hit the grand slam, pasted a two-run shot in the fourth inning to make it 16-0.
The Raptors amassed just four hits, but their highlights came from third baseman Jefrey Souffrant and outfielder Pascal Amon ... on the pitcher’s mound.
Souffrant came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning and got three consecutive swinging strikeouts. Amon pitched a scoreless sixth inning with two walks, two strikeouts and a popout.
Preview: Things to watch as Raptors open home schedule against the Orem Owlz
The seven-inning second game means Ogden escapes back home a bit sooner and can put the Idaho Falls series behind itself. First pitch is at 7 p.m. for the Tuesday and Wednesday games in Ogden, then it’s at 7:05 p.m. for the Thursday/Friday games in Orem.
Here are a couple things to keep an eye on this week.
1. Raptors news and notes
Last year the Raptors lost three of their first four games of the year and the season turned out just fine.
After going 0 for 4 on Saturday, catcher Alvaro Rubi picked up three hits in Monday’s two games.
Outfielder Felix Osorio’s three-game hitting streak to start the year ended in the 17-0 loss, but he leads the team early on with a .313 batting average.
The Raptors haven’t hit a home run yet, but they do have 11 doubles as a team.
2. Which highly rated prospects are coming to town?
Orem infielder Kevin Maitan is rated as the Los Angeles Angels’ No. 2 prospect by MLB.com and the No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Infielder Livan Soto is rated as the Angels’ No. 15 prospect by MLB.com and No. 16 by Baseball America.
Translation: Watch Maitain because the 18-year-old Venezuelan shortstop might not be in the Pioneer League too much longer.
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