Vibes Flex Muscles in Win Over Raptors
Unthinkable feats of power define major league baseball. Tuesday, it was the Vibes’ turn to swing the sledgehammer.
They clobbered four long balls, including three in the seven-inning contest, to power their way to a split against Ogden in a unique day at Lindquist Field.
The Vibes delivered a 4-3 victory over the Raptors in the seven-inning contest after falling 5-2 in the earlier contest that completed a suspended August 20 game in Colorado Springs.
The three-headed monster of Nick Egnatuk, Joe Gray Jr., and Carlos Rodriguez flexed Monday. The trio finished with six of the team’s eight hits.
Egnatuk and Gray Jr. shoved the Vibes out front in the third inning. Egnatuk led off with a blast over the left field wall. He was sizzling after homering in the resumed game. Two batters later, Gray Jr. lifted his third homer of the season over the fence left center.
In the fifth, Rodriguez took his turn with a mighty swing. The lefty smashed a two-run shot to right center, plating Egnatuk and giving the Vibes a 4-1 lead with nine outs to go. Rodriguez remains hot after homering twice on Monday.
Relievers Steve Pastora and Bryce Milligan squashed late Ogden threats to seal the victory. Pastora worked around a leadoff error that resulted in two unearned runs. The right-hander induced a crucial flyout with runners on the corners to end the sixth. Milligan yielded a one-out walk in the seventh before closing the door on Ogden with a groundout and a strikeout.
Righty Franklin Hernandez collected his first win in Vibes uniform, tossing 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
The two teams began the evening completing the August 20 game that was halted in Colorado Springs due to lightning. Rocky Mountain remained the home team despite playing in Ogden’s park. Play resumed in the bottom of the fourth with the Vibes trailing 1-0.
A run in the sixth and seventh gave the Vibes a late lead. Egnatuk belted a homer to left center in the sixth to tie the game at 1. In the seventh, a two-out RBI-single by Michael Wilson gave the Vibes the lead.
The lead was squandered with another late offensive surge by the Raptors. Ogden collected four runs in the final two frames to pull away. Right-hander Paxton Schultz suffered the loss, yielding two runs on five hits. Reliever Arman Sabouri was tagged for two runs on a pair of hits in the top of the ninth.
The Vibes called up several players before Tuesday’s contest highlighted by infielder and 2019 7th-round selection Gabe Holt from Texas Tech University.
The Vibes continue their final road trip of the year with the series opener of a three-game series against the Orem Owlz.