BATS BREAK OUT FOR DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP

Raptors homer three times, score more than in previous four games combined

Brandon Lewis, center, homered among five hits on the day as Ogden swept a doubleheader in Colorado Springs (KEVIN JOHNSON)

By Andrew Haynes / Ogden Raptors | August 3, 2019 2:58 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Going on the road for the first time in the second half, the Ogden Raptors offense seemed to disappear. In three games at Grand Junction and the series opener with the Rocky Mountain Vibes, the Raptors won twice by one run apiece while failing to hit the ball over the fence.

That all changed in the second game of the doubleheader Friday night in Colorado Springs. Ogden scored in the first inning for the first time on the trip, hammered three home runs and ran away with an 11-5 victory to sweep their second doubleheader of the year.

After picking up just one run in a win in the first game, Andy Pages got the offense going with a double as the second batter of game two. Brandon Lewis matched the two-bagger to score Pages for a 1-0 lead, and after a groundout put Lewis at third base Marco Hernandez's infield hit plated him for the second run.

Ogden's lead evaporated in the third when Antonio Hernandez, who had cruised through two innings, allowed four straight hits to start the frame. One was a two-run double to tie the game, and after the second a double-steal was executed to give Rocky Mountain the lead.

In the fourth, the Raptors bounced right back to re-take the lead. Jon Littell doubled to start the frame and, with one out, Brandon Wulff launched his third home run of the year - a two-run shot for a 4-3 advantage.

Lewis, after Pages opened the fifth with a single, matched Wulff's feat for another two runs. Another run scored in the sixth as Jeremy Arocho's sacrifice fly brought in Zac Ching.

The Vibes picked up a run in the home half of the sixth, but two walks in the top of the seventh set up Ching for a three-run, opposite-field bomb to create a 10-4 lead. Wulff then walked and later scored on a Cesar Mendoza double.

Rocky Mountain added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch.

With the twinbill sweep, the Raptors moved into a first-place tie with the Grand Junction Rockies in the Pioneer League South division second-half standings.

Ogden and Rocky Mountain play game three of their four-game series Saturday evening at 6:00.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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