Ogden Raptors come back, then give up lead to close Missoula series

Friday , July 20, 2018 - 10:18 PM

There’s a saying in baseball, especially in the minor leagues, that everything can change if you can just get to the next pitcher.

Ogden did just that to erase an early deficit, then Missoula returned the favor and the Osprey defeated the Raptors 9-5 on Friday night in Missoula to close their season series.

Missoula starter Marcus Tineo — who now has a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings — stifled Ogden for six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits as the Osprey gained a 4-0 lead.

The Raptors (23-11) jumped when Tineo was relieved by Bryan Valdez in the seventh. James Outman hit a two-run home run to get Ogden on the board. Niko Hulsizer followed by tripling and scoring on a throwing error, then Jacob Amaya hit a two-out, two-run home run and just like that, Ogden led 5-4.

But Raptors starter Brett De Geus was also done after six innings. Aside from getting roughed up for a four-run second inning, he pitched well. He didn’t allow a hit outside that second inning and faced only 13 hitters in the four innings that followed.

So when Gregorio Sequera took over in the seventh, the Osprey (17-17) regained the lead. He allowed two runs to make the score 6-5. Missoula added three insurance runs in the eighth.

Ogden ends the season series against Missoula with a 5-2 advantage. The Raptors move on to play a four-game series at Helena to end the first half with the South Division title already in hand.

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