Raptors Fight Their Way Back Into First Place

The Raptors got home run help from surprising sources and banged out a 9-4 in over Idaho Falls, vaulting past them in to first place in the South Division. The Arizona Dodgers made judicious use of four hits to top the Rangers 5-2 and the Dominican Dodgers had to fight off a five-run ninth to top the Orioles/Brewers team 9-7.

Ogden Back on Top of the Division
The Ogden Bombers, leading the Pioneer League in home runs, got surprising help in the rubber game of their battle for first place with Idaho Falls. Third baseman Austin Yount (#2) and shortstop Bryant Hernandez (#1) slugged home runs and the Raptors ran off with a 9-4 win that put them back in first place over the Chukars.

Ogden took two of three from Idaho Falls, holding a one-game game lead in the Pioneer League South with only six games to play in the season's first half.

After letting a comfortable lead slip through their fingers the day before, Ogden blew into a 6-1 lead after four innings and was never headed.

Yount got the Raptors on the way with a two-run shot after Brian Ruggiano walked to open the bottom of the first, and Bryant Hernandez made it 4-0 in the second with an opposite field shot, the first home run of the rookie shortstop's career, after Kyle Orr had singled in front of him.

Elisaul Pimentel (3-2) allowed only three runs, two earned, in 5.0 innings to pick up the win. Javier Solano pitched 3.0 innings in relief, and Steve Ames was brilliant in the ninth, striking out the side.

Ogden led 6-3 in the sixth when Yount delivered an RBI single, and right-fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez followed with a two-run double to break the game open. It was one of three Cavazos-Galvez doubles on the night.

The Raptors now begin a six-game road trip to round out the half, traveling to Casper for three, then meeting up with the Chukars in Idaho for three bug games over the weekend. Ogden and Casper play tonight.

  Score by Innings
Idaho Falls	000 120 100-4
Ogden	        220 203 00x-9

  Ogden	        ab r  h  bi ave
Ruggiano lf	3  2  1  1  .364
Yount 3b	5  2  2  3  .302
Galvez rf	5  0  3  2  .328
Sands cf	5  0  0  0  .357
Erickson c	4  0  1  0  .311
Jacobs dh	3  1  1  0  .316
Orr 1b	        4  1  1  0  .243
Hernandez ss	4  1  1  2  .279
Guerrero 2b	4  2  2  1  .252
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  Totals	37  9 12  9
  Idaho Falls	35  4  9  4

  Error- Guerrero (7). 2B- Galvez 3 (18),
Jacobs (5), HR- Young (2), Hernandez (1). 
RBI- Yount 3 (11), Hernandez 2 (4), Guerrero 
(10), Ruggiano (15), Galvez 2 (26). LOB- Ogden 
7, Idaho Falls 6. 

  Ogden	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Pimentel (3-2)	5.0  6  3-2  0  4  3.62
Solano 	        3.0  3  1-1  1  3  3.29
Ames	        1.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.23
  WP- Pimentel. HBP- Ruggiano. 
T- 2:35. Att- 4,403.
Big First Inning Wins for Dodgers
The Arizona Dodgers topped the Rangers, scoring four big runs in the first inning, then behind strong pitching, sailed on to a 5-2 win. The Dodgers managed to score five runs on four hits, three in the first inning.

Three Dodgers pitchers limited the Rangers to a single earned run. Rehabbing Brian Akin, who was the Dodgers 14th round selection in 2004 and pitched for both Jacksonville and Las Vegas last season, started and worked only the first inning, allowing an unearned runs, one walk and a strikeout.

Dan Danielson (3-1) took over the three run lead and added five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five, to earn his third win. Bolivar Medina was touched for a run in the ninth but collected his first save of the season.

Nick Akins doubled in Casio Grinder, who had singled, and Stetson Banks, who had walked, in the first inning. Ramon Jean singled in another and an error allowed the fourth run.

The Dodgers were held hitless until the eighth when when Hector Luna was hit by a pitch, Akins lived on an error and Pedro Tavarez's high pop went for an RBI single (the fourth, and last Dodgers hit) with Akins attempting to score from second but was thrown out at the plate.

  Score by Innings
AZL Rangers	100 000 001-2
AZL Dodgers	400 000 01x-5

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi  ave
Grider ss	4  0  0  0  .253
Banks cf	4  1  1  0  .214
Luna 1b	        1  2  0  0  .500
Akins lf	4  1  1  2  .359
Tavarez c	3  1  1  1  .400
Jean 2b	        4  0  1  1  .257
JonGarcia rf	2  0  0  0  .277
Henderson 3b	2  0  0  0  .198
Cilidi dh	3  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals  	27  5  4  4
  Rangers	33  2  6  1

  Errors- Grider (7), Luna (2). 2B- Akins
(10). RBI- Akins 2 (25), Jean (15),
Tavarez (18). LOB- Dodgers 4, Rangers 6.
SB- Akins (3), Banks (6). CS- Henderson
(1). 

  Dodgers	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Akin	        1.0  0  1-0  1  1  0.00
Danielson (3-1)	5.0  3  0-0  1  5  3.06
Medina (sv, 1)	3.0  3  1-1  0  2  1.82
  WO- Median. HBP- Luna. 
T- 2:13. Att- 1. 
DSL Dodgers Fight off Rally to Win
The Dominican Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning and went on to build a 9-2 lead, then fought off a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-7 over the Orioles/Brewers team.

The Dodgers sixth pitcher of the day, Florencio Bustillos, struck out the final batter in the ninth who represented the tying run.

Luis Rosano started and lasted four innings, allowing only two runs although he gave up seven hits and a pair of walks. Carlos De Aza (1-1) won his first game of the year with three scoreless innings in relief.

Ivan Eugenia added a scoreless eighth before Dan Tamares and Jean Eusebio were tagged for five runs in the ninth inning but two Dodger errors allowed four unearned runs. Bustillos struck out the final batter to get out of the jam.

Ronny Lugo had two hits, scored three runs and knocked in two to lead the Dodgers.

  Score by Innings
DSL Dodgers	020 240 100-9
DSL O's/Brewers	002 000 005-7

  Dodgers	ab r  h  bi ave
Charles cf	3  0  1  1  .261
Mirabal ss	3  0  1  1  .245
Morales 2b	4  0  0  0  .330
 Infante 2b	0  0  0  0  .167
Ramirez rf	5  1  1  0  .252
Franco 3b	4  1  0  0  .298
Perez c	        3  2  1  0  .222
RoLogo lf	4  3  2  2  .263
Mercedes 1b	3  1  0  1  .127
 Bens 1b	1  0  0  0  .232
Aguilar dh	4  1  2  1  .231
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  Totals	34  9  8  6
  O's/Brewers	41  7 13  5

  Errors- Morals (10), RoLogo (3),
Mirabal (9). 2B- Aguilar (2).
RBI- Aguilar (9), Mirabal (16), Charles
(6), RoLogo 2 (20), Mercedes (12).
LOB- Dodgers 13, O's/Brewers 12.
DP- Morales and Bens. Pickoffs- Rosano.

  Dodgers	  in  h r-er bb so  era
Rosano	         4.0  7  2-2  1  2  4.07
De Aza (1-1)	 3.0  3  0-0  0  2  1.10
Eugenia	         1.0  0  0-0  2  2  3.97
Tamares	         0.0  2  3-1  1  0  7.90
Eusebio	         0.2  1  2-0  1  0  6.39
Bustillos (sv 2) 0.1  0  0-0  0  1  4.46
  WP- Rosano 2, De Aza, Eusebio. 
T- 3:50. Att- 1. 

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