Ogden, UTAH The faucet turned off Monday. Following an offensive onslaught Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Vibes fell 3-0 in the series finale against the Ogden Raptors on Monday night.
The Vibes mounted a final threat in the ninth, placing runners on first and second with one out. Nick Kahle grounded out and Bryan Torres flied out to left as the Vibes fell for the fourth time in the five-game series. The Vibes scored 15 runs in the previous two games, winning on Saturday 7-2.
After pitchers ruled the first half of the game, Ogden slugger Justin Yurchak broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to left center field.
Tempers flared in the seventh after Vibes’ reliever Brady Schanuel beaned Ogden’s Andy Pages, resulting in a benches-clearing exchange. After the field cleared, José Alberro replaced Schanuel with bases loaded and two out. Alberro secured a critical out, fanning Yurchak to end the threat. Vibes pitchers recorded 11 strikeouts.
Ogden extended their lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Three consecutive batters reached, including walks by Joe Vranesh and Ryan Ward, loading the bases with two outs for the second straight inning. Zac Ching capitalized, giving Ogden the commanding lead with a ball off the left field wall, plating two runners.
Vibes starter Nash Walters set the tone for solid work on the mound. Walters posted two scoreless innings while allowing just one hit, one walk, and one strikeout. In his 25 pitches (13 strikes), Walters lowered his season ERA to a Pioneer League-best 1.45 amongst qualified players. Walters’ abbreviated outing was traced to a drop in velocity after a consultation with the trainer and manager Néstor Corredor, according to the team broadcast.
Walters passed the baton to reliever Karsen Lindell in the third. Lindell followed with three scoreless innings of work, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out five. Schanuel suffered the loss in his 1 1/3 innings of work, allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk with three strikeouts.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes take tomorrow off as they head home for the start of an eight-game homestand set to begin Wednesday with a four-game set against the Billings Mustangs. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m.