Month: August 2012

Chukars resign with Royals for two more years

The Idaho Falls Chukars will remain an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals for another two years.

The Chukars and Royals announced Wednesday they have extended their player development contract through the 2014 season. And the new deal comes with a promise to improve the quality of the Idaho Falls club.

Chukars general manager Kevin Greene said he and the Royals have reached an agreement that will place Idaho Falls on top rung of the Royals’ three short-season clubs.

The Royals added a third short-season club in Burlington, N.C. in 2007. Most Major League teams field only two short-season clubs. The 2007 season was the last time the Chukars qualified for the Pioneer League playoffs, partially due to the Royals splitting talent between three short-season clubs.

“Our concern with the Royals has only been what can we do to offer our fans winning baseball?” Greene said. “Operationally, the Royals are great people to work with. There’s never been anything there that made us want to second-guess the extension. It was all about what can we do to offer our fans a winning team.” Continue reading “Chukars resign with Royals for two more years”

Chukars’ Goris smacks walk-off 2-run homer

Just when it looked like the Idaho Falls Chukars were going to go to extra innings, Diego Goris stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs.

The second baseman cranked a two-run homer that soared over the left field wall to score Adrian Martinez, tossed his batting helmet after rounding third base and sprinted home, where he was swarmed by his maroon-clad teammates.

The homer sealed the 5-3 win over the Billings Mustangs before 3,135 in attendance at Melaleuca Field, capping a Chukars’ rally that began in the seventh inning. The Chukars fell quickly into a 3-0 hole in the third inning.

The victory also snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged three previous losses to the Mustangs (16-7) within the past week.

“It was a great win against a great team, especially coming from behind,” Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said. “We haven’t had many of those this year. They’re (Billings) probably the best team all around.”

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Chukars win series with Owlz

After losing the lead once, the Idaho Falls Chukars took it back with a vengeance and held off a late rally en route to a 6-4 win over the Orem Owlz before 2,951 fans Saturday at Melaleuca Field to win the three-game series.

The win puts the Chukars (8-6 second half) one game behind the Pioneer League South Division leading Owlz (9-5 second half).

It was also the first win for Chukars starting pitcher Alec Mills, who improved his record to 1-3.

The 20-year-old righthander engaged in a pitching duel with Orem starting pitcher Jairo Diaz early and went on to strike out five without a walk in six innings.

“I was spotting the fastball well,” Mills said. “The changeup was definitely my best. I got a lot of people out with that. It was just a mix of a little bit of everything (tonight).”

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Chukars pile on runs in rout of Owlz

The Idaho Falls Chukars wasted no time flipping the script on the Orem Owlz, routing the Pioneer League South Division leaders 12-5 before 2,629 fans Friday at Melaleuca Field.

Everything that seemed to go wrong for the Chukars (7-6 second half) in their 11-3 loss Thursday was reversed Friday as Idaho Falls racked up 11 RBIs with seven Chukars recording at least one hit. Four of those hits came at either a full count or with the bases loaded.

“We beat a good team tonight,” Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said. “The hitters did a great job looking for great pitches. That’s one thing we talk about. We did a good job getting in scoring position.”

The Chukars had an answer for everything the Owlz (9-4 second half) put forth Friday.

When Orem first baseman Wade Hinkle put the Owlz on the board with a solo homer to deep right in the top of the first, the Chukars piled on four runs in the next frame.

Jin-Ho Shin cranked a bases-loaded infield single to left to score Ethan Chapman.

Two batters later, Nick DelGuidice knocked a bases loaded, two-out double to deep left to score Adalberto

Mondesi, Nick Cuckovich and Shin for three of his eventual four RBIs Friday. The designated hitter finished 3 for 4.

“I just felt comfortable,” DelGuidice said. “One night, I can’t hit a pitch to save my life. You go day by day. You’ve just got to be comfortable.”

A performance like Friday’s was one the Chukars staff knew was a long time coming for DelGuidice. He is now a critical part of the lineup thanks to his progression throughout the season.

“He wasn’t playing that much in the beginning,” Ramirez said. “Now he’s making me put him in the lineup. He’ll be here tomorrow, too. He

deserved that. He gives us a big help.”

The hitting trend DelGuidice started Friday reached its pinnacle

after the third and fourth innings, when Idaho Falls added six runs to take a 10-1 lead.

The Chukars’ defense was tested soon after, however. The Owlz cut that lead in half with four runs of their own in the fifth, including a three-run homer by Joel Capote.

That would be the last time the Owlz would score, however, as the Chukars locked down for the final four innings, causing Orem to leave four men on base.

