Raptors embarrass Chukars, 17-3

Offerman Collado

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Chukars fans shook their heads and began to leave. Some in the press box laughed in disbelief.
Ogden utilized a 10-run inning to beat Idaho Falls, 17-3, Wednesday night at Melaleuca Field. The loss pushes the Chukars to 8-9. Ogden is 9-8.
The Raptors scored so many runs in the top of the fifth, the scoreboard read “0” because there was more than nine runs. Instead, Ogden scored 10 — embarrassing Idaho Falls a day after the Chukars won on July 4.
“Defense, Chukars!” one fan screamed in the top of the eighth.
“A little late for that,” another fan responded.
Despite Idaho Falls adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, it was too late.
The Raptors had pulled away after Nick Yarnall hit a two-RBI double off a Julio Pinto (1-3) pitch to start the fifth frame. Manager Justin Gemoll pulled Pinto right after. Pinto allowed six hits, six runs and a home run in four innings pitched. He struck out eight batters.
It only got worse for Idaho Falls. Randy Acevedo surrendered six runs and six hits in 0.2 innings pitched. Ogden added eight more runs to go up 12-1. The Raptors sent 14 batters go to the plate in the top of the fifth.
Before the fifth inning, though, Wednesday’s game was relatively close.
Ogden scored first — hitting its 26th home run of the 2017 campaign (which also leads the Pioneer League) off a Pinto pitch.
Chukars’ leadoff hitter Offerman Collado answered in the third with an RBI-single.
In the third, the Raptors took a 2-1 lead. Of course, they tacked on 10 more runs in the fifth.

What’s important:

Things just didn’t go the Chukars’ way Wednesday. The Raptors’ 10 runs in the top of the fifth doomed the Chukars before 9:30 p.m.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. The leadoff hitter brought a rare cheer Wednesday when he drove in a run during the bottom of the second. He finished 1 for 4 and an RBI.

Notables:

  • Ogden’s 19 hits was the second-most Idaho Falls allowed this season. They previously allowed 23 hits against Grand Junction on June 20.
  • The Raptors lead the Pioneer League with 26 home runs. Their 26th came off a Julio Pinto pitch in the first inning.
  • Tyler Straub suffered a possible hand injuy while sliding back to first base during a pick off in the second inning. Idaho Falls’ trainers then evaluated him at first. Straub remained in the game.
  • Wednesday’s attendance was announced at 2,553.
  • The Chukars have not won back-to-back games since June 28 and 29 (6-4 against Grand Junction, then a 9-7 wins at Orem).

Up next:

The Chukars return to Melaleuca Field to play the Raptors amidst a four-game home stand. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Correction: a previous version of this story state pitching coach Jeff Suppan pulled Julio Pinto during the fifth inning. It was actually manager Justin Gemoll. The story has been updated for accuracy. 

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