Category: Game recap

Chukars lose home-opener, rally late

By Luke O’Roark | prsports@postregister.com
Like so many Pioneer League games, Idaho Falls came alive late Friday against Orem at Melaleuca Field.
Orem ultimately won 10-6, however, in a game that did not end until 10:55 p.m.
Originally down 8-0 in the fifth frame, the Chukars slowly chipped away at their early deficit. They scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh, respectively, to come back late and make their home-opener competitive.

Chukars pitcher Christopher Marte (24) pitches against Orem on Friday night at Melaluca.
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They can thank Ricky Aracena, Amalani Fukofuka and Robby Rinn’s RBIs in the seventh to help the Chukars close in.
Cristhian Vasquez was a bright spot Friday for the Chukars. He had a diving catch in the outfield during the top of the fifth inning. He then hit a 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the frame to finally get Idaho Falls on the board.
Orem’s offense came out quickly Friday — scoring three runs off four hits during the first two frames. Chukars’ first baseman Robby Rinn made an error throwing to home plate, allowing the Owls’ Franklin Torres to score. Brandon Sandoval would later score in the frame after Leonardo Rivas lined out to center field.
The Chukars, meanwhile, didn’t register a hit until Tyler Straub singled to right field in the bottom of the third.
Idaho Falls had more errors (three) than strikeouts (one) during the first four innings.

What’s important:

The Chukars came home a little flat and didn’t wake up until late. After notching 59 hits in four games against Grand Junction, Idaho Falls only registered 10 hits against Orem.

Player(s) of the game:

Center fielder Cristhian Vasquez and third baseman Tyler Straub.
Not only did Vasquez lay out for a beautiful diving catch in the fifth inning, he was one of the Chukars only effective batters Friday against Orem.
His statline was 2-for-4 at the plate and got Idaho Falls on the board with a 2-RBI triple to shallow right field in the bottom of the fifth.
Straub was 3-for-3 and hit a lazer to right field in the bottom of the seventh for the Chukars’ second three-base hit on the night.

Other notes:

Center fielder Cristhian Vasquez had a stretched-out, diving catch in the outfield during the top of the fifth inning. The catch received caused some spectators to erupt in cheer and applause.
A couple became engaged during the Chukars’ home-opener. Tanner Eastman proposed to his girlfriend, Shelby, after the third frame of Friday’s game. The couple were originally going to do a dizzy bat competition before Tanner put the bats away and got down on one knee near home plate.
The attendance at Melelaeuca Field was 2,926. Last Saturday’s exhibition against the Idaho Falls Bandits drew 3,133 to the ballpark.

Up next:

The Chukars (3-2) host the Owls (4-1) again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Chukars best Rockies, Miller Jr. is perfect at-bat

Thursday’s series-ending game between the Chukars and Rockies was initally close, but don’t worry, Darrell Miller Jr. handled things at Suplizio Field.
Miller went 5-for-5 for two RBIs and two runs during Thursday nights’ 13-10 win against Grand Junction (1-3). Miller lead all batters with five hits.
If the Rockies dominated the Chukars (3-1) Tuesday (17-11 and 23 hits), then the Chukars dominated Thursday night behind a 6-run, eighth inning. Robby Rinn and Tyler Straub had 2-RBI singles. Straub then scored on a throwing error and then Jonathan McCray scored on a Jan Carlos Lopez wild pitch.

Darrell Miller Jr. Provided via Idaho Falls Chukars

The Chukars were up 7-6 up to that point, including two runs in the seventh.
In comparison to previous games in the series, though, Thursday night was relatively low scoring. At least at first.
Both teams scored four runs in the first two frames, which saw Ricky Aracena homer in the first inning. There was only two runs (combined) scored from the third to sixth innings.
The series had a combined 86 runs in four games.

