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Chukars end their road trip with an 8-0 loss to Orem

Cepin
Cepin

The sliver of progress the Idaho Falls Chukars made on Wednesday was negated on Thursday.

Orem cruised past the Chukars 8-0 Thursday to split the two-games series in Utah. Pioneer League South Division leader Grand Junction, meanwhile, pounded Ogden 12-3. So I.F. gave back the game it gained Thursday, and it sits 5.5 games out of first place with 14 games to play.

The Chukars have now been shut out two times this season.

Open and shut

The 8-0 score exaggerated the distance between I.F. and Orem on Thursday. The Owlz led 3-0 going into the eighth inning, when they scored five runs to put it away. And their pitching staff was hardly untouchable.

The Chukars tallied eight hits, three walks and one hit-by-pitch on the night. They couldn’t, however, string the baserunners together or hit one over the outfielders’ heads.

All eight hits were singles, and only three runners reached scoring position. I.F.’s hitters went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position, dropping them to 3 for 24 (.125) in those situations the last four games. The Chukars also left nine runners on base Thursday.

First baseman Joe Dudek was one of the few bright spots, going 2 for 2 with two walks. Dudek, who hit the decisive homer Wednesday, is batting .297 with a .916 OPS in 64 at-bats with the Chukars.

Another solid start wasted

In the 12 games before Thursday’s, only one of I.F.’s pitchers (Igol Feliz on Sunday) had allowed more than three runs in a start. Reinaldo Cepin extended that streak to 13 with five serviceable innings against the Owlz. The left-hander allowed three earned runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out two.

But Cepin had no chance to avoid the loss. The lineup never seriously threatened to close the gap, and the bullpen struggled. Nick Andros relieved Cepin and allowed four earned runs in two innings. Enmanuel Camacho allowed one earned run in his inning of work.

Player of the game

Owlz right fielder John Schukneckt

Schukneckt entered Thursday’s game with two home runs in 135 at-bats on the season. On Thursday, he hit two bombs in consecutive at-bats. The first was a solo shot in the bottom of the third that opened the scoring. His second was a two-run blast in the fifth to give Orem a 3-0 lead.

Schukneckt finished 2 for 5.

Up next

The Chukars (31-31 overall, 9-15 second half) and Owlz (33-29, 11-13) begin another two-game set on Friday at Melaleuca Field. I.F righty Arnaldo Hernandez (5.53 ERA) will get the start against lefty Nate Bertness (3.64). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Late rally can’t rescue Chukars in 14-8 loss to Grand Junction

 created on Friday 7/29/2016 at 7:41:41 pm by Victor Flores modified on Friday 7/29/2016 at 9:19:25 pm by Victor Flores Cutline 1editforJuly-30-Chukars-2.jpg Idaho Falls center fielder Nick Heath follows through on his first-inning double during Friday’s game against Grand Junction at Melaleuca Field. (Courtesy of Steve Thayer )
Idaho Falls center fielder Nick Heath follows through on his first-inning double during Friday’s game against Grand Junction at Melaleuca Field. (Courtesy of Steve Thayer )

Everything felt familiar for five innings Friday.

The Idaho Falls Chukars trailed Grand Junction 3-1 through five, but the 2,947 fans at Melaleuca Field had seen this movie before. Just one night earlier, the Chukars trailed by three runs through five. They ended up winning 7-6. And I.F. owns the highest-scoring offense in the Pioneer League, as well.

Sure enough, the Chukars finished Friday with eight runs. But they weren’t nearly enough.

The Rockies pounded I.F.’s pitching staff for 14 runs on 17 hits. Only a six-run ninth inning prevented a double-digit blowout.

Floodgates open

Save for a couple of solo home runs, Chukars starter Arnaldo Hernandez pitched well heading into the sixth inning. Then the right-hander ran into control issues, and I.F.’s bullpen couldn’t plug up the leak.

Hernandez walked two of the first three batters he faced in the sixth, and he was replaced by Christian Flecha. The Rockies piled up four hits against the lefty, leading to five runs and an 8-1 lead.

Enmanuel Camacho relieved Flecha in the seventh, and the hits kept flowing. Grand Junction scored four runs on four singles and a walk.

“They were finding holes,” Chukars pitching coach Jeff Suppan said of Grand Junction’s hitters. “Sometimes, you make a really good pitch and it gets hit. Sometimes, you make a bad pitch and it’s an out. This is development. You’re learning. You’ve gotta know, how do you pitch when you don’t have your best stuff?”

