COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Entering Sunday afternoon's game with the Rocky Mountain Vibes, the Ogden Raptors were on the verge of suffering a losing road trip. They had already suffered their first series loss of the season, falling in two of three to the Grand Junction Rockies, before taking the first two of three at the Vibes.
Thanks to six strong innings from starting pitcher Jeronimo Castro, the Raptors took the finale of their seven-game road trip, 5-1, for their fourth victory against three losses in the stretch away from home.
Castro, coming off an outing in which he fell one out short of five innings at Grand Junction, gave up just two hits in his six shutout frames while pitching to contact; Castro didn't strike out a batter two starts after whiffing 10 Rockies in Ogden.
The spotless pitching allowed Ogden's offense to come through with clutch hits in three separate innings.
With two out in the top of the first, Zac Ching hit a flare toward right that bounced in front of Rocky Mountain's right fielder and kicked away, putting him on second. Jimmy Titus then worked a full count before hitting a line drive over the shortstop to plate Ching.
The Raptors held their 1-0 lead until the fifth. Cesar Mendoza was on first with two out when Andy Pages laced an extra-base hit down the left-field line. Mendoza scored and Pages raced to third as the ball rattled around in the corner, and as Pages was sliding into third base the relay throw hit him in the helmet and bounced out of play, giving Pages a free pass home.
Titus opened the sixth by taking a walk, and he advanced to second base on an error off the bat of Jon Littell. Andrew Shaps lined a double to left-center to score Titus, and Littell followed across the plate on a wild pitch later in the frame.
The Vibes picked up their only run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Ogden enters the All-Star break with a 37-10 record overall, and at 6-3 they are tied for first place in the Pioneer League Southern division second-half standings with Grand Junction.
The Raptors next play Thursday, August 8, at Lindquist Field as they commence a four-game home series with the Idaho Falls Chukars at 7:00 PM.
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