What’s important:

The Chukars survived on the road to open the season, working off some early season rust before coming back to Idaho Falls for a six-game homestand Friday. A 3-1 record puts the Chukars atop the Pioneer League South division.
Idaho Falls was 3-5 last season at Suplizio Field, so to start 3-1 is a improvement. It certainly won’t be the last time these two teams meet, either.
The Chukars and Rockies play another four-game series Sunday through next Wednesday.
Idaho Falls will now have an eight-hour bus ride home from Grand Junction Thursday night. They will need the rest — every game went over three hours to start the season. Thursday’s game lasted over four hours.

Player(s) of the game:

Catcher Darrell Miller Jr.
The nephew of NBA Hall of Famer, Reggie, is 6-for-7 to start his Chukars’ career. Miller was instrumental Thursday night, hitting 5-for-5 on the night and two RBIs. He is slowly becoming one of Idaho Fall’s most consistent batters.
During game two of the series, Miller was also a bright spot. He was 3-for-4, garnered hit three RBIs and hit a 2-run home run during the 17-11 loss.
One blemish Thursday: he was picked-off first in the sixth inning.

Other notes:

Pioneer League teams may want to look out for left fielder Jonathan McCray. He hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning and went 3-for-5 and three runs on the night.
Ricky Aracena had a down night after starting the his second season with Idaho Falls strong. Aracena came into Thursday with a .556 batting average in two games. He went 1-for-5 during Thursday’s win at Grand Junction. He did have one home run, though.
Amalani Fukofuka also had an off night: he went 0-for-5. He was 7-15 at-bat and had three home runs heading into Thursday’s game.

Up next:

The Chukars’ home opener is on Friday night against the Orem Owls (3-1). First pitch is 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Chukars blast Rockies late, 15-5

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
In an early back-and-forth game, the Chukars beat the Grand Junction Rockies 15-5 Wednesday night at Suplizio Field to advance to 2-1 on the year.
It was Roby Rinn who finally blew open the game for the Chukars. 
Rinn hit a 2-run home run to help the Chukars garner six runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Chukars would take a 11-5 lead thanks to Rinn’s second home run of the season.
From there, Janser Lara would shut the door on the Rockies: he struck out eight batters and only allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched. His eight strikeouts were a team-high this season.
The Chukars added on four runs in the top of the ninth behind one double-RBI, two single-RBIs and a Tyler Straub forceout.
The Rockies (1-2) only registered six hits in the loss, a far cry from their 23 hits Tuesday night. They only had three RBIs during Wednesday night’s loss.
Before Rinn’s home run, though, the Chukars offense was fairly inconsistent. Three runs in the fifth inning gave them their third lead of the game and Jeremy Gwinn’s command on the mound began to slip.
The Chukars couldn’t score a run in the sixth or seventh frame.
But Rinn came to the plate and smacked the ball to right field, giving the Chukars the lead and securing the win for Idaho Falls — which plays Grand Junction again tonight at 6:40 p.m.

Players of the game

Amalani Fukofuka, Roby Rinn and Janser Lara.
Fukofuka went 3-for-5 Wednesday at Grand Junction, hitting his third home run in three games. He had three home runs his entire 2015 campaign with the Chukars.

Chukars outfiielderAmalani Fukofuka (8) poses for a portrait during the 2017 Chukars Media Day on Saturday afternoon. The Chukars opening game is this Monday at Grand Junction Rockies.
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Rinn hit a 2-run home run to put Wednesday’s game away and give the Chukars their second win of the season. Rinn was perfect (5-for-5) on the night.
Lara had one of the Chukars’ best pitching performances during the early season. Once he relieved for Gwinn, the Chukars were in control. His eight strikeouts is a team-high for the Chukars.

Up next

The Chukars (2-1) return tonight to Suplizio Field for the final game of a four-game series against Grand Junction (1-2). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. The Chukars will be home Friday for their home-opener against Orem.

