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Chukars best Rockies behind late surge

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Idaho Falls was in a slump. And it seemed its offense had collapsed after a home stand which included four losses in six games.
But then, the Chukars (5-5) woke up in the bottom of the sixth against the Rockies (3-7) Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.

Wakamatsu

Idaho Falls scored six unanswered runs during the sixth and seventh frames to beat Grand Junction 6-4. The win halts a two-game slide and was (partial) revenge for Grand Junction’s five home runs the night before.
Jake Wakamatsu lead the Chukars by going 2-for-3 at the plate Wednesday. And it was Wakamatsu — the son of Royals’ bench coach, Ron — and Logan Gray who ignited the Chukars in the bottom of the sixth.


Gray’s double to right field set up Wakamatsu’s second single. The duo started a hit parade.
After Wakamatsu singled, Offerman Collado (Idaho Falls’ leadoff hitter) got a hit. Then Christhian Vasquez got a hit. Then Amalani Fukofuka got a hit. All three that followed Wakamatsu’s lead notched RBIs and helped Idaho Falls overcome a four-run deficit.
“We had a couple tough games the past couple games, so it feels nice to get a win before the road trip,” said Wakamatsu, referencing the Chukars’ five-game road trip starting tonight and ending Monday.
Before Wakamatsu, though, the Chukars fell into a 4-0 hole after four errors and a Geoffrey Bramblett wild pitch scored a Rockies runner. Todd Czinege was a perfect 4-for-4 and had one RBI for Grand Junction.
The Chukars’ first hit came from Wakamatsu in the third inning with a pop-up shot behind second base. He was left on base.
But Wakamatsu and Gray revived the Chukars right when they needed it. After being outscored 23-7 in the previous two losses, Idaho Falls finishes its first home stand of the season 2-4 and a win at home.
“That was a big win for us right there,” said Chukars manager Justin Gemoll, praising Christopher Marte (1-0) closing Wednesday’s game.

What’s important:

After a bleak start Wednesday, Idaho Falls climbed back from a 4-0 Grand Junction deficit to win 6-4 and end its six-game home stand 2-4.

Player (s) of the game:

Jake Wakamatsu and Offerman Collado. Collado had two RBIs on 1-for-3 hitting. Wakamatsu, who will probably see more at-bats with Jonathan McCray being sent up to triple-A, was 2-for-3 at the plate Wednesday.

Quote of the game:

“We had a couple tough games the past couple games, so it feels nice to get a win before the road trip.” – Jake Wakamatsu

Notables:

Wednesday was the fastest game this season at two hours and 33 minutes.
The Chukars wore white jerseys with purple stripes Wednesday at Melaleuca Field to support “cancer awareness”. It was the first time they wore them this season.


Jonathan McCray was called up to the Omaha Storm Chasers before Wednesday’s game. McCray was one of the Chukars’ best hitters during his eight games. He batted a .361 and registered 13 hits.
Idaho Falls did add catcher Chris Hudgins, the Royals’ 16th round pick this season. Hudgins is the third catcher on the Chukars.

Upnext:

Idaho Falls ends its six-game home stand by traveling to Orem. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. The Owlz beat the Chukars twice earlier this season (10-6 on June 23; 9-3 on June 24).

Rockies blast Chukars, 14-3

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Ugly baseball happened at Melaleuca Field Tuesday night. Specifically, the Chukars seventh inning against the Rockies.
Grand Junction blasted Idaho Falls, 14-3, after scoring 11 runs in four frames. Five of them came during the seventh inning.

Chukars outfielder Amalani Fukofuka (8) runs to steal second base during a games against the Grand Junction Rockies at Melaluca Field on Tuesday night.

