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Angels' ace stops Raptors

PROVO — Provo Angels starting pitcher Daniel Davidson once again showed why he is the top pitcher in the Pioneer League. In five innings of work Davidson (8-2), who owns a 1.63 era, allowed only one hit while striking out three Ogden Raptors batters to lead the Angels to a 11-2 win over the Raptors Monday night in front of a crowd of 1,785 at Larry H. Miller Field.

Davidson's performance was even more impressive considering that for the last 24-hours he has been suffering flu-like symptoms.

"To be honest with you I didn't have a lot of energy tonight," Davidson said on his performance. "I have not been able to eat for the last day. I just went out knowing I had a job to do and gave it all I had for five innings." The Provo pitching staff allowed only six Raptors hits in nine innings of work. Angel's relief pitcher Nic Touchstone pitched three strong innings striking six batters.

"I thought this was Touchstone's best outing of the year," Provo manager Tom Kotchman said.

Offensively the Angels battered the Ogden pitching staff for 17 hits in the game. Warner Madrigal and Howard Kendrick led the attack with three hits apiece.

With the score tied at one, the Angels scored three runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Aaron Peel led the inning off with single. Madrigal then ripped a ball to left field scoring Peel from first. Madrigal's routine single turned into a 2-base error after Raptors left fielder Xavier Paul allowed the ball to roll between his legs.

Later in the inning, Matt Pali and Brandon Wood drove in Madrigal and Bobby Wilson to give Provo a three run lead.

The Angels plated another three runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-1 lead. Kendrick started the inning with a double. After Madrigal reached base on an infield single, Matt Brown rocketed a shot to center field. On the play Ogden center fielder Jereme Milons misplayed the ball allowing Kendrick and Madrigal to score and Brown to reach third. Brown would later score on a sac-fly RBI by Wilson.

Provo and Ogden will play four more times.