The Owlz, who have reached the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season and are attempting to win their fourth title in five years, scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth to top the Raptors in their only home game of the playoffs.
Jon Michael Redding started and took the loss. He allowed only four hits and a pair of runs, one earned, while pitching into the fifth inning. Nathan Eovaldi finished the fifth and worked into the sixth, allowing two hits and a pair of runs. Daigoro Rondon surrendered a run in his 2.1 innings before Cole St. Claire pitched a perfect ninth.
Ogden threatened in the first inning when Tony Delmonico singled and Tavis Vetters lived on an error. In the second Steve Caseres singled and Pedro Baez doubled. In the third Delmonico singled and in the fourth Jessie Mier singled and Baez lived on an error.
Pioneer League MVP Roberto Lopez, who finished the season with a .400 average, broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the fourth.
They added a second run in the fifth on Tony Delmonico's error, a pair of wild pitches and another error by Devaris Gordon. Later in the inning, Pedro Baez committed the third error of the inning but it didn't cost a run.
Ogden cut the margin to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Nick Buss singled with one out and Kyle Russell doubled to right to drive him in.
The Raptors only had two more hits after that; Baez singled in the sixth, Caseres doubled in the eighth. In all, Ogden left 10 men on base.
Ogden manager Mike Brumley was impressed by Miller's arm. "He pitched a heckuva ball game," Brumley told the Ogden Standard. "We had some chances, but had a couple break downs defensively. Against a team that plays has well as they do, we gave them too much room. We got our hits, just couldn't string them together."
Delmonico, Caseres and Baez each had two hits each.
Ogden's last trip to the playoffs came in 2005. That year they lost to Orem, 2-1. The results were the same for Ogden in 2003 and 2002. Ogden hasn't reached the league finals since 1996 when it lost to Helena, 2-0.
The Raptors will try to even the series by sending Michael Watt (9-4) against Orem's Will Smith (8-2) tonight.
Score by innings Orem 000 112 010-5 Ogden 000 010 000-1 Ogden ab r h bi ave Gordon ss 5 0 0 0 .000 Delmonico 2b 5 0 2 0 .250 Buss cf 4 1 1 0 .250 Vetters lf 4 0 0 0 .000 Russell rf 4 0 1 1 .250 Mier c 4 0 1 0 .250 Caseres 1b 4 0 2 0 .500 Baez 3b 4 0 2 0 .500 Ruggiano 2b 4 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 1 9 1 Orem 35 5 7 4 Error- Delmonico (1), Baez (1), Eovaldi (1). 2b hits- Baez (1), Russell (1), Caseres (1). RBI- Russell (1). LOB- Ogden 10, Orem 5. DP- Gordon and Caseres. Ogden in h r-er bb so era Redding (0-1) 4.1 4 2-1 1 4 2.08 Eovaldi 1.1 2 2-2 0 0 13.50 Rondon 2.1 1 1-1 0 3 3.86 St. Clair 1.0 0 0-0 0 0 0.00 WP- Redding 2, Rondon. HBP- by Redding. T- 2:28. Att- 1,599.