After an initial slow start, Grand Junction scored five runs — taking advantage of the Chukars’ four errors — to suck the energy out of Melaleuca Field by the seventh inning stretch.
The Chukars answered with a run by the bottom of the inning, but by that point, the outcome was clear. The Chukars drop to 4-6 on the season. Grand Junction advance to 3-6. Grand Junction has outscored Idaho Falls 23-6 during the previous two games.
Idaho Falls’ bullpen struggled: 18 hits allowed, wild pitches throughout, four errors. All four pitchers (Andres Sotillet, Garrettson Harris, Michael Silva, Jose De Leon) surrendered two or more earned runs.
The beginning of the end began when Grand Junction’s Nate Coronado came to the plate a top of the fourth inning. He crushed an Sotillet pitch out of Melaleuca Field for a 468-feet, 2-run home run.
The blast gave Grand Junction a three-run lead.
The Rockies would add two runs an inning later, one coming off a gorgeous Amalani Fukofuka diving catch in right field.
Then Grand Junction added a run in the sixth. Then the five-run seventh inning.
Despite some pretty fielding plays by the Chukars, the Rockies simply hit their way to victory Tuesday night. The Rockies’ 18 hits were the second-most this season (the most is 23; also came against the Chukars).
Unlike previous games in their six-game home stand, Tuesday night started off slow offensively.
The Chukars took a 1-0 lead in the first frame after Jonathan McCray hit an RBI to score Fukofuka. McCray’s RBI is his sixth this season.
The Rockies would answer the next inning after Chukars’ pitcher Andres Sotillet threw a wild pitch, allowing Chad Spanberger to jog home.
Spanberger’s jog was foreshadow of what happened later Tuesday. Tuesday’s win was just too easy for the Rockies.

What’s important:

After surrendering five home runs the night before, Idaho Falls was flat against Grand Junction Tuesday. The Rockies outscored the Chukars 11-1 from frames four through seven. The Chukars only scored three runs off five Rockies’ errors.

Player (s) of the game:

Darrell Miller Jr. had an valiant effort. He went 2-for-5 and had two RBIs.

Schedule woes

The Chukars are in trouble: they have 12 pitchers to finish out the next 13 games. Idaho Falls starts the season with 22-straight games, and from Tuesday’s poor pitching performance, pitcher fatigue may be something to look out for in the near future.

Notables:

Grand Junction’s Nate Coronado hit a 468-foot home run over Melaleuca’s center wall in the fourth inning. Per MiLB, Melaleuca field’s center wall is 400 feet.

Rockies third baseman, Jeff Bohling, was injured in the top of the fifth after a line drive to left field hit his face. He left the game after being evaluated by trainers.

Right handed pitcher Emmanuel Estevez transferred to the Arizona Royals before Tuesday’s game. His departure leaves Idaho Falls with only 12 pitchers.

During their first four home games this season, the Chukars had surrendered a run in the top of the first inning. That streak ended Tuesday against Grand Junction thanks to a 6-4-3 double-play to end the top of the first.

The attendance was announced as 2,661 Tuesday.

Upnext:

The Chukars finish off a six-game homestand against Grand Junction Wednesday at Melaleuca Field. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Gates at Melaleuca open at 6 p.m.

Five home runs down Chukars at Melaleuca

By Luke O’Roark | Loroark@postregister.com
Grand Junction just couldn’t stop hitting home runs during its sixth meeting with Idaho Falls Monday at Melalueca Field.
The Rockies beat the Chukars, 9-4, behind five home runs to end their five-game losing streak. The loss pushes the Chukars to 1-3 at home.
It was back-to-back Rockies’ home runs that gave them a five-run lead, and sent Chukars fans home early.
In the top of the ninth, Grand Junction’s Chad Spanberger hit a two-run home run to extend its already 6-4 lead. Then, Ramon Marcelino hit a home run over the center field wall the next pitch. The back-to-back hits doomed Idaho Falls late (4-4).

Robby Rinn (via Chukars Media)

“They caught a fews balls real good late in the game and the lead before (the Chukars did),” Robby Rinn said. “We’ve done it to them before and they got us back.”
The five home runs were the most the Chukars had surrendered all season. They only let up seven runs in their first seven games this season.
Grand Junction (2-6) began Monday’s game similar to Sunday’s: with a two-run lead.
Ryan Vilade hit a home run to left field to score him and Pedro Gonzalez. Shael Mendoza notched an RBI after a shot to right field scored Javier Guevara in the third.
The Chukars scratched the 3-0 deficit with RBIs from Ricky Aracena, Amalani Fukofuka and Rinn. Rinn’s RBI pushed his total to 15 — a team-high this season.
Fukofuka would break the stalemate in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI-single to left field — scoring Dalton Griffin — and giving Idaho Falls a 4-3 lead.
Grand Junction’s Nic Motley hit a home run to tie it at 4-4. It wasn’t the last one Chukars pitchers Janser Lara and Jeremy Gwinn would see fly over Melaleuca’s back wall, either.
Marcelino added another home run in the top of the eighth to give Grand Junction a 5-4 lead. It was a prelude to what would happen a inning later.
“The ball kind of flies in this league,” pitcher Michael Silva said. “When we played them, we had a bunch of home runs at their place to start of the season. They were just swinging early and they caught a lot of fastballs and it just elevated them.”

