Raptors blast Chukars, 18-1

Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
For Ogden, Thursday night at Melaleuca Field looked similar to Wednesday.
After scoring 17 runs the night before, the Raptors hit three home runs and led the Chukars 11-0 by the top of the fourth. They would go on to register 18 runs on 17 hits to beat the Chukars 18-1 Thursday at Melaleuca.

Chukars infielder Offerman Collado (1) makes it to first base during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

The Chukars fall to 8-10 while the Raptors moved to 10-8. Ogden has outscored Idaho Falls 35-4 the past two games.
Ogden’s offense was hot early and often. The Raptors scored a run in every inning until the seventh inning stretch Thursday.
For Idaho Falls, Thursday was a continuation of one of its early struggles this season: pitching.
After allowing 11 runs on nine hits in five innings, newly acquired lefty Robert Gracia finally put a stop to the Raptors’ streaky offense. He finished with five runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out five batters.
Jake Wakamatsu — usually a position player — finished on the mound for Idaho Falls. He allowed two runs (one of which was earned) on four hits and struck out one batter in 1.1 innings pitched. It was his first time pitching.
Offerman Collado scored the Chukars’ first (and only) run of the game with an RBI-single, scoring Cristhian Vasquez in the fifth frame. The frame ended with a Raptors 6-4-3 double-play while bases were loaded.
Idaho Falls ended the night with eight hits and five errors. Collado led all Chukars by going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Luis Paz hit a 439-foot, 3-run home run before some fans even got to their seats Thursday. From there, the Raptors scored 10 runs from innings two through six. Moises Perez went 4 for 6 with three runs and RBIs, respectively. Nick Yarnall went 2 for 6 and four RBIs. Paz finished 2 for 4 for three RBIs.

What’s important:

A day after surrendering 17 runs, the Chukars surrendered 18 in their fourth loss in five games.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. A day after scoring an RBI, Collado got his second RBI in two days. He scored Cristhian Vasquez in the bottom of the fifth.

Notables:

Attendance was announced as 2,217.
Vance Vizcaino has now tallied a hit in seven-straight games. Robby Rinn has tallied a hit in six-straight games.
Back-to-back Chukars were hit by an Adalberto Pena pitches during the bottom of the fourth. Vizcaino was hit in right leg on a pitch. Tyler Straub was hit in the shoulder the very next pitch.

Chukars infielder Jonathan McCray unsucessfuly slides to first during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

Three former Chukars are in this year’s MLB All-Star Game: Salvador Perez (2009), Mike Moustakas (11 games in 2007) and Greg Holland (2007).
During the first inning, Offerman Collado accidentally broke third base after sliding into it. The Chukars’ groundkeeper fixed it after a few minutes.
A rabbit was occassionally seen hopping around right field late Thursday night.
After one inning, Ogden’s catcher Garrett Hope tripped and fell on his way back to the Raptors’ bullpen. He was called “safe!” and swung his arms out like an umpire while on the ground.

Upnext:

The Chukars will finish out a four-game home stand against Ogden at Melaleuca Field Friday. First pitch is 7:15 p.m.

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