RAPTORS FLAT IN FIRST LOSS AT VIBES

Ogden had won first four games in Colorado Springs, but bats came up short in penultimate contest before All-Star break

Sauryn Lao singled and scored in the seventh inning for Ogden's only run (Eugene Morgan)

By Andrew Haynes / Ogden Raptors | August 4, 2019 3:03 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - In late-June, the Ogden Raptors swept a pair of games in their first visit to Colorado Springs.

The Raptors then swept a twinbill to open the current four-game series at the Rocky Mountain Vibes.

Saturday night, Ogden's success on the Vibes' home turf was halted.

The Raptors could only muster a single run while Rocky Mountain capitalized on multiple opportunities to take a 5-1 win.

The loss, Ogden's third of the second half, prevented them from a chance to sweep the four-game set. The visitors can still win the series and secure a winning road trip with a victory in the finale Sunday afternoon.

By the time Ogden scored their lone run, the Vibes were up by five. Against spot starter Nelfri Contreras, the Vibes used two singles past a shifted infield, followed by a run-scoring hit and then sacrifice fly, to plate two in the second. Another run scored in the third as a single was followed by a double and another sac fly.

In the fifth, Rocky Mountain used a leadoff triple, RBI single, stolen base, wild pitch and a third sacrifice fly in the game to score their final two runs.

The Raptors threatened in the first, putting two on with two out, but both were stranded. Brandon Lewis opened the fourth with a double and a Sauryn Lao two-out walk brought the tying run to the plate, but Jon Littell's deep fly ball was caught on the warning track.

Lao stroked a single to lead off the seventh and advanced on a Littell walk. Andrew Shaps threatened the right-center field wall but fell just short for a deep fly out while Lao tagged and took third base. Littell then attempted to steal second with Brandon Wulff at the plate. He was tagged out, but the tag allowed Lao to sprint across to put the visitors on the scoreboard. Ogden nearly added a second run in the frame, but a deep fly ball from Wulff clearing the fence down the right field line was ruled foul, much to the chagrin of the Raptors' dugout.

Ogden and Rocky Mountain finish their four-game series and head into the All-Star break with Sunday's game, scheduled for a 1:30 PM first pitch at UCHealth Park.

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

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