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Chukars’ rally comes up short in Ogden

Flecha
Flecha

The Idaho Falls Chukars and Ogden Raptors left a large chunk of offense in Idaho Falls, but they played their second close game in Ogden.

A night after the Raptors won 4-3 in 10 innings, they held on for a 5-4 win on Thursday at Lindquist Field. The tight victory completed a two-game sweep for Ogden over I.F.

Chukars make it interesting

When Ogden took a 5-0 lead after four innings, three Chukars had reached base (one single, two walks). But I.F. did not go quietly.

Angelo Castellano walked, Manny Olloque reached on an error and Meibrys Viloria and Yeison Melo each hit RBI doubles in the top of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 5-3.

In the top of the ninth, Tanner Stanley scored on a two-out wild pitch to decrease the deficit to 5-4. Olloque followed that up with a single, but Viloria grounded out to second base to end the game.

This was I.F.’s seventh one-run game of the season. The Chukars are now 3-4 in those contests.

Flecha holds the fort

I.F.’s late offensive surge wouldn’t have mattered if Christian Flecha struggled.

The left-hander replaced starting pitcher Jace Vines (five earned runs, six hits, two walks, four strikeouts) in the fifth inning, and he finished the game. Flecha pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowed one hit and one walk and struck out three.

Flecha’s shutdown performance came four days after he gave up three earned runs in 0.2 innings against Grand Junction. His ERA dropped by 2.28 points after Thursday’s outing.

Can’t run before you walk

The Chukars mustered five hits for the second straight night after averaging 17.3 hits per game their previous four contests. But while the Chukar bats remained quiet, the plate discipline improved.

I.F. followed up a three-walk performance on Wednesday with seven free passes on Thursday. Only one player (Castellano) scored after drawing a walk, which points to I.F.’s struggles with the bat. But a patient approach can lead to better pitches, which can rescue hitters from slumps.

Player of the game

Raptors center fielder Cody Thomas

Thomas earns this honor for the second straight night. That’s because he hit a two-run home run for the second straight night, this time in the first inning. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk.

Up next

The Chukars (11-9) continue their road trip with a four-game series at Orem (13-7) starting Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Chukar bats cool off in 4-3 loss to Ogden

Luna
Luna

The Idaho Falls Chukars and Ogden Raptors continue to look like different teams when they change venues.

The Chukars swept the Raptors in their season-opening two-game series at Melaleuca Field. They got swept at Ogden in last week’s two-gamer. Back home Monday and Tuesday, Idaho Falls swept Ogden.

On Wednesday back in Utah, the Chukars surrendered a late lead and lost 4-3 in 10 innings. It was their lowest-scoring outing since their previous road game: a 7-1 loss at Ogden eight days ago.

Raptors come through late

Alex Luna has a case for the best start by a Chukars pitcher this season. Either way, Wednesday’s performance was the longest. The right-hander went 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

But Luna exited the game with a mere 3-1 lead, and Ogden’s bats found life against his replacements.

The biggest hit came against Jason Freeman in the bottom of the eighth inning. With no outs and a runner on first, Raptors left fielder Cody Thomas blasted a home run to force a 3-3 tie.

The game cruised along until the bottom of the 10th. Thomas and first baseman Brock Carpenter drew back-to-back one-out walks against Enmanuel Camacho to bring up DJ Peters. On an 0-2 count, Peters grounded a single into left field, and Thomas was waved home. Luke Willis’ throw was on target but a half second late, and the Ogden celebration commenced.

Where’d the runs go?

The Chukars averaged 14.5 runs and 17.3 hits per game their previous four contests. I.F. and Ogden combined to score 50 runs Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday felt foreign.

The Chukars tallied five hits, three of which were concentrated in their three-run fourth inning. Manny Olloque’s fourth-inning double was I.F.’s only extra-base hit.

Chukars clean it up

I.F. won five of six games on their latest homestand in spite of its defense. The Chukars committed 27 fielding errors in the six outings (4.5 per game), and they never committed fewer than three in any one game.

Not only did the Chukars reduce their miscues on Wednesday, they didn’t commit a single error. That’s the second time in 19 games they’ve gone errorless. The other game: a 6-5 loss at Grand Junction on June 27.

Player of the game

Raptors left fielder Cody Thomas

Peters went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk and a walk-off hit. More often than not, he earns this honor.

But Thomas came through in an even higher leverage situation, and his big hit was a home run. He finished 2 for 4 with a double, a walk and the game-winning run scored.

Up next

The Chukars (11-8) wrap up their two-game series at Ogden (5-14) on Thursday at Lindquist Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.