Thursday , June 21, 2018 - 10:35 PM
It lasted more than halfway through the seventh game of the season, but the Ogden Raptors’ home-run drought ended with a bang.
Raptors hitters blasted three two-run homers on the way to a 9-3 road win over the Orem Owlz on Thursday night.
After a sluggish offensive start, infielder Dillon Paulson — this year’s 13th round draft pick — launched the team’s first home run of the season in the sixth inning, also scoring Ronny Brito, to tie the game 2-2.
Two more would put the game away in the ninth.
Third baseman Luke Heyer, who subbed in late, cracked a two-run shot to put Ogden up 7-3.
Third baseman Preston Grand Pre, who moved to shortstop when Heyer checked in, hit another with one out for the final 9-3 margin.
Before the ninth-inning outburst, Ogden (3-4) took the lead in the seventh when Orem (2-5) pitcher Tyler Smith balked with the bases loaded, scoring Jair Camargo.
Brito immediately followed with a single to score Jeffrey Souffront and Chris Roller for a 5-2 lead.
Kevin Malisheski gave Ogden a quality start, striking out five and allowing five hits and one earned run over four innings. But he left the game with the Raptors down 2-0 after fielding errors put Orem ahead.
Justin Bruihl followed for two innings and got the win, striking out five more. Ogden pitchers struck out 11 and walked one on the night, spreading out 12 hits for minimal damage.
The two teams finish their series Friday in Orem before the Raptors return home Saturday for a five-game homestand. For Saturday and Sunday’s games, members of America First Credit Union can receive up to four free tickets by presenting an AFCU Visa card.
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