Late homer rallies Raptors to win

In a contest of traded leads and comebacks, home runs were clutch.

It was Diego Goris’ three-run homer that gave the lead back to the Idaho Falls Chukars in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Idaho Falls, it was a two-run

homer that gave the Ogden Raptors an eighth-inning advantage they would not surrender en route to an 8-6, come-from-behind win before 2,405 fans at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday.

The contest was tight throughout, remaining tied at 2 until the sixth inning when the first of three lead changes occurred. It was a scenario Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said is characteristic of the Pioneer League South Division this time of the season.

“These things happen,” Ramirez said. “Hopefully, we can do better in the bullpen tomorrow and we get a win. It’s going to be like this. It’s going to who can take the lead at the end of the game. This division is really competitive.”

Wednesday’s game didn’t break loose offensively until midway through the contest as starting pitchers Aroni Nina of the Chukars and Lindsey Caughel of the Raptors engaged in a pitcher’s duel. The two combined for three walks, four hits and seven strikeouts through the first four innings when the game was deadlocked at 2-2. It was also the first start as a Chukar for Nina, who came to Idaho Falls from the Arizona League Royals.

“He looked OK,” Ramirez said of the right-hander. “It’s a new league. He will do better the next outing.”

The pitchers duel ended in the sixth.

The Raptors (5-6 second half) struck first when Eric Smith drove in Delvis Morales with a triple. Smith then scored on a wild pitch to Jesus Valdez to give the Raptors a 4-2 lead.

The Chukars (6-5 second half) quickly responded, rallying in the next two innings. Goris’ three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth and a single by Rainier Bello that just missed the glove of Raptors’ first baseman Tae-Hyeok Nam scored Mondesi in the bottom of the seventh to put Idaho Falls ahead 6-4.

It would be the Chukars’ final lead of the game as the Raptors completed a rally of their own in the top of the eighth. Smith scored Morales for the second time Wednesday with a double to deep right and Valdez cranked a two-run homer over the wall in almost the same spot on the next at-bat to give Ogden the 8-6 advantage it would sustain.

Both teams had opportunities late to add to their leads. The Chukars left eight runners on base, including two in the bottom of the ninth with no outs. The Raptors stranded six men and loaded the bases twice.

Nick DelGuidice went 2 for 5 for the Chukars with an RBI and a triple.

Fernando Cruz relieved Nina in the sixth inning, gave up three runs in 12/3 innings and took the loss.

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Raptors 8, Chukars 6

Ogden Idaho Falls

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Morales 2b 5 3 4 0 Chapman cf 5 0 0 0

Smith dh 4 2 2 3 Mondesi ss 4 1 1 0

Valdez lf 4 1 1 2 Shin c 4 1 1 0

Stover rf 4 0 0 0 Bello 1b 4 1 2 1

Seager ss 5 1 1 0 DlGuidice 3b 5 2 2 1

Capellan c 4 0 1 0 Goris dh 4 1 1 4

Nam 1b 3 0 1 0 Alcantara rf 4 0 0 0

Franco 3b 4 0 1 0 Garcia 2b 3 0 1 0

Holland cf 2 1 0 1 Blanco lf 3 0 1 0

Totals 35 8 11 6 Totals 36 6 9 6

Ogden 002 002 040–8

Idaho Falls 020 003 100–6

E–Seager (14), Bello (7), Mondesi (14). DP–none. LOB–Ogden 6, Idaho Falls 8. 2B–Smith (13). 3B–Smith (7), DelGuidice (1). HR–Valdez (6), Goris (5). SB–Holland (24), Garcia (9). CS–Morales (2), Stover (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Ogden

Caughel 5.1 5 5 5 2 2

Drowne (W, 2-1) 1.2 3 1 1 1 1

Garcia (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Jones (S, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2

Idaho Falls

Nina 5.1 4 4 3 3 5

Cruz (L, 1-3) 1.2 5 3 3 0 3

Hall 2.0 2 1 1 1 2

WP–Caughel, Drowne, Nina 2. HBP–Holland (by Hall), Shin (by Caughel).

T–2:46. A–2,405.

 

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