The Ogden Raptors came close to a six-game sweep against the Boise Hawks on Sunday afternoon, but will have to settle for beating Boise five out of six times this week.
Boise beat Ogden 14-8, scoring six runs in the first inning and then four more later in the sixth. Ogden countered Boise’s opening salvo with a six-run second inning, but the Hawks eventually took a 14-7 lead after tackling three in the eighth.
Josh Broughton homered for Ogden and Sonny Ulliana hit a brace. Pat Adams hit 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
The Raptors had previously had great success with stolen bases against Boise this week, but finished Sunday with zero stolen sacks and two runners caught stealing.
Starting pitcher Riley Ottesen gave up six runs in the first and went 2 1/3 innings before Jorge Gonzalez entered. Gonzalez threw two scoreless frames and Chase Stratton got two outs to finish the fifth, which seemed to settle things for Ogden.
Sunday was Boise’s day, however, as the Hawks hit three home runs and three doubles.
OGDEN 16, BOISE 3 (Sat.)
A night after wiping out Boise 19-3, the Raptors went down 2-1 in the second inning, then scored seven runs in the third and four more in the fourth.
Jesus Valdez and Brian Dansereau homered. Jack Cunningham pitched four scoreless innings in relief of starter Polo Portera, who struck out four in five innings with three earned runs allowed.
Josh Broughton hit two doubles. Valdez, Reese Alexiades, Dakota Conners and Brandon Bohning had a brace each.
On Friday, the Raptors stole six bases in seven tries. On Saturday, they had a bag stolen thanks to Logan Williams.
Broughton hit 4 for 6, Valdez went 4 for 5 and Alexiades hit 3 for 6 with three RBIs. Conners had three RBIs.
OUTMAN CALLED TO DODGERS
Former Ogden Raptor James Outman made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon after being called up to the team late Saturday.
He made his debut in Sunday’s game against Colorado and hit 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs, falling to a triple short of hitting for the cycle. LA won 7-3.
Outman played for Ogden in 2018, finishing the season with a .264 batting average, 33 RBIs and 11 homers in 55 games. Outman bounced between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa this year.
Ogden 16, Boise 3 (Saturday)
Boise 14, Ogden 8 (Sun)
Grand Junction 9, Rocky Mountain 2
Grand Junction 9, Rocky Mountain 4
Idaho Falls 14, Great Falls 2
Great Falls 6, Idaho Falls 6 (GF wins KO)
Missoula 5, Glacier 2
Missoula 6, Glacier 3
Northern Colorado 6, Billings 5 (DH)
Northern Colorado 3, Billings 2 (DH)
Billings 9, Northern Colorado 4
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Idaho Falls 7-5 (35-25 overall)
Big drop 7-5 (34-25)
* Missoula 7-5 (42-17)
Billing 5-7 (30-28)
Glacier 4-8 (21-38)
Grand Junction 9-3 (35-25)
*Ogden 7-5 (36-24)
Northern Colorado 6-5 (23-33)
Rockies 4-7 (20-37)
Woody 3-9 (20-40)
*- denotes first half champion
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