In their final game before the all-star break, the Idaho Falls Chukars shut down the Ogden Raptors 4-1 Sunday at Lindquist Field.
The Chukars swept Ogden for the second straight two-game series, extending their season-long winning streak to five games and improving their second half record to 5-1.
Derek Gordon led the way, pitching six innings for his first professional win. In his eighth start of the season, the right-hander gave up one earned run on three hits, one walk and five strikeouts. His season ERA is now 3.38, third in the Pioneer League among starters.
The Chukars got the scoring started in the top of the second inning. Shortstop Marten Gasparini hit his Pioneer League-leading eighth triple of the season with one out in the second. The next batter, catcher Nick Dini, hit his second home run of the year, a 419-foot shot to left field to give Idaho Falls a 2-0 lead.
The Chukars took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning on a passed ball that scored third baseman Jeckson Flores.
Ogden got its one run in the sixth on a Chris Godinez double and a Nick Sell single.
Idaho Falls got its fourth run a half inning later. With one out, second baseman DJ Burt tripled to right field. Left fielder Amalani Fukofuka drove him in during the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly.
Burt and Gasparini had identical batting lines: 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored. Flores went 2 for 3 with a walk and Dini went 1 for 3 with a walk. First baseman Josh Banuelos and center fielder Cody Jones each went 2 for 5.
Right-hander Josh Staumont pitched two shutout innings in relief of Gordon. The Kansas City Royals’ second-round pick in the 2015 MLB draft threw 100 miles per hour five times, according to the Chukars’ Twitter account, topping out at 101 MPH.
Two more scoreless frames for RHP Josh Staumont. @Royals 2nd rounder K's two, clocks five, 100 mph fastballs. Topped out at 101 once.
— Idaho Falls Chukars (@ifchukars) August 3, 2015
Idaho Falls (18-26) is off until Thursday, when it travels to Helena for a three-game series. Fukofuka, Banuelos and left-handed reliever Tripp Davis are headed to Spokane, Wash., for Tuesday’s all-star game between the Pioneer League and the Northwest League.