Chukars beat Rockies in extra innings

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
The Idaho Falls Chukars can thank Freddy Fermin for their 1-0 start to the season.
Fermin hit a two-RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning Monday and the Chukars survived another Grand Junction rally to earn an 8-7 win over the Rockies to kick off the 2017 season at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Chukars held on after Fermin’s heroics, as reliever Michael Silva allowed a run but got two groundouts before striking out former Chukar Jordan Ebert with the tying run on third base.
The Chukars’ offense seemed potent early Monday, building a 6-4 lead after the sixth frame. They bombarded Rockies’ starter Justin Valdespina for 12 hits and five earned runs.
Then, Grand Junction’s Jorge Oviedo came to the mound. And Idaho Falls fell apart late.
Oviedo shut out the Chukars in the seventh, eighth and ninth, striking out five batters without surrendering a hit.
On the other end, Chukars’ Cody Nesbit’s command on the mound was steady until he hit a batter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies went on to tie the game on Pedro Gonzalez’s two-run single, forcing extra innings.
That set things up for Fermin, who finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
The win pushes the Chukars’ season-opening record to 3-3 over the previous six years.

What’s important

The Chukars’ offense is going to be good (again) this summer.
Idaho Falls registered 12 hits in six innings before Oviedo shut the door. Despite Oviedo’s dominance, the Chukars’ offense has plenty of hitting options including Fukofuka, Logan Gray, Vance Vizcaino and Jonathan McCray. The Chukars also have plenty of speed. Idaho Falls led the Pioneer League in stolen bases last season (132), and stole three bases (one from Fukofuka, two from Vizcaino) Monday.

Players of the game

Freddy Fermin and Amalani Fukofuka. Fermin’s late-game heroics should not be understated. The Chukars had registered a hit in three innings up to that point and were facing a potential loss with two outs.
During Saturday’s media day, Fukofuka said he wanted to improve his swing and rebuild his confidence. Whatever he did, it worked Monday against the Rockies.
Fukofuka hit a two-run home run to center field during the top of the third and finished 2 for 5.

Up next

The Chukars (1-0) return tonight to Suplizio Field for Game 2 of a four-game series against Grand Junction (0-1). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. The Chukars play 22-straight games before their first day off (July 11).

Chukars end the 2016 season with a fitting win

Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque hits a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday against the Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars won the season finale 10-8. (Photo courtesy of Steven Thayer)
Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque hits a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday against the Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars won the season finale 10-8. (Photo courtesy of Steven Thayer)

The Idaho Falls Chukars ended their season in fitting fashion.

The game lasted three hours and 10 minutes, I.F.’s 25th game with a duration of at least three hours. The Chukars and Orem Owlz traded leads three times and scored boat loads of runs. And no Chukars game would be complete without some errors.

I.F. finished the 2016 season with a 10-8 win over Orem Thursday night in front of 2,194 fans at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars didn’t make the Pioneer League playoffs, but they finished the season with a 40-36 overall record the best in the South Division.

“When you’re not in the playoffs, it’s easy to check out,” Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque said. “But I felt like we finished strong and did good throughout the year. We were above .500, and we competed every game.”

Crooked numbers

The Chukars entered Thursday’s game with 507 runs scored, 35 more than second-place Ogden. With 10 on Thursday, I.F. finished the season averaging 6.8 runs per game.

Run prevention, however, wasn’t the Chukars’ strong suit, as Thursday showed.

Chukars opening day starter Arnaldo Hernandez took the hill in the final game, which didn’t go as well as his first start. Hernandez pitched five innings in I.F.’s 8-2 win over the Ogden Raptors on June 17, allowing one earned run on three hits. On Thursday, the first five Orem batters reached base, and three of them scored.

Hernandez pitched 4.1 innings on Thursday. The right-hander allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk, and he struck out two.

I.F.’s offense immediately bailed Hernandez out from his rough start. The Chukars scored six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the first.

Orem rallied to take an 8-7 lead in the fifth, but I.F. responded in the seventh. Joe Dudek opened the scoring with his sixth home run of the season, a deep two-run shot to center field. The next batter, Manny Olloque, hit a blast to left field to finish the scoring for the night.

Enmanuel Cammacho pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, and Richard Lovelady pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixth save of the season. The left-hander was lights out in his 13 games with I.F. Lovelady finished with a 1.84 ERA, 16 strikeouts and seven walks.

