Saturday , September 09, 2017 - 10:05 PM
OGDEN — With a second-half title and playoff bid long clinched, the Ogden Raptors dropped their season finale 17-8 to Idaho Falls on Saturday at Lindquist Field.
Shortstop Cristian Gomez hit a solo home run in the second inning for Ogden. The 21-year-old, in his fifth professional season, has played 31 games across four seasons in Ogden, and the blast was his first as a Raptor.
Idaho Falls beat up starter Gregorio Sequera, totaling six hits and six runs in his two-inning start. New Raptor Mark Washington fared only slightly better, pitching two scoreless innings after replacing Sequera before giving up five runs in the fifth.
The Chukars added four runs in the eighth to turn it into a bonafide blowout.
Connor Heady was Ogden’s only multiple-hit batter, totaling two, including a double. Jonah Jarrard drove in two runs.
Ogden starts the Pioneer League playoffs by hosting the Orem Owlz at 4 p.m. Sunday in the South Division series.
Ogden’s 47 wins set a new franchise record for wins in a season. The Raptors won 44 games in both 2010 and 2012.
The franchise’s all-time record since beginning play in 1994 is 927-870.
A 26-12 mark at Lindquist Field is the league’s best home record this season.
HOME RUN RECORD
The Raptors set a team record for home runs in a season with 104. The team briefly held the new Pioneer League record, previously 97, but was overtaken by Grand Junction, which finished with 115 dingers this year.
Among players to have played 22 games in Ogden (30 percent), Donovan Casey led the team in batting average at .396. Nick Yarnall hit .368 and Gersel Pitre .346.
Luis Paz cracked 18 homers to lead the team. Rylan Bannon hit 10 and Romer Cuadrado 9.
Paz (63) and Cuadrado (60) were top RBI hitters for Ogden, No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pioneer League.
Matt Jones led all pitchers with at least 10 appearances in ERA at 1.35. Edwin Uceta struck out 62 hitters in 56 innings.
Brayan Morales stole 29 bases in only 41 games to lead the league. When the second half began July 29, he had only five steals.
Ogden led the Pioneer League in attendance for the 21st straight season at 128,368 — an average of 3,378 fans per game, the team’s best mark in six years. Only one other team (Billings) averaged at least 2,400 fans per game.
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