Cuckovich went 1 for 2 with a triple and three RBIs for Idaho Falls while Diego

Goris went 2 for 4 with a two-out RBI.

Twin Falls native Zeb Sneed started on the mound for the Chukars,

walking two and striking out four over five innings to improve his record to 2-1.

The win puts the Chukars two games behind the Owlz (9-4 second half).

The Chukars and Owlz face off for the third and final game of the series tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:15.

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Owlz blow open close one in the eighth

When you want to keep self-incriminating evidence off the record, you take the fifth.

And when the Idaho Falls Chukars want to keep self-incriminating performances off the scoreboard, they would prefer someone to take the eighth.

One night after surrendering a lead to Ogden in the eighth inning, the Idaho Falls Chukars surrendered the farm in the eighth Thursday during an 11-3 loss to Orem at Melaleuca Field.

The Chukars have been outscored by 26 runs (50-24) in the eighth inning alone this season. Continue reading “Owlz blow open close one in the eighth”

Late homer rallies Raptors to win

In a contest of traded leads and comebacks, home runs were clutch.

It was Diego Goris’ three-run homer that gave the lead back to the Idaho Falls Chukars in the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Idaho Falls, it was a two-run

homer that gave the Ogden Raptors an eighth-inning advantage they would not surrender en route to an 8-6, come-from-behind win before 2,405 fans at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday.

The contest was tight throughout, remaining tied at 2 until the sixth inning when the first of three lead changes occurred. It was a scenario Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said is characteristic of the Pioneer League South Division this time of the season.

“These things happen,” Ramirez said. “Hopefully, we can do better in the bullpen tomorrow and we get a win. It’s going to be like this. It’s going to who can take the lead at the end of the game. This division is really competitive.”

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Chukars follow up marathon Monday with Tuesday rout

It took the Idaho Falls Chukars 15 innings to slip past the Ogden Raptors on Monday. It took them just over two hours to top the Raptors less than 18 hours later.

Sam Selman and Andrew Stueve combined to strike out 16 hitters and the Idaho Falls Chukars scored seven times in the first two innings while rolling to a 7-1 win over the Raptors in front of 3,003 fans Tuesday at Melaleuca Field.

Selman (5-0) allowed just one hit in five innings, walking two and striking out 11 while lowering his ERA to 1.31.

“The fastball’s working really well,” Selman said. “My changeup is working really well. It really helps when you score seven runs in the first two innings. It was a big help from the offensive standpoint.”

Stueve picked up where Selman left off to help the Chukars’ effort, limiting the Raptors to three hits and one walk in four innings.

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Chukars walk off winners after 15 innings

What began as a pitcher’s duel ended as a marathon of a game.

The Idaho Falls Chukars’ return to Melaleuca Field for a six-game homestand surpassed the four-and-a-half hour mark Monday in a 6-5 win over the Ogden Raptors in  a 15 innings before 2,256 fans. The contest  was tied at 5-5 for two hours.

Adrian Martinez’s walkoff walk in the bottom of the 15th inning scored Adalberto Mondesi for the Chukars’ win.

Idaho Falls (5-4 second half) had the opportunity to end the game early and seal a win. In the top of the ninth with two outs and a man on third, Raptors designated hitter Eric Smith cranked a single to deep right field. Chukars right fielder Elier Hernandez lifted up his glove for the would-be third out to end the frame and the game with a 5-4 Idaho Falls win, but was unable to complete the catch. It was the Chukars’ second error of the game and it allowed Raptors center fielder to score and tie the game at 5-5. Continue reading “Chukars walk off winners after 15 innings”

Orem pitching trio shuts down Chukars

Orem pitching trio Aaron Newcomb, Mark Sappington, and Michael Morin combined for a three hitter to lift the Owlz to a 4-0 win over the Idaho Falls Chukars on Saturday at Brent Brown Ballpark in the third contest of a four-game road series.

The three Owlz aces also did not walk a single batter in the win.

The Owlz, who lead the Pioneer League South Division second half season standings at 5-2, were scoreless with the Chukars until the third inning. Orem’s four runs came off just six hits, led by center fielder Joel

Capote’s 2 for 3 evening that included a double and two RBIs.

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Cardiac Chuks steal wild one in Orem

The Idaho Falls Chukars stacked four ninth-inning runs on the Orem Owlz on Friday night to sneak back to their hotel with a 10-9 road victory.

The Chukars led 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh when a ping-pong scoring match ensued over the final three innings.

First the Owlz took a 5-4 lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Idaho Falls answered with two runs of their own in the top of the eighth to regain the advantage 6-5.

Not to be outdone, the Owlz slapped three more on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth to secure an 8-6 advantage.

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