The Ogden Raptors dropped a back-and-forth affair 11-10 in 10 innings to the Missoula Osprey Tuesday night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.
Missoula scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Trevor Mitsui started the inning with a single to center. Stewart Ijames then singled off the wall in right to put runners on the corners. Then, Missoula manager Audo Vicente asked the umpires to check Raptors reliever Lenix Osuna for a foreign substance. The umpires got together and ruled that Osuna should be ejected.
Karch Kowalczyk replaced Osuna on the mound for Ogden, and got Taylor Ard to ground out to third after Ijames took second on defensive indifference. With runners on second and third and one out, Kowalczyk intentionally walked Tyler Baker to load the bases. Dane McFarland, who was 0-for-5, came through with an RBI single down the third-base line to win the game 11-10.
Missoula got out to an early lead, up 6-1 after two innings. The Raptors were able to slowly mount a comeback and eventually take the lead.
In the fourth inning, Julian Leon, Justin Chigbogu and Ivan Vela started the inning with singles to load the bases with no outs. The Raptors were able to get just one run though on a walk to Colin Hering. Andrew Godbold struck out, Jimmy Allen fouled out and Devan Ahart flied out to end the inning.
The Raptors got two more in the fifth inning. With one out, Cody Bellinger hit an infield single. Leon followed with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right, his sixth of the year, to pull the Raptors within two, 6-4.
The Raptors tied the game in the sixth. Hering hit an infield single and Godbold followed with his first career homer, a two-run shot to left, to tie the game 6-6.
After Missoula retook the lead with a two-run double by Mitsui in the sixth, Ogden got the lead right back in the eighth. With one out, Allen and Ahart singled, and Ahmed walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Allen and put runners at second and third. Cody Bellinger hit a deep fly ball to center that was dropped by McFarland. Ahart and Ahmed scored, and Bellinger ended up at third. After a groundout by Leon, Chigbogu and Vela walked to load the bases again. Hering was hit by a pitch to drive in another run for Ogden. Godbold struck out to end the inning with Ogden up 10-8.
Missoula was able to tie the game up in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Sergio Alcantara walked and moved to second on a groundout. Mitsui then hit an infield single that got by Ahmed at third and Vela at short to allow Alcantara to score from second. A walk to Ijames and Ard getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases. Baker then drew a four-pitch walk to force home Mitsui to tie the game 10-10.
With the bases loaded, the Raptors were 0-for-4 with two RBI on a walk and a hit by pitch, striking out twice.
The Osprey took advantage with runners in scoring position, going 7-for-12 Tuesday.
The Raptors and Osprey continue their three-game series Wednesday. Lefty Victor Gonzalez takes the mound for Ogden against 2nd-round pick Cody Reed for Missoula. Game starts at 7:05 and can be heard on 97.5 The Zone.
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