The final two runs scored on a play that summed up I.F.’s first eight innings. With two outs, Cole Anderson hit a soft ground ball to Jordan Ebert. The ball rolled right under the legs of the Chukars’ second baseman, resulting in a 12-1 lead for the Rockies.

Baker holds I.F. in check

Rockies starter Bryan Baker entered Friday’s game with a 7.52 ERA. He had allowed at least two earned runs in his first five starts, and he was facing the Pioneer League’s best lineup.

Naturally, Baker quieted the Chukars.

Idaho Falls catcher Meibrys Viloria loads up to make a throw after a dropped third strike during Friday’s game against Grand Junction at Melaleuca Field. (Courtesy of Steve Thayer)
Idaho Falls catcher Meibrys Viloria loads up to make a throw after a dropped third strike during Friday’s game against Grand Junction at Melaleuca Field. (Courtesy of Steve Thayer)

The right-hander allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the first inning. I.F.’s next four innings against Baker were scoreless. On the night, Baker allowed allowed five hits with five strikeouts and the lone walk.

Viloria’s streak continues 

Meibrys Viloria had another strong performance at the plate Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with an RBI double. The all-star catcher extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the process.

Viloria has gone 31 for 61 (.508) with three home runs, two triples and six doubles during the steak, which began July 7 at Ogden.

Player of the game 

Rockies right fielder Manny Melendez 

Melendez and Jonathan Piron both recorded four hits, including one extra-bagger. Piron hit a double and Melendez hit home run, which gives him the slight edge for this award.

Up next 

The Chukars (23-17, 1-1 second half) and Rockies (17-23, 1-1) return to Melaleuca Field Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Igol Feliz (6.31 ERA) will start for I.F.

Chukars strike late, beat Owlz 10-4

Viloria
Viloria

The Idaho Falls Chukars couldn’t hold a pair of one-run leads on Monday. A six-run advantage, however, proved too big to squander.

The Chukars scored eight runs in the final two innings to beat the Orem Owlz 10-4 in Orem, Utah. I.F. exited the four-game series with a split and finished the road trip with a 2-4 record.

Late-inning flurries

Monday’s game was oddly low-scoring for six and a half innings. But the teams that sit No. 1 (I.F.) and No. 2 (Orem) in the Pioneer League in runs woke up toward the end.

Orem scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead. In the top of the eighth, Chukars catcher Meibrys Viloria hit an RBI triple and scored a batter later to tie it up at 4-4.

The game remained that score going into the ninth inning. With one out, designated hitter Luke Willis launched a solo home run to give I.F. the lead back. The Chukars scored five more runs on five hits, all with two outs, to blow the game open.

Another good start for Machado

Andres Machado gave up 11 earned runs on 20 hits in his first 13 innings pitched for I.F. this season. In his fourth start last week, Machado pitched four scoreless frames and struck out seven.

Machado now has a positive streak going after Monday’s performance. The right-hander gave up one earned run on four hits, a walk and six strikeouts in five innings against the Owlz. His ERA improved to 4.91, and he’s struck out 21 this season while walking four.

Player of the game

Chukars catcher Meibrys Viloria

Viloria went into Monday’s game leading the Pioneer League in batting average, and he added to it on Monday. Viloria went 2 for 3 with a triple and his league-leading 14th double, upping his average to .471. He also drew two walks, increasing his league-leading on-base percentage to .519. Last but not least, Viloria leads the league in slugging percentage (.886) by more than 200 points.

Up next

The Chukars (13-11), like the rest of the Pioneer League, have Tuesday off. Alex Luna is scheduled to pitch against Cameron Roegner on Wednesday, when the Chukars take on the Helena Brewers for the first time all season. First pitch at Melaleuca Field is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Sunday’s game

Viloria did everything he could, but the Chukars couldn’t hold off the Owlz in a back-and-forth 10-9 loss at Orem.

Viloria went 5 for 5 with a solo home run that traveled 452 feet, according to the Chukars.

The homer sparked a four-run second inning, giving I.F. a 5-0 lead. But Orem chipped away and took a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning. The Owlz went ahead 9-6 after a two-run eighth.

The Chukars had another rally in them. Four singles and an error led to three runs for I.F. in the top of the ninth. Nick Heath (3 for 5) topped off the scoring with an RBI single.

Orem responded against Enmanuel Camacho in the bottom of the final inning.

Zach Gibbons (4 for 5) reached on a Ricky Aracena error to start the ninth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Brennan Morgan (2 for 2) singled to right to drive in Gibbons and give the Owlz a walk-off win.

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.