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.
The game entered the top of the eighth relatively close with Orem holding a 4-2 lead after Idaho Falls got an RBI single from leadoff man Ethan Chapman.
Trying his best to bunt with runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth, Owlz right fielder Chevy Clark scrapped that plan when he got two strikes and then hit a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall off Andrew Durden to give Orem a 7-2 lead.
In all, Orem sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth, closing the top half of the frame with seven hits and an 11-2 lead.
The Chukars had their chances over the first seven innings, stranding seven runners in scoring position.
“We need to forget about tonight,” Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said. “In this game there is pitching, defense and timely hitting. If we can get two of those we have a good chance to win.”
Wildness haunted Idaho Falls starting pitcher Clayton Schulz in the early innings as Orem opened a 4-1 lead after four.
Schulz walked the leadoff batters in the third and fourth innings, and both came in to score. The lefty walked four over his four innings, and three of those four made it back to home plate.
Following a ringing leadoff single by Orem three-hole hitter Wade Hinkle, Schulz had allowed the Owlz leadoff hitter to reach base in three straight innings, earning a quick hook from Ramirez.
Righty Joe Lopez relieved Schulz with no outs and a runner on first in the top of the fifth and pitched three scoreless innings to lower his earned run average to 1.54.
“(Schulz) was backing himself into hitters corners,” pitching coach Jerry Nyman said. “Joe throws both pitches for strikes on any count. They can’t get a beat on it. He was the antithesis of Schulz.”
LOOSE FEATHERS: With a steal of second base in the bottom of the sixth inning, Nick Cuckovich is now 5 for 5 in stolen base attempts this season. … With Clark’s homer, the Owlz raised their season home run total to a Pioneer League-best 50. Idaho Falls has half that number. … Parker Morin (wrist) returned from injury to have a perfect night, finishing 3 for 3 with a walk.
2B: Bolaski (7, Schulz), Capote (10, Durden), Johnson, S (6, Durden).
3B: Ray (3, Schulz).
HR: Clarke, C (3, 8th inning off Durden, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Johnson, S 3; Capote 3; Bolaski 3; Ray 5; Snyder; Hinkle 2; Clarke, C 5; Bushyhead.
RBI: Bushyhead (11), Ray 3 (28), Bemboom (12), Clarke, C 3 (16), Johnson, S (11), Snyder (44), Bolaski (25).
2-out RBI: Ray 3; Johnson, S; Snyder; Bolaski.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bemboom; Bolaski 2; Johnson, S; Snyder; Clarke, C.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Clarke, C (6, 2nd base off Schulz/Shin), Johnson, S (5, 2nd base off Lopez, J/Shin).
CS: Bushyhead (1, 2nd base by Lopez, J/Shin).
E: Snyder (4, fielding).
PB: Bemboom (7).
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2B: Cuckovich (9, Sappington).
TB: Mondesi; Cuckovich 3; Chapman; Bello, R; Morin 3.
RBI: Cuckovich (29), Chapman (19), Goris (14).
2-out RBI: Cuckovich; Chapman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Shin 2; Hernandez 3; Chapman; Blanco, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Hernandez (2, 2nd base off Sappington/Bemboom), Mondesi (8, 2nd base off Sappington/Bemboom), Cuckovich (5, 2nd base off Newcomb/Bemboom), Chapman (18, 2nd base off Adams/Bemboom).
PB: Shin (6).
DP: (Goris-Mondesi-Bello, R).
|Aaron Newcomb (W, 2-0)||3.0||2||0||0||0||3||0||3.81|
|Joseph Krehbiel (H, 1)||0.2||2||1||0||0||0||0||7.52|
|Austin Adams (H, 4)||0.2||0||1||1||2||1||0||3.38|
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|Clayton Schulz (L, 2-6)||4.0||6||4||4||4||2||0||7.33|
Schulz pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.
WP: Newcomb, Schulz, Durden.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sappington 5-1, Newcomb 2-2, Krehbiel 1-0, Adams 1-0, Baker, G 1-1, Efferson 0-1, Schulz 8-0, Lopez, J 3-1, Durden 2-0, Middendorf 3-0.
Batters faced: Sappington 12, Newcomb 11, Krehbiel 5, Adams 4, Baker, G 4, Efferson 3, Schulz 21, Lopez, J 10, Durden 7, Middendorf 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Adams 2-0, Baker, G 1-1, Lopez, J 1-0, Middendorf 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Blake Mickelson. 1B: Jason Starkovich.
Weather: 94 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to CF.