Michael Watts Tough in Raptor Loss

Michael Watt pitched very well but Casper trimmed the Raptors 5-2. The Gulf Coast Dodgers stopped the Cardinals 4-2 with Jerry Sands knocking in a pair of runs and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers battled until the 14th inning before Rafael Aybar and Marlon Sucre drove in runs and Yennifree Hanson put out a fire in the bottom of the inning to preserve a 4-3 win.

Casper Shuts Down Raptors
Solid pitching, including a whopping 15 strikeouts, allowed Casper to whisk past the Raptors 5-2 in the final game of the series.

"We had a couple of chances to score earlier, but we faced pretty good pitching tonight. We saw some good arms. It was a well pitched game," manager Mike Brumley told the Ogden Standard-Union. "I am still satisfied with the fact we won the series against a team that came in hot. That shows you something. Then, to threaten like that at the end and get a hit or two away from snatching a game back, that's a good sign."

Ogden starter Michael Watt (0-2) matched Casper pitch for pitch, allowing only one hit over four innings. But the Ghosts tagged him for three runs at that point, helped by a couple walks and an infield error, and never trailed.

Watt, a 6-foot-1 lefty, questioned his pitch selection. "It was a 2-0 change up. I probably should have gone with the fastball in, but it was just one mistake. It's what happens. There wasn't much I could do."

Casper added two more runs in the top of the ninth, both on wild pitches by reliever Javier Solano.

In the ninth, Kyle Russell slugged his fourth homer of the season and with two outs, Pedro Baez, who had homered (#4) in the second inning, reached base on a wild pitch third strike, Steven caseres singled and Mat Wallach walked to load the bases. But Lyndon Poole was the 15th strikeout victim, ending the game.

Baez had another good game, going 2-for-4. He leads the team in at bats (70), hits (22), RBIs (14) and is tied for the lead in homers with four. Poole, who has struggled at the plate, finished 2-for-4 with a double.

The Raptors travel to Casper for a 3-game series, starting tonight. Then Ogden has a rare day off before they open a 7-game home stand with Billings and Great Falls.

  Score by Innings
Casper	000 030 002-5
Ogden	010 000 001-2

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	4  0  1  0  .309
Ruggiano 2b	4  0  0  0  .148
Russell rf	4  1  1  1  .321
Calfee lf	4  0  0  0  .218
Orr 1b	        4  0  0  0  .271
Baez 3b	        4  1  2  1  .314
Caseres dh	4  0  1  0  .286
Wallach c	2  0  0  0  .268
Poole cf	4  0  2  0  .143
  Totals	34 2 7 2
  Casper	31 5 6 3

  Errors- Orr (3), Gordon (11). 2B- Poole 
(1), Gordon (5). HR- Baez (4), Russell (4). 
RBI- Baez (14), Russell (13). LOB- Ogden 
7, Casper 7. DP- Ruggiano, Gordon and 
Orr; Baez, Ruggiano and Orr.

  Ogden	         in  h  r-er bb so  era
Watt (0-2)	4.2  2  3-1  4  4  6.00
Vasquez 	2.1  1  0-0  0  1  1.80
Solano	        2.0  3  2-2  1  0  4.76
  HBP- Gonzalez. T- 2:39. Att- 4,480.
Coasties Coast to Rain-Shortened Win
The rain-making Gulf Coast Dodgers slipped a game in between drops and held a 4-2 lead when they were halted while leading 4-2. The win over the Cardinals boosted them to a 9-2 record and a three-game lead over the Nationals.

A three-run first inning helped the Coasties. Jake New and Kevin Howard walked with one out and moved up on a wild pitch. Jerry Sands slammed a double to drive both of them in, then he scored on Adrick Villalobos single.

They added to their 3-2 lead in the sixth on an RBI single by Ramon Jean before the rain came and shut things down with only one out.

Starter Andrew Santiago surrendered single runs in the third and fourth innings and was awarded the win after pitching only four innings and allowing two hits and two runs, one earned. Beyker Fructuoso added a scoreless fifth inning.

