The Chukars managed just three hits before Corey Toups finally got I.F. on the board with a solo homer in the ninth.
Idaho Falls had no answers for Missoula starter Carlos Hernandez. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-hander was tough from the start, allowing just three singles and one walk while striking out five in 6.2 innings. I.F. didn’t have a baserunner until Ryan O’Hearn’s walk in the fourth and didn’t have a hit until Mike Hill’s single in the fifth.
Chukars starter Zach Lovvorn was the tough-luck loser Monday, allowing just one earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out five in 5.1 innings.
Idaho Falls begins a four-game series against Grand Junction tonight that will go a long way in deciding the Chukars’ playoff fate. Grand Junction lead the Pioneer League South Division second-half race by three games over I.F. entering the series.