“Every guy got better,” Chukars manager Justin Gemoll said. “It’s a developmental league. These guys grew together as a team and figured out how to win some ballgames.”

The Chukars also committed two errors in the game, upping their season total to 167 (2.2 per game). The next closest team was Ogden, which finished with 131 errors.

Player of the game

Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque

Olloque and Dudek each hit a home run and a double. Olloque added a single to finish 3 for 4, while Dudek was 2 for 4.

Thursday’s performance ended an impressive 2016 season for Olloque. The Pioneer League postseason all-star had a .330 batting average, eight home runs and an OPS over .850.

The biggest area Olloque wants to improve is defense. The 20-year-old committed 25 errors this season, including two on Thursday.

“I lost focus,” Olloque said. “I look forward to instructs and get better on defense.”

Chukars beat Orem 10-6 in the second-to-last game of 2016

Chukars catcher Mark Sanchez (15) tries to slide by Owlz infielder Franklin Torres (6) during  Wednesday's game at Melaleuca Field. (Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com)
Chukars catcher Mark Sanchez (15) tries to slide by Owlz infielder Franklin Torres (6) during Wednesday’s game at Melaleuca Field. (Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com)

The Idaho Falls Chukars overcame some shaky pitching and three errors from the defense to pull out a 10-6 win over the Orem Owlz in front of 1,321 fans Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.

Idaho Falls overcame the sloppy play with an offensive performance that brought back memories from the first half of the Pioneer League season, when Chukars bashed their way to 22 wins. Idaho Falls finished with five extra-base hits and 15 hits Wednesday.

Four times two

The Chukars were muddling through the first four innings, trailing 4-2 before coming alive with four runs in the fifth. Nick Heath started the surge with a walk and a stolen base, and he moved to third on a throwing error.

Ricky Aracena then struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. Manny Olloque followed with a two-run double to left and moved to third on the the throw. After Yeison Melo struck out, Nick Dini doubled in Olloque. And with two outs, MJ Sanchez drove in Dini with a single to right.

Idaho Falls added another four-spot in the seventh, the first coming home on another Sanchez RBI single. Jordan Ebert tripled to score Sanchez and Olloque, and then came home on a throwing error.

Orem cut the deficit to four with a run in the eighth and had the bases loaded in the ninth before Drew Milligan got a ground ball to end the threat.

Olloque was 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs while Ebert was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, a run and two RBIs.

Jason Freeman earned the win in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Player of the game

Idaho Falls catcher MJ Sanchez

It’s been a tough year for Sanchez, a 2015 35th-round draft pick who has been stuck behind league MVP Meibrys Viloria at catcher. Sanchez has played in just 21 games and had 70 at-bats, and Wednesday’s game was his best. The Corono, Calif., native went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Up next

Idaho Falls (39-36 overall, 17-20 second half) wraps up the 2016 season with a final home game against Orem. There will be a fireworks display following the game.

Meibrys Viloria named Pioneer League MVP

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Idaho Falls Chukars catcher Meibrys Viloria, who batted over .400 for most of the season, won the Pioneer League’s 2016 Ralph Nelles Award as the league’s most valuable player.

Viloria, a 19-year-old catcher from Cartagena, Colombia, through Monday led the Pioneer League in batting average (.381), doubles (28) and RBIs (54). And one season after not having an extra-base hit for the Burlington Royals, Viloria is second in the league with 37 extra-base hits. He is also second with 53 runs and third in on-base percentage (.442) and slugging (.619).

The international free agent owns the Pioneer League’s longest hitting streak of 2016 at 20 games from July 7 to Aug. 7.

“It’s a great credit to him and the year he’s had,” Idaho Falls manager Justin Gemoll said in a news release. “He does a lot of good things blocking balls, controlling the running game and leading the pitching staff, and offensively he’s had a great approach and been consistent all year long. He’s one of those kids who comes ready to play and wants to play every day. His energy is infectious for our team and he got after it all season long.”