Held to six hits, divided equally between six Dodgers but Sands had a pair of RBI.

  Score by Innings
Dodgers	        300 001-4
Cardinals	001 10x-2

  Dodgers 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Jean ss        	4  0  1  1  .375
New lf        	1  1  1  0  .192
Howard 2b	2  1  0  0  .304
Jacobs 1b	3  0  1  0  .313
Sands rf        3  1  1  2  .194
Goulder dh	2  0  1  0  .333
Villalobos c	2  1  1  1  .154
Green 3b	2  0  0  0  .000
Guzman cf	2  0  0  0  .083
  Totals	21 4 6 4
  Cardinals	17 2 3 2

  Error- Jean (1). 2B- Sands (2).
RBI- Sands 2 (9), Villalobos (1),
Jean (6). LOB- Dodgers 8, Cardinals
6. SB- New (1). 

  Dodgers	 in   h  r-er bb so  era
Santiago (1-0)	4.0  2  2-1  4  4  2.57
Fructuoso	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  0.00
  HBP- by Santiago 2. T- 1:56.
Dodgers Prevail in 14
The Dominican Dodgers played catchup all the game, never gaining a lead until the 14th inning. Alexis Aguilar singled and a wild pickoff attempt moved him to second. Rafael Aybar drove him in to break the tie and a second run scored on Marlon Sucre's single.

But they fought off a Red Sox rally in the bottom of the inning to win 4-3. Yennifree Hanson took over with two on and one out, then retired the side with only one run scoring and leaving the bases loaded.

Pitching carried the day, with Marlon Urriola getting the start and the Panamanian allowed only three hits and a single run over four. Carlos De Aza added two scoreless innings, Joel Lima and Charlie Mirabal provided three more before Ernesto Antuan (1-0) took over in the 11th.

He benefitted from the two-run 14th inning but after allowing the first two Red Sox to reach base in the bottom of the inning, he gave way to Hanson who, although he walked a pair to force in a run, put out the fire and recorded his third save.

The Dodgers banged out 13 hits to only five for the Red Sox and they left an even dozen on base.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, Jerry Castillo tripled and scored on Alexis Crispin's single. The Sox regained the lead in the fourth but the Dodgers again tied the game in the eighth when Enily Morales singled, moved to third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch and scored on Edward Bens' grounder.

  Score by Innings 
Dodgers	     001 000 010 000 02-4
Red Sox	     100 100 000 000 01-3

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Martinez cf	6  0  1  0  .250
Aviles lf	6  0  1  0  .302
Sucre ph-lf	1  0  1  1  .277
Morales 3b	6  1  3  0  .371
Tavarez 1b-c	6  0  0  0  .254
BFranco dh	3  0  0  0  .297
 Charles pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .308
 TFranco ph-dh	1  0  0  0  .200
Bens c        	5  0  1  1  .250
Castillo rf	6  1  2  0  .189
Crispin ss	4  0  1  1  .250
 Aguilar ss	2  1  1  0  .214
Aybar 2b	5  1  1  1  .184
  Totals	53 4 13 4
  Red Sox	40 3  5 3

  Errors- Urriola (1), Bens (7).
3B- Castillo (1). RBI- Crispin (5)
 Bens (10), Aybar (4), Sucre (9). S-
Tavarez, Martinez. LOB- Dodgers 12,
Red Sox 13. SB- martinez (6), Aybar
(4). DP- Aybar, Crispin and Tavarez;
Mirabal and Lantigua. 

  Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Urriola	        3.0  1  2-2  3  1  6.20
De Aza	        2.0  0  0-0  3  1  5.56
Lima	        3.0  2  0-0  1  3  1.62
Mirabal	        3.0  1  0-0  2  4  1.54
Antuan (1-0)	2.0  1  1-1  1  2  3.00
Hanson (sv 3)	1.0  0  0-0  2  2  0.93
  HBP- by Urriola 2, by Mirabal. T-4:30.

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