Ogden, UT - On a hot night at Lindquist Field, the Chukars were swept in a doubleheader against the Ogden Raptors, losing 8-3 & 4-2. Idaho Falls is now 0-6 against Ogden in 2019.
The Chukars got the scoring started in the second inning with a one out rally. Michael Emodi started the rally with a walk, and then moved to third on a Juan Carlos Negret single and a fielding error from center fielder Andy Pages. The next batter was Isaiah Henry, who socked a three run homer to right center field, his fifth of the year.
However, the Raptors punched back with a big inning in the third. Andrew Shaps started the inning with a sharp single to right, and Pages followed with a two run homer to left to cut the Chukars lead to one. Brandon Lewis then blooped a single into right field, and Sauryn Lao followed with a two run homer of his own, giving Ogden a 4-3 lead.
From there, the Raptors never looked back, as they scored an insurance run in the fourth inning on a two out single from Pages. Ogden then added on three in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 8-3, which was the final score.
Elio Serrano picked up the win for the Raptors, allowing only the three run homer to Henry over five innings of work. The Chukars managed just one hit over the final five innings of the ballgame.
Ogden opened up the scoring in the second game of the double header with a four run first inning. Jorbit Vivas started the inning with a single and then stole second. Brandon Lewis then singled into center field, scoring Vivas. Ryan Ward was the next hitter, and he launched a laser beam over the wall in right for his third homer of the year, extending the lead to 3-0. The Raptors got one more run in the frame on a wild pitch with a runner on third.
The Chukars though cut the deficit in half in the top of the second thanks to a defensive miscue. Rhett Aplin started the inning with a solo homer, and two batters later Isaiah Henry reached on an error from Lewis at first, who forgot to touch the bag fielding a throw from third. Ogden starter Alfredo Tavarez then hit back to back batters with two out to load the bases, and then walked Jose Marquez to force in a run. Tavarez was pulled after that in favor of Yeison Cespedes, who got Brady McConnell to fly out to end the inning and keep it a 4-2 game.
After the second inning, there were only two more hits total in the game, both coming from Ogden. With the score still 4-2 in the seventh, Hector Pineda drew a leadoff walk, but was immediately erased on a double play. Jose Marquez flew out to left to end the game, giving Ogden the sweep.
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