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Arredondo cuffs Raptors

Owlz Stantrel Smith is chased by Raptor Juan Rivera .
Owlz Stantrel Smith is chased by Raptor Juan Rivera .
Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News

OREM — The Ogden Raptors ran into a brick wall Friday night. His name was Jose Arredondo.

Arredondo, the starting pitcher for Orem, delivered an artistic, masterful outing to propel the Owlz to a 2-1 victory over visiting Ogden in Game 1 of a best-of-three Pioneer League divisional playoff series.

The final stat line for Arredondo read eight innings pitched, zero earned runs, 13 strikeouts and one walk.

Back-to-back singles by Raptors David Sutherland and Russell Mitchell in the fourth inning were the only hits given up by Arredondo, and Ogden's lone run came across in the sixth as the result of a throwing error.

Raptors starter Brent Leach pitched well, too, giving up one run and three hits over six innings while striking out eight. But Leach, a reliever in college, could only go six innings and was forced to watch from the bench as the Ogden bullpen melted down in the seventh.

Arredondo retired the first 11 batters he faced before yielding the two singles in the fourth inning. He rebounded to strike out the side in the top of the fifth.

In the home half of the fifth, Orem eked out a run to go ahead 1-0. Catcher Brett Martinez drew a walk off Leach to lead off the inning and then took second on Billy Boyer's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Stantrel Smith laced a single to right and Martinez, running on contact with two outs, beat the throw home.

The Raptors answered right back to even the score in the sixth. Arredondo walked Ogden shortstop Juan Rivera leading off the inning. Rivera advanced to second on Adam Godwin's sacrifice bunt. After Jesus Soto struck out and with Sutherland at the plate, Rivera took off for third on a stolen base attempt. Third baseman Dallas Morris couldn't corral Martinez's throw, however, and Rivera scored on the error.

David Horlacher, the former BYU pitcher drafted by the Dodgers in June's eighth round, relieved Leach in the seventh. With one out, Horlacher gave up a double to Boyer and loaded the bases with walks.

Raptors manager Juan Bustabad yanked Horlacher in favor of James McDonald, who has split time this year between the outfield and the mound.

McDonald promptly forced home the go-ahead run with a walk on four straight pitches to make it 2-1.

Arredondo continued cruising, striking out the side again in the eighth. His final pitch was a 12-to-6 curveball that Godwin flailed at and missed.

Submarine closer Kevin Lynch pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Orem to earn the save.

The teams now travel to Ogden, where they'll play game two tonight at 7 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be Sunday afternoon in Ogden.