Viloria is the third Chukar to win the award since Idaho Falls became affiliated with the Royals. Clint Robinson, currently with the Washington Nationals, won the award in 2007, while Ryan O’Hearn, now at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, was honored in 2014.

Viloria, Olloque honored

Idaho Falls teammates Meibrys Viloria and Manny Olloque were named to the 2016 Pioneer League end of season All-Star team, the league announced late Monday. The award is voted on by the league’s managers and honors the best players at each position.

Viloria, who was named the league MVP Tuesday, leads the league in batting average, doubles and RBIs through Monday.

Olloque, in his third minor league season, was hitting .319 through Monday with 15 doubles, seven homers, 49 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

Tuesday’s game

CHUKARS 6, OWLZ 5: At Orem, Utah, Idaho Falls built a 5-1 lead and then held on late to beat Orem the day after it was eliminated from the Pioneer League playoffs.

Idaho Falls starter Alex Luna was solid again, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts over six innings. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-hander improved to 5-1 and saw his ERA drop to 3.90.

The Chukars scored single runs in the first and third innings and plated two in the fourth to go up 4-1. I.F.’s lead went to 6-2 after single runs in the sixth and seventh. Orem, which rallied in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings Monday to win, scored three times in the eighth to cut the lead to one. But Christian Flecha worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to close it out.

Idaho Falls shortstop Ricky Aracena had one of his best offensive games of the season, going 3 for 3 with two walks, a double and three RBIs. He also stole a base and was error-free in the field. Rudy Martin was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Luke Willis was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

The Chukars (38-36 overall, 16-21 second half) return to Melaleuca Field for the final two games of the season. Idaho Falls and Orem will play Wednesday and Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. both nights.

Chukars’ playoff hopes end a with loss in 10th at Ogden

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A season of near-misses and just plain miscues were summed up perfectly in Monday’s 10-9 loss to the Orem Owlz.

Idaho Falls repeatedly grabbed the lead only to give it back with sloppy defense and pitching, eventually coughing up a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning to fall 10-9 to the Owlz and end their playoff hopes. Idaho Falls was eliminated with three games remaining in the regular season.

Blown chances

Idaho Falls held leads of 5-1, 6-5, 8-6 and finally 9-8, but gave up the advantage each time.

The last two innings were particularly painful. The Chukars scored twice in the top of the ninth to take an 8-6 lead, sparked by RBI singles from Nick Dini and Ryan Dale. But the Owlz answered with two in the bottom of the ninth, with runs scoring on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.

Idaho Falls once again took the lead in the top of the 10th, loading the bases with nobody out before Luke Willis grounded into a double play that plated a run. But Orem had a final answer, getting back-to-back one-out doubles from L.J. Kalawaia and Cody Ramer and a game-ending single from Nick Flair.

The Chukars got a good start from Matt Portland, who didn’t make it out of the first inning in his last start. The left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

And the I.F. offense, which has struggled in the second half, pounded out 19 hits and drew three walks. But only four of those hits went for extra bases, and the Chukars stranded 11 runners on base while going 7 for 21 with runners in scoring position.

The Chukars fell to 2-5 in extra-inning games this season, going 0-5 on the road and 2-0 at home. I.F. fell to 5-13 on the road in the second half and 12-25 overall.

Player of the game

Idaho Falls right fielder Yeison Melo

Melo mashed Orem pitching Monday, going 5 for 6 with two doubles and three runs. He pushed his season batting average to. 326.

Up next

Idaho Falls finishes its road schedule today with a game against Orem at 7:05 p.m. The teams then head north on I15 to complete the regular season with games at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday and Thursday. First pitch both nights is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. There will be fireworks following the final game Thursday.

Sunday’s game

CHUKARS 8, RAPTORS 7: At Ogden, Utah, Idaho Falls scored four times in the top of the ninth inning and rallied for a season-saving victory at Lindquist Field.

Ogden led 7-4 entering the ninth, but Idaho Falls scored four times with the help of two Raptors’ errors. Jordan Ebert reachedon a error to lead off and Rudy Martin followed with a double. Nick Heath drove in the first run with a single to center.

