By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
The Owlz have continuously stumped the Chukars all season. Friday night was no different.
Orem downed Idaho Falls 13-2 Friday night at Melaleuca Field behind 11 unanswered runs in the first five frames and strong command on the mound.
The loss puts the Chukars at 17-21. Orem, the best team in the Pioneer League, advances to 26-11.
It was the first time the Chukars allowed 20-plus runs since June 20 against Grand Junction.
And the Owlz almost blanked Chukars, if it wasn’t for Logan Gray. Gray scored after a passed ball by Owlz pitcher Keinner Pina in the bottom of the sixth — the first run scored by the Chukars since Wednesday. Robby Rinn then grounded out to first baseman Jeyson Sanchez, allowing Cristhian Vasquez to reach home.
Orem’s starting pitcher Cole Duensing and defense dominated early and throughout, however, as Duensing struck out two batters and didn’t allow a single hit or run in five frames of work.
The Chukars didn’t register their first hit until after Duensing left the mound and Gray reached second base after a shot to right field off Evan Smith.
The Chukars would finish with just four hits and five total bases.
Against the Owlz, a lack of offense has been a consistent trend this season for the Chukars. They’ve only garnered eight hits in the previous two games against the Owlz, and have scored more than five runs just twice (a 9-7 win against Orem on June 29; a 10-6 loss on June 23) in nine games.
The Chukars continue to struggle against the Owlz, losing 13-2 Friday night. Idaho Falls is 1-8 when its played Orem this season.
Player (s) of the game:
Logan Gray. Gray was the only Chukar to get any luck at the plate Friday. Gray went 2 for 4 and reached home once.
The Chukars return home Saturday for game three of four against the Owlz. First pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m.