What’s important:

Similar to Saturday’s loss to Orem, Idaho Falls made solid contact with the ball Monday — it just couldn’t capitalize on it. The Rockies five home runs were the difference makers.

Players of the game:

Ricky Aracena and Robby Rinn. Two of the Chukars’ most consistent hitters continued to be consistent Monday. Aracena went 2-for-4 at the plate on the night. Rinn went 1-for-4 and an RBI.

Ricky Aracena (via Chukars Media)

Quote of the game:

“The ball kind of flies in this league. When we played them, we had a bunch of home runs at their place to start of the season. They were just swinging early and they caught a lot of fastballs and it just elevated them.” — pitcher Michael Silva

Notables:

A fan caught a foul ball with a purse during the second inning.
Robby Rinn hit his 15th RBI this season during the third frame — four more than the second-best, Amalani Fukofuka (11).
Rain hit Melaleuca Field during the fourth frame, causing some fans to scatter away from their seats and others to put sweaters above the head. The rain lasted less than a minute.

Up next:

Idaho Falls (4-4) plays Grand Junction (2-6) Tuesday at Melaleuca Field. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. It’s the fifth game of a six-game homestand.

Sunday’s game:

Idaho Falls beat Grand Junction 13-4 Sunday at Melaleuca Field.
Chukars infielder Tyler Straub lead the way for Idaho Falls, hitting 3-for-5 at bat and notching three RBIs. He also hit his first career home run during the second inning.
First baseman Robby Rinn and catcher Darrell Miller Jr. also had notable performances Sunday. Rinn went 2-for-5 at the plate and knocked in two runs. Miller went 2-for-4 and had three RBIs. Miller has registered atleast two hits and two RBIs in all three games he’s played for the Chukars.
After surrendering two runs in the top of the first, Idaho Falls scored 11 unanswered runs in seven frames to earn its first home win of the season.
The win pushed the Chukars to 4-3 on the season. All four of their wins have come against the Rockies.

Chukars best Rockies, Miller Jr. is perfect at-bat

Thursday’s series-ending game between the Chukars and Rockies was initally close, but don’t worry, Darrell Miller Jr. handled things at Suplizio Field.
Miller went 5-for-5 for two RBIs and two runs during Thursday nights’ 13-10 win against Grand Junction (1-3). Miller lead all batters with five hits.
If the Rockies dominated the Chukars (3-1) Tuesday (17-11 and 23 hits), then the Chukars dominated Thursday night behind a 6-run, eighth inning. Robby Rinn and Tyler Straub had 2-RBI singles. Straub then scored on a throwing error and then Jonathan McCray scored on a Jan Carlos Lopez wild pitch.

Darrell Miller Jr. Provided via Idaho Falls Chukars

The Chukars were up 7-6 up to that point, including two runs in the seventh.
In comparison to previous games in the series, though, Thursday night was relatively low scoring. At least at first.
Both teams scored four runs in the first two frames, which saw Ricky Aracena homer in the first inning. There was only two runs (combined) scored from the third to sixth innings.
The series had a combined 86 runs in four games.

What’s important:

The Chukars survived on the road to open the season, working off some early season rust before coming back to Idaho Falls for a six-game homestand Friday. A 3-1 record puts the Chukars atop the Pioneer League South division.
Idaho Falls was 3-5 last season at Suplizio Field, so to start 3-1 is a improvement. It certainly won’t be the last time these two teams meet, either.
The Chukars and Rockies play another four-game series Sunday through next Wednesday.
Idaho Falls will now have an eight-hour bus ride home from Grand Junction Thursday night. They will need the rest — every game went over three hours to start the season. Thursday’s game lasted over four hours.

Player(s) of the game:

Catcher Darrell Miller Jr.
The nephew of NBA Hall of Famer, Reggie, is 6-for-7 to start his Chukars’ career. Miller was instrumental Thursday night, hitting 5-for-5 on the night and two RBIs. He is slowly becoming one of Idaho Fall’s most consistent batters.
During game two of the series, Miller was also a bright spot. He was 3-for-4, garnered hit three RBIs and hit a 2-run home run during the 17-11 loss.
One blemish Thursday: he was picked-off first in the sixth inning.

Other notes:

Pioneer League teams may want to look out for left fielder Jonathan McCray. He hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning and went 3-for-5 and three runs on the night.
Ricky Aracena had a down night after starting the his second season with Idaho Falls strong. Aracena came into Thursday with a .556 batting average in two games. He went 1-for-5 during Thursday’s win at Grand Junction. He did have one home run, though.
Amalani Fukofuka also had an off night: he went 0-for-5. He was 7-15 at-bat and had three home runs heading into Thursday’s game.

