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Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers season-high four-game winning streak was snapped with a 6-4 loss to the Ogden Raptors Wednesday night at Centene Stadium.
With the loss, Great Falls (19-27, 4-4) finished the home stand with a 4-3 record. The Voyagers are now 8-13 against the Pioneer League South Division this season. They won the series 2-games-to-1. Ogden (28-19, 5-4) stamped out a three-game losing streak, and improved to 15-12 on the road. The Raptors sit at 13-8 against North Division foes.
The Voyagers started the scoring with a single mark in the 1st. Logan Talyor led off with a walk and reached second on a Nolan Brown base hit to right. Following a wild pitch, Taylor scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Craig Dedelow.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the 2nd. Romer Cuadrado and Gersel Pitre each had singles to start the inning for Ogden. Kevin LaChange tied the game with an RBI single on the infield. With two outs, the Raptors made it 2-1 with an RBI single to right by Garrett Hope. Great Falls reclaimed the lead in the home half. Back-to-back doubles by Nate Nolan and Tate Blackman tied the game. A two-out RBI single from Craig Dedelow gave the Voyagers a 3-2 lead.
Ogden plated single runs in the 5th and 6th innings. A two-out, solo home run deep to right by Luis Paz tied the game at 3-3. It was Paz’s 11th homer of the season. In the 6th, a Garrett Hope infield single scored the go-ahead run for the Raptors. Great Falls leveled the game in the 7th. Franklin Reyes coaxed a leadoff walk, and a two-out single served into right by Tate Blackman tied the game.
The Raptors used a one-out walk of Samuel Ortiz to spark a 9th inning rally. Following a fielder’s choice, Luis Paz doubled deep to the wall in left for a 5-4 lead. Rylan Bannon made it 6-4 with an RBI single to center.
On the mound, Miguel Urena picked up the win for Ogden. Urena (1-0) worked one-and-two-thirds in relief and gave up just one hit with three strikeouts and three walks. Jhoan Quijada took the loss for Great Falls. Quijada (0-1) pitched one inning and allowed two earned runs on three hits with one walk. Zach Hartman earned his second save as he struck out the side in the 9th.
The Raptors outhit the Voyagers 12-to-9. Six Ogden batters had multi-hit games. Luis Paz went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Garrett Hope collected two hits with two RBIs. Gersel Pitre had two hits and two runs. For Great Falls, Tate Blackman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. It was Blackman’s first three-hit game of his career. Nolan Brown had two hits and Craig Dedelow drove in two.
After an off-day Thursday, the Voyagers hit the road for seven games starting Friday night at Idaho Falls. First pitch at Melaleuca Field is scheduled for 7:15. Great Falls plays three against the Chukars followed by a four-game series at Ogden. The Voyagers return home August 18th against Helena.