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Chukars fall into a division tie for first place after a 2-1 loss to Missoula


After Monday’s blowout win, the Idaho Falls Chukars had the Pioneer League South Division’s first half title in their grasp. But the Chukars still needed to win, and that was far from a sure thing, as Tuesday illustrated.

The Chukars fell to the Missoula Osprey 2-1 in 10 innings Tuesday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The loss, coupled with Orem’s win, means the Chukars and Owlz are tied for first place in the South with one game left in the first half. Orem owns the tiebreaker.

Quick pitch

The I.F. and Missoula pitching staffs were more than stingy; they were efficient.

The Chukars threw 117 pitches in 9.2 innings. The Osprey threw 113 in a full 10 frames. Neither team allowed a walk, the Chukars hit the only two batters of the game and the squads combined to tally 13 hits. I.F. and Missoula had 11 total 1-2-3 innings, as well, resulting in a game time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Alex Luna padded his resume as I.F.’s best starter, but he walked off the field with the team’s trainer prior to the bottom of the fifth, according to Chukars broadcaster Andrew Haynes. Luna allowed one run on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts in his four innings pitched.


Fellow right-hander Reinaldo Cepin was even more dominant. He also pitched four innings, allowing one hit and no walks with four strikeouts.

Inopportune mistakes

The only dent allowed by Luna and Cepin was a solo home run by Kyle Smith in the second inning. The blast, which was the only extra-base hit by either team, proved to be crucial as the game sped along.

Drew Milligan replaced Cepin in the top of the 10th and hit the second batter he faced. One out later, Milligan had the runner, Michael Branigan, picked off on a premature steal attempt. But the throw to first was wide, per Haynes, and David Edwards couldn’t corral it, so Branigan ended up at third base. Yan Sanchez responded two pitches later with a walk-off single up the middle.

Help wanted

Head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker for Pioneer League teams knotted up at the top of the South Division. I.F. and Orem (both 22-15 overall) went 4-4 against each other in the first half. If they remain tied after tomorrow’s games, the second tiebreaker would go into effect. That tiebreaker is division record.

The Owlz have gone 15-9 against South teams, while the Chukars have gone 13-11. So Orem will be the first-half champions if it remains tied with I.F.

The Chukars can only win the division under one scenario: a win over Missoula and an Orem loss to Billings (the North’s first-half champion).

Player of the game

Osprey starting pitcher Alex Gouin

Both sides pitched beautifully Gouin just did it longer than anyone else. The right-hander went eight innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts. It was his longest start this season, and the longest outing by an opposing pitcher against the Chukars.

Up next

The Chukars and Osprey conclude their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. I.F.’s Jace Vines (6.33 ERA) takes on fellow righty Jhoan Duran (5.40).

Chukars rough up Osprey 17-7


Back-to-back road wins have pushed the Idaho Falls Chukars closer to winning the Pioneer League South Division first-half title. Idaho Falls held off Helena on Sunday to end that three-game series, then pounded Missoula 17-7 on Monday to kick off another three-game set.

The Chukars were unable to build on their one-game lead over Orem when the Owlz rallied from a late two-run deficit to earn a 6-5 win over Helena. The Chukars could clinch the first-half title Tuesday with a win and an Orem loss.

Hit parade

Idaho Falls has the top offense in the Pioneer League, and they only added to that lead Monday. The Chukars finished with 20 hits, including four doubles and two home runs. Every hitter in the Idaho Falls lineup had at least one hit, and every Chukar scored at least once.

Manny Olloque, Yeison Melo, David Edwards and Angelo Castellano each had three hits, while Rudy Martin, Meibrys Viloria and Jordan Ebert added two apiece. Idaho Falls hitters also drew four walks. And despite scoring 17 runs, they left 11 runners on base.

Idaho Falls scored at least two runs in seven of the nine innings, including four in the eighth and three in the second, seventh and ninth innings.

Mound presence


Idaho Falls starter Andres Machado wasn’t the force he had been in his previous three starts, when he allowed a combined one earned run on 11 hits in 14 innings. But he wasn’t bad, either. The 6-foot, 175-pound right-hander allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings to even his season record at 2-2.

Player of the game

Chukars second baseman Angelo Castellano

Castellano has been one of the few Chukars to struggle at the plate, hitting .259 while showing little power. But something clicked for the 6-foot, 170-pounder, who entered Monday hitting .245. Castellano pushed that average to .259 after going 3 for 6 with two singles and a three-run bomb in the seventh.

Up next

Idaho Falls (22-14) continues its three-game series with Missoula tonight. Alex Luna (3-0, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Chukars while Alex Gouin (1-2, 5.79) is expected to start for the Osprey.

Sunday’s game

CHUKARS 7, BREWERS 6: At Helena, Mont., the Chukars turned the tables on their road woes, rallying from an early 4-2 deficit and then surviving a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a rare victory away from Melaleuca Field.

Idaho Falls had lost seven road games by one run, including five of them in walk-offs. Helena nearly made it six Sunday, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth with the Chukars up by a run. But Idaho Falls reliever Brian Bayliss got a flyout to end the threat and close out the win.

The Chukars trailed 4-2 entering the fifth, but Meibrys Viloria added to his amazing season by belting a three-run homer to right field. David Edwards followed with a solo homer to put the Chukars up 6-4. Helena tied the score with single runs in the fifth and eighth, but Idaho Falls went back ahead when Yeison Melo and Viloria singled. Jordan Ebert then lined a single to center that went in and out of the glove of Joantgel Segovia, allowing Melo to score.

Viloria improved his league-leading average to .456 by going 3 for 4, while adding his 15th double and sixth home run. Ricky Aracena was 2 for 4 with a run while Ebert was 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI and Melo was 2 for 5 with a run. And the league’s worst defense was error-free for the second straight game.