Up next:

The Chukars’ home opener is on Friday night against the Orem Owls (3-1). First pitch is 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Chukars blast Rockies late, 15-5

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
In an early back-and-forth game, the Chukars beat the Grand Junction Rockies 15-5 Wednesday night at Suplizio Field to advance to 2-1 on the year.
It was Roby Rinn who finally blew open the game for the Chukars. 
Rinn hit a 2-run home run to help the Chukars garner six runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Chukars would take a 11-5 lead thanks to Rinn’s second home run of the season.
From there, Janser Lara would shut the door on the Rockies: he struck out eight batters and only allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched. His eight strikeouts were a team-high this season.
The Chukars added on four runs in the top of the ninth behind one double-RBI, two single-RBIs and a Tyler Straub forceout.
The Rockies (1-2) only registered six hits in the loss, a far cry from their 23 hits Tuesday night. They only had three RBIs during Wednesday night’s loss.
Before Rinn’s home run, though, the Chukars offense was fairly inconsistent. Three runs in the fifth inning gave them their third lead of the game and Jeremy Gwinn’s command on the mound began to slip.
The Chukars couldn’t score a run in the sixth or seventh frame.
But Rinn came to the plate and smacked the ball to right field, giving the Chukars the lead and securing the win for Idaho Falls — which plays Grand Junction again tonight at 6:40 p.m.

Players of the game

Amalani Fukofuka, Roby Rinn and Janser Lara.
Fukofuka went 3-for-5 Wednesday at Grand Junction, hitting his third home run in three games. He had three home runs his entire 2015 campaign with the Chukars.

Chukars outfiielderAmalani Fukofuka (8) poses for a portrait during the 2017 Chukars Media Day on Saturday afternoon. The Chukars opening game is this Monday at Grand Junction Rockies.
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Rinn hit a 2-run home run to put Wednesday’s game away and give the Chukars their second win of the season. Rinn was perfect (5-for-5) on the night.
Lara had one of the Chukars’ best pitching performances during the early season. Once he relieved for Gwinn, the Chukars were in control. His eight strikeouts is a team-high for the Chukars.

Up next

The Chukars (2-1) return tonight to Suplizio Field for the final game of a four-game series against Grand Junction (1-2). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. The Chukars will be home Friday for their home-opener against Orem.

Chukars beat Rockies in extra innings

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
The Idaho Falls Chukars can thank Freddy Fermin for their 1-0 start to the season.
Fermin hit a two-RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning Monday and the Chukars survived another Grand Junction rally to earn an 8-7 win over the Rockies to kick off the 2017 season at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Chukars held on after Fermin’s heroics, as reliever Michael Silva allowed a run but got two groundouts before striking out former Chukar Jordan Ebert with the tying run on third base.
The Chukars’ offense seemed potent early Monday, building a 6-4 lead after the sixth frame. They bombarded Rockies’ starter Justin Valdespina for 12 hits and five earned runs.
Then, Grand Junction’s Jorge Oviedo came to the mound. And Idaho Falls fell apart late.
Oviedo shut out the Chukars in the seventh, eighth and ninth, striking out five batters without surrendering a hit.
On the other end, Chukars’ Cody Nesbit’s command on the mound was steady until he hit a batter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Rockies went on to tie the game on Pedro Gonzalez’s two-run single, forcing extra innings.
That set things up for Fermin, who finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
The win pushes the Chukars’ season-opening record to 3-3 over the previous six years.

What’s important

The Chukars’ offense is going to be good (again) this summer.
Idaho Falls registered 12 hits in six innings before Oviedo shut the door. Despite Oviedo’s dominance, the Chukars’ offense has plenty of hitting options including Fukofuka, Logan Gray, Vance Vizcaino and Jonathan McCray. The Chukars also have plenty of speed. Idaho Falls led the Pioneer League in stolen bases last season (132), and stole three bases (one from Fukofuka, two from Vizcaino) Monday.

Players of the game

Freddy Fermin and Amalani Fukofuka. Fermin’s late-game heroics should not be understated. The Chukars had registered a hit in three innings up to that point and were facing a potential loss with two outs.
During Saturday’s media day, Fukofuka said he wanted to improve his swing and rebuild his confidence. Whatever he did, it worked Monday against the Rockies.
Fukofuka hit a two-run home run to center field during the top of the third and finished 2 for 5.

