OGDEN — A controversial three-run home run and lackluster pitching from Ogden paced the Helena Brewers to a 9-5 win over the Raptors Tuesday at Lindquist Field.
After giving up only one run on five hits the night before, the Raptor pitching staff couldn't find its rhythm, giving up 13 hits and walking four.
"We have a lot of work to," manager Lance Parrish said. "I get my hopes up and think we're a better club than the day before. We take one step forward and two backward every day it seems."
With two men on base in the sixth, Helena's Freddy De La Cruz hit a shot over the foul pole in left field which the home plate umpire ruled fair. Parrish argued that the ball was foul, but it was to no avail.
Catcher Carlos Medero said there was no way the ball was fair from his view.
"It was at least 15 feet foul," he said. "We had a good game going and that put us down."
Parrish said even if it was a bad call, that didn't end the game.
"There was a lot of baseball left to play," he said. "We still got to hit the ball."
The only Raptor that did that well Tuesday was Medero, who had two doubles, a home run and four RBIs.
The Brewers homered again in the seventh when Stephen Chapman's towering blast cleared the right-center field wall, scoring two runs and giving Helena an 8-3 lead.
Helena's first three runs came in the fourth inning and were aided by another Ogden fielding error. With one run already in, the Brewers had runners at first and second when Chris Errecart hit a ground ball to second, setting up what would have been a textbook, inning-ending double-play. Jesus Soto misplayed the ball and another two runs scored in the inning.
"Once again, the error could have got us out of the inning," Parrish said.
The Raptors didn't pick up their first hit until the fifth inning. Josh Bell led off with an infield single and then he and Jeremy Brown scored on a double from Medero. He then scored on a single by Juan Rivera to tie the game 3-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, Medero hit a two-run homer to dead center field to give Ogden its final two runs. The Brewers added their ninth run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single from Errecart. Both teams combined for only one hit through the first three innings.