HELENA – For the first four innings of Tuesday night’s Pioneer League Baseball contest at Kindrick Legion Field, Helena Brewers fans thought they were in for something special. By the ninth inning, it was an evening to forget for fans of the home team.
The Brewers suffered a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the visiting Ogden Raptors on Tuesday, the second straight night Ogden walked away with a win.
The Brewers shot off fireworks in the bottom of the fourth inning when Zach Clark and Chad McLanahan each hit solo home runs – the fourth of the season for Clark and third on the year for McLanahan – to take a quick 2-0 lead.
But Ogden responded quickly in the top of the fifth inning when Donovan Casey hit a solo shot of his own, the first home run of the summer for the L.A. Dodgers prospect. Luis Paz drove in two more runs on a single to right field, boosting the Raptors to a 3-2 advantage.
Errors filled the remainder of the ball game, beginning in the bottom half of the fifth when Dallas Carroll grounded straight into a double play ball that saw a force out of Jose Gomez at second base, but a throwing error allowed Carroll to sprint to second. Another throwing error seconds later sent Carroll to third base and he would score on a wild pitch to square the game at 3-3.
The errors were contagious as Helena saw its share in the top of the sixth, including Antonio Pinero’s throw past second base on a Donovan Casey grounder that could have led to a double play. The next batter, Kevin Lachance reached on a throwing error from Helena pitcher Dylan File, sending Casey and Jared Walker across home plate as part of a three-run inning.
Ogden scored three more runs in the eighth inning, which saw another throwing error from the home team, to clinch the 9-3 victory. Helena ended the contest with four total errors and only five hits. The Raptors collected 10 hits of their own and struck out 10 Helena batters.
The two teams return to Kindrick Legion Field on Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series.