OGDEN—The Provo Angels and Ogden Raptors played their final tune-up game of the season Friday night at Ogden's Lindquist Field.
And what a tune-up it was. The Raptors scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure an 11-10 win over the Angels and snap a six game losing streak—all against Provo. With the victory, Ogden also stopped Provo's 11-game winning streak and prevented the Angels from setting a Pioneer League record for most wins in a season.
Instead the Angels have to settle for a 54-win tie with the 1985 Great Falls Dodgers. Still, Provo's 31-8 mark in the second half is an impressive achievement.
Ogden's Jereme Milons capped off a remarkable Raptors comeback when he drilled a Fernando Rodriguez pitch over center fielder Aaron Peel's head for the game-winning hit.
The game was a story of momentum. Provo had it for five innings, and Ogden had it for four.
Provo's Nic Touchstone pitched five shutout innings and appeared headed for an easy win, as the Angels were up 7-0 heading to the sixth. But the Angels' bullpen couldn't hang on to the big lead.
Ryan Carter went 4-for-4 with a home run, three singles and three runs scored for the Raptors, while teammate Juan Gonzalez had three hits, including a solo home run. Chin-lung Hu added four more hits for Ogden, including a game-tying infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Brandon Wood went 3-for-4 for Provo, with two home runs and a double. Wood's first homer—a moon shot—went over the tall scoreboard in left field.
Now it's on to the playoffs.
The Angels won the South Division titles in both the first and second halves of the season, and in the opening round of the playoffs will face their opponent of the last seven games, the Raptors.
Ogden gained entry into the post-season by virtue of having the division's second-best overall record.
Provo has dominated the matchup between the two teams, winning 12 of the 16 games. But if Friday night's thriller was any indication, this best-of-three series may be better than the teams' records might indicate.
Ogden fireballer Chad Billingsley (5-4, 2.83) will try to do what no other Raptor pitcher has been able to do recently: stop Provo's potent offense.
Provo will counter with southpaw Daniel Davidson (8-2, 1.64), who has been virtually unhittable this season. He was recently named the top left-handed pitcher in the Pioneer League.
First pitch is 7 p.m. tonight at BYU's Larry H. Miller Field. Game two will be Sunday in Ogden, as will game three, if necessary.
Attendance on Friday was 5,602, helping Ogden set a new franchise record for attendance in a season.