OGDEN — The Provo Angels were firing on all cylinders Saturday evening.
The hitting was superb. The pitching was dominating and the defense was flawless.
All that equated into a pair of victories over the Ogden Raptors.
Provo's Tony Arthur was brilliant in the 6-0 Game 1 victory.
In firing the complete-game 65-pitch shutout, he allowed four hits, struck out six, didn't walk a hitter and didn't allow an Ogden runner to reach second base.
In the nightcap, it was more of the same in the 7-2 victory for the Provo club that leads the Pioneer League in team ERA.
Starter Larry Bowles surrendered just one run on two hits and struck out five — including the first four of the game — but he didn't figure in the decision because he didn't throw five innings. Reliever Blake Allen earned the win with his one-hit and one-run performance.
"That's been the strength of our club for the first week, week and a half, our pitching," Provo manager Tom Kotchman said. "We got two quality starts from the left-handers."
For the day, the Provo hurlers allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out 11. Offensively, the Angels pounded out 23 base hits.
Jonathan Cahill had four hits — two doubles — in Game 1 as the Angels scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back.
Maximo Pichardo, who sat out Friday's game with a tight hamstring, went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and an RBI in the nightcap. The Angels broke a 1-1 tie with two runs on three consecutive doubles with Josh Gray's and Greg Porter's scoring runs.
Provo's Nick Gorneault added a two-run shot in the sixth. The Angels scored their final two runs in the seventh.
In less than 24 hours the Angels (6-2) went from a first-place tie in the South Division to a 2-game lead with the win over the Raptors, who forced the tie with a two-run win Friday.
The four-game series concludes today at 1 p.m. at Lindquist Field.