OGDEN, UT - Despite an early lead, the Ogden Raptors dropped their series and season finale to the Idaho Falls Chukars, 13-9, on Sunday afternoon.
The Raptors, who entered the four-game set with the second-best defense in the Pioneer League by fielding percentage, were charged with five errors for the second night in a row and allowed a season-high 15 hits to drop a second-straight game to the North division first-half champions, after sweeping the Chukars in four games in mid-July.
After the visitors put a run on the board with a two-out rally in the first, Ogden tied the game in the second. Andy Pages led off with a double, and with one out he scored on a Marco Hernandez bloop single.
Aldrich De Jongh hammered his first homer with the Raptors with two out in the third to give the hosts a brief 2-1 lead.
Idaho Falls bounced back in the fourth, stringing together five straight hits and plating five runs to take a 6-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hernandez kicked off a rally with two out by doubling. Andrew Shaps singled to left, and Hernandez scored on a wild pitch. Jeremy Arocho then reached on a throwing error on which Shaps came around, and Jorbit Vivas doubled in Arocho to bring Ogden within one.
That was the closest the Raptors came the rest of the way. The defense faltered and committed errors for each of the first three batters to reach base in the fifth. Those were followed by a two-run double and single to make it 10-5.
Cesar Mendoza got a run back in the fifth by launching his first pro home run to straightaway center in a pinch-hitting appearance, and then both teams went quiet at the plate.
In the eighth, the Chukars picked up three insurance runs and left the bases loaded while sending nine to the plate.
The Raptors threatened in the bottom of the ninth, picking up three on a two-run De Jongh single and a Jon Littell bases-loaded hit. That brought the potential tying run to the plate, but a strikeout ended the game.
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