Ogden Blasts its Way into First Place

Ogden flexed it's muscles and overpowered Idaho Falls 12 to move into first place in the Pioneer League. Kyle Orr, Jerry Sands and Brian Cavazos-Galvez slugged homers for Ogden to run the Raptors league-leading total to 45. The Arizona Dodgers, keyed by a grand slam off the bat of Melvin Ray, spanked the Padres 9-3.

Raptors Move Into First Place
With only a week left in the first half, Ogden used three home runs to whack Idaho Falls 12-8 and moved into first place in the Pioneer League South Division.

Kyle Orr (#2), Jerry Sands (#11) and Cavazos-Galvez (#10) slugged homers for Ogden to run the Raptors league-leading total to 45, but before the night was over the Raptors (19-11) had to fight off a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. Ogden has won seven of its last eight games.

Raptors starter Luis Vasquez was chased after 3.1 innings after allowing seven hits and three runs. After Ogden scored six in the fourth inning, reliever Graham Miller (1-0) earned his first professional win after allowing two runs on one hit over 2.1 innings. Joe Paxson gave up three runs in the eighth.

Andrew Suiter worked a scoreless eighth before closer Daigoro Rondon allowed Idaho Falls to bring the tying run to the plate but then ended the game on a ground out to second.

The Raptors out-hit the Chukars 16 to 12 but trailed 3-0 going into the last of the fourth.

Orr followed a walk to Brian Cavazos-Galvez, a single by Jerry Sands (the first Ogden hit of the game), an RBI double from Gorman Erickson and another walk to Jeremy Wise, with a long shot to dead center field to give the Raptors their first lead.

It was the second homer of the season for the 6-foot-5 Canadian first baseman in his second season with the Raptors. Orr was a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Victoria, British Columbia.

Pedro Guerrero's double and Brian Ruggiano's RBI single made it 6-3 but when Bryant Hernandez singled, Ruggiano was thrown out at the plate.

Ruggiano manufactured a run in the sixth when he walked with two out, moved to second Hernandez's single, then stole third and home.

Sands regained his Pioneer League lead with his 11th homer to lead off the seventh. Wise singled, Orr reached base on an error and with two out, Guerrero singled to score Wise and and Ruggiano single down the right field line to drive in two more.

Three Idaho Falls runs in the eighth inning cut Ogden's lead to 11-8, but Cavazos-Galvez led off the Raptors' half with a solo homer, his 10th of the year, good for second in the Pioneer League behind Sands.

The two contenders return to the ring this afternoon for a 4 p.m. start at Lindquist Field in the second of a three-game series.

  Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	102 002 030- 8
Ogden	        000 601 41x-12

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	4  1  3  3  .379
Hernandez ss	5  0  3  0  .286
Galvez lf	4  2  1  1  .306
Sands cf	5  2  2  1  .383
Erickson c	5  1  2  2  .333
Wise dh	        3  2  2  0  .383
Orr 1b	        5  2  1  3  .242
Smith rf	3  0  0  0  .107
Guerrero 2b	4  2  2  1  .242
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  Totals	33 12 16 11
  Idaho Falls	39  8 12  8

  Error- Erickson (2), 2B- Erickson (9), 
Guerrero (6). HR- Orr (2), Sands (11), Galvez 
(10). RBI- Erickson 2 (14), Orr 3 (14), 
Ruggiano 3 (13), Sands (30), Guerrero (9), 
Galvez (24). LOB- Ogden 7, Idaho Falls 10. 
SB- Hernandez (5), Ruggiano 2 (9). 
Pickoff- Miller.
	  
  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Vasquez	        3.1  7  3-3  0  2  5.14
Miller (1-0)	2.1  1  2-2  2  2  1.93
Paxson 	        1.1  3  3-2  1  2  5.73
Suiter	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.38
Rondon	        1.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.63
  WP- Miller. HBP- by Miller, by Suiter. 
PB- Erickson (2). T- 3:16. Att- 5,196.
AZ Dodgers Score Early and Win
The Arizona Dodgers tacked nine run on the scoreboard in the first three innings and held on to top the Padres 9-6. Carlos Frias won his second game after being pounded for 20 runs in his previous 11,1 innings.

The Dodgers struck for three in the first inning when Stetson Banks opened with a triple and score one out later on Pedro Tavarez single. Michael Pericht singled and with two out, Ryan Arp's two-run double drove in both runners.

Ramon Jean lead off the third with a single, Jean walked and both moved up on a wild pitch. Pericht doubled to drove both of them in. Later in the inning, Arp was hit by a pitch Jonathan Garcia singled.

Melvin Ray quickly unloaded the sacks with a drive over the right field wall, his first homer of the season, increasing the Dodgers margin to 9-1. For the seldom-used Ray, the hit was only his fifth and the RBIs were his first of the season. He boosted his average from .089 to .102.

The Padres pecked away, scoring twice in the sixth, once in the seventh and twice in the eighth off Bekyer Furctuoso and Amauri Guzman before Justin Dignelli closed out the game with his first save.

But he had to pitch around a pair of walks to retire the Padre hitter who represented the tying run.

Pericht had a single and two doubles, Jonathan Garcia ha a double and a single but it was Ray's big bomb that clinched the game.

  Score by Innings
AZL Padres	001 002 120-6
AZL Dodgers	306 000 00x-9

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Banks 2b	5  1  1  0  .211
Jean ss	        3  1  1  0  .258
 Grider ss	1  0  0  0  .253
Tavarez dh	3  2  1  1  .410
Pericht c	4  2  3  2  .281
Henderson 3b	4  0  1  0  .205
Arp 1b        	3  1  1  2  .175
JonGarcia rf	4  1  2  0  .288
Ray lf        	4  1  1  4  .102
Perry cf	4  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	 35  9 11  9
  Padres	 37  6 11 6

  Error- Ar (4). 2B- Arp (1), Pericht 2
(5), JonGarcia (8). 3B- Banks (3).
HR- Ray (1). RBI- Tavarez (17), Arp 2
(6), Pericht 2 (14), Ray 4 (4).
LOB- Dodgers 4, Padres 9. DP- Frias and
Arp: Banks, Jean and Arp.

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Frias (2-3)	5.0  4  1-1  2  4  7.22
Fructuoso	2.0  4  3-3  1  2  8.64
Guzman	        1.0  3  2-2  0  1  3.86
Dignelli (sv, 1)1.0  0  0-0  2  0  5.40
  HBP- Arp. PB- Pericht 2 (3). T- 2:31. Att- 1.
DSL Dodgers rained out.

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