After a pitching change, the Chukars pulled out a double steal, with Martin coming home and Heath moving to second. After Ricky Aracena’s fielder’s choice wiped out Heath, Meibrys Viloria reached on second error. Joe Dudek brought Aracena home with a looper to center, and Manny Olloque drove in the winning run with a sac fly to right.

Jason Freeman pitched a perfect ninth to close out the win.

Olloque led the Chukars, going 2 for 4 with his seventh homer of the year. Martin was also 2 for 4 with his second homer.

Chukars split doubleheader with Raptors

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A day that started out so well ended with the Idaho Falls Chukars one loss closer to elimination.

Idaho Falls opened Saturday with a tidy 3-2 win over the Ogden Raptors in the first game of a doubleheader at Lindquist Field. The Chukars got some more good news later in the night when Pioneer League South Division leader Grand Junction fell to Orem.

But the good news didn’t last as Idaho Falls’ bats went silent in a 7-1 loss in the nightcap that pushed the Chukars 4.5 games behind the Rockies with just five games to play. Any combination of I.F. losses and Grand Junction wins equaling two will end the Chukars’ playoff hopes.

In Saturday’s opener, Igol Feliz extended the Chukars’ run of strong starts with an impressive six-inning performance. Feliz (3-3, 5.08 ERA) allowed just five hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out five. Richard Lovelady pitched around two walks in the seventh to earn his fifth save.

And the offense did just enough, getting a run in the second on Joe Dudek’s RBI double to right, and two more in the seventh on RBI singles from Nick Dini and Meibrys Viloria.

The momentum didn’t carry over into Game 2. Ogden grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and led 7-0 after four. That was more than enough for starting pitcher Sven Schuller, who allowed just two hits while striking out three in five shutout innings.

Andres Machado, who has been one of I.F.’s best pitchers this season, allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out five in three innings.

Idaho Falls didn’t score until the seventh and managed just five hits.

Player of the game

Idaho Falls catcher Meibrys Viloria

Viloria was a bright spot Saturday, going a combined 3 for 7 with a run scored and two RBIs. He also hit his 28th double, leaving him two shy of tying the Pioneer League single-season record.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors finish their four-game at 4 p.m. today in Ogden. Jace Vines (1-6, 6.04) is scheduled to start for Idaho Falls. The Chukars then play two games in Orem before closing the regular season with two more against Orem at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday and Thursday.

Raptors rally past the Chukars 3-2

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Idaho Falls’ slim chances at making the Pioneer League playoffs took a big hit Friday with a 3-2 loss to the Ogden Raptors in Utah.

The loss, combined with Grand Junction’s 15-inning win over Orem, pushes the Chukars five games behind the Rockies in the South Division second-half standings with just eight games to play. Idaho Falls can be eliminated with any combination of Chukars losses and Grand Junction wins that adds up to three.

Good start, bad finish

Idaho Falls got another good performance from a starting pitcher, but couldn’t make it equal a win. Arnaldo Hernandez was strong in his six innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. But the game was tied when he left the game, and Ogden got to the I.F. bullpen when it counted.

DJ Peters did the damage, smacking a solo homer off Christian Flecha in the bottom of the eighth. Ogden relievers Adalberto Pena and Vinny Santarsiero did the rest, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five over the final three innings to secure the win.

Idaho Falls finished with just five hits, two of them coming from Joe Dudek. Angelo Castellano added a solo homer in the third inning, his second of the season.

Player of the game

Ogden right fielder DJ Peters

On a night of limited offense, Peters was the hero. He stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the eighth in a tie game and belted a no-doubter over the wall in left-center field. That run proved to be the difference.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors play a doubleheader today after Thursday’s game was rained out. Idaho Falls will start Andres Machado (2-3, 3.72) starting Game 1 at 3:05 p.m. and Igol Feliz (2-3, 5.54 ERA) taking the hill in Game 2 to follow.