Ogden, UTAH The Rocky Mountain Vibes lost their second game of the series to the Ogden Raptors Friday night as the Raptors captured their sixth straight victory, 6-4. The contest saw four lead changes, with the Raptors’ eighth-inning three-run surge proving to be the difference in the contest.
For the second night in a row, Rocky Mountain scored first with a sole run in the top of the second inning. After drawing two balls to lead off the inning, Michael Wilson belted his third homer of 2019 over the left-center field wall to give the Vibes a 1-0 lead.
The Raptors responded with three unanswered runs, the first two of which came in the bottom of the next frame. Jimmy Titus led off the bottom of the third with a double, and Tre Todd homered in the next at-bat to make it 2-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Ogden scored again on Ryan Ward’s first homer of the 2019 campaign to extend the Raptors lead to two runs.
The Vibes responded in kind with three unanswered runs of their own, starting in the top of the sixth inning. Antonio Piñero led off with a walk, and one out later, with Micah Bello at the plate, an Ogden error allowed Piñero to score all the way from first.
Jess Williams led off the seventh frame by reaching on the Raptors’ second error of the game. Edwin Sanó then drew a walk, and with two on Ernesto Martinez Jr. hit a bases-clearing single to give the Vibes a 4-3 advantage.
The pattern continued in the bottom of the eighth inning, with the Raptors scoring three unanswered runs once more to go up 6-4 over Rocky Mountain.
In the ninth inning, down to their final out, Sanó gave the Vibes a little life with a two-out single to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Nick Egnatuk, but Egnatuk struck out to end the game as the Raptors took a 2-0 series lead over the Vibes.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes continue their seven-game road trip tomorrow in Ogden, with the third game of a five-game set against the Ogden Raptors. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.