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Sometimes you don’t have to be perfect if you play big and on time.

That was the case for the Ogden Raptors’ pitching staff on Wednesday, as four relievers held a 3-2 lead and secured a victory over the Glacier Range Riders in Kalispell, Montana.

With Ogden leading 3-0 in the third inning, Glacier (10-4) broke the seal against Raptors (3-11) starter Guillermo Cuevas when designated hitter Christian Kirtley hit a solo home run in the bottom half.

Short stop Andy Atwood narrowed the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth with one of his two doubles and Jake Simons scored for the home team.

Alex Friesen, who got the win for Ogden, gave up one hit and struckout three in the fifth and sixth inning.

At that point, the Raptors started playing with fire despite handing the ball to favored late bullpen duo Christian Griffin and Bruce Yamamoto.

In the seventh, Griffin issued a walk and a Range Rider reached on a missed third strike. With two outs and runners on second and third base, the Raptors opted for an intentional walk to load the bases, then Griffin struck out Joe McLaughlin to end the inning.

In the eighth, Yamamoto gave up a leadoff double to Simons, who was later thrown out at third base. But Yamamoto walked two batters and with two outs, Ogden gave the ball to big lefty closer Quinn Waterhouse.

With the go-ahead run on base, Waterhouse struck out Kirtley to end the inning.

Waterhouse walked one batter in the ninth, but struck out two more, forcing McLaughlin to end the game. The Glacier outfielder struck out four and left seven on base.

In total, Raptors pitchers withstood seven unintentional walks while striking out 15 batters and allowing just six hits.

Ogden had only five total hits, but got things going when outfielder Kenny Oyama hit a solo home run in the first inning.

The Raptors scored a win on an error when, in three straight at bats with two outs in the third inning, Chris Sargent singled for Jack Cone, Nick Ultsch singled and Pearce Howard singled to score Sargent for a 3-0 lead .

The teams will play Game 3 of the six-game series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.



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