Up next

The Chukars (1-0) return tonight to Suplizio Field for Game 2 of a four-game series against Grand Junction (0-1). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. The Chukars play 22-straight games before their first day off (July 11).

Chukars hire a new broadcaster for the fourth straight year

Ratick
Ratick

The Idaho Falls Chukars’ broadcasting carousel continues to turn.

Last week, the Chukars announced the hiring of Logan Ratick as their director of broadcasting and media relations. Ratick, who is in his senior year at Syracuse University, will be fourth person in four years to fill that position.

Ratick’s duties will include calling Chukars home games alongside John Balginy and calling road games by himself. He will also be in charge of news releases, social media, the Chukars’ website and more.

“I felt like Idaho Falls was a great situation because of the people in the front office, the fact that I could do every single solo on the road and have a chance to learn from John Balginy,” Ratick told the Post Register over the phone earlier this week. “Everything about the situation seemed right.”

Ratick replaces Andrew Haynes, who told the Post Register he landed a temporary broadcasting job in the spring for the University of Texas softball team.

Chukars general manager Kevin Greene said he opens the broadcaster position after each season. Sometimes, the most recent broadcaster lands another job, and Greene’s hand is forced. Other times, a new broadcaster rises above the other candidates. Ratick landed in the second category, Greene said.

“He’s a kid with a bright future, and we look forward to having him for a year,” Greene told the Post Register Saturday. “This is nothing more than a stepping stone for this young man.”

Ratick has gained significant baseball broadcasting experience, despite attending the only ACC school without a baseball team. Last summer, he was the play-by-play man for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He served the same role for the Syracuse Jr. Chiefs (New York Collegiate Baseball League) and LeMoyne College.

At Syracuse’s NPR-affiliate radio station, Ratick hosts various sports talks shows, along with postgame shows for the Orange football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams. He also does play-by-play for the women’s basketball team.

In May, Ratick plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism. He’ll join a prestigious list of Syracuse broadcasting alumni that includes Marv Albert, Bob Costas and Mike Tirico (who is replacing Costas as NBC’s prime time host at the Olympics).

Ratick won’t be the first Syracuse alum to call Chukar games, either. Chris Lewis was the team’s director of broadcasting and media relations in 2013 and 2014. Lewis was a senior at Syracuse when Ratick was a freshman, and Ratick reached out to him when he applied to work for the Chukars.

Ratick’s baseball employment options were limited by his May graduation because most minor league baseball teams begin their seasons in April.

Ratick read the book “Getting in the Game” by broadcaster Josh Lewin for a broadcasting class. The book included a chapter about baseball teams hiring broadcasters at the Baseball Winter Meetings. One of the chapter’s main characters was a man named Kevin Greene.

Ratick attended the Winter Meetings but didn’t receive any offers, so he cold-called several short-season baseball teams (the only minor league affiliates that start their seasons after May). He was immediately intrigued by the Chukars partially because they liked him, partially because their general manager was Greene.

“It’s a little coincidental that we read that story in class and I ended up being the one that made it out of the pool for Idaho Falls,” Ratick said. “I think it was meant to be.”

Ratick, who was born and raised in Connecticut, discovered his love for broadcasting around the age of 8. He was 12 when he set his sights on Syracuse. By then, he was watching baseball games with the sound off so he could practice his future craft.

“The only thing I’ve ever wanted to do in my life is broadcast professional baseball,” Ratick said.

He’ll get that chance in four months. The Chukars begin their season on June 19 at Grand Junction.

Chukars split doubleheader with Raptors

Viloria
Viloria

A day that started out so well ended with the Idaho Falls Chukars one loss closer to elimination.

Idaho Falls opened Saturday with a tidy 3-2 win over the Ogden Raptors in the first game of a doubleheader at Lindquist Field. The Chukars got some more good news later in the night when Pioneer League South Division leader Grand Junction fell to Orem.

But the good news didn’t last as Idaho Falls’ bats went silent in a 7-1 loss in the nightcap that pushed the Chukars 4.5 games behind the Rockies with just five games to play. Any combination of I.F. losses and Grand Junction wins equaling two will end the Chukars’ playoff hopes.

In Saturday’s opener, Igol Feliz extended the Chukars’ run of strong starts with an impressive six-inning performance. Feliz (3-3, 5.08 ERA) allowed just five hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out five. Richard Lovelady pitched around two walks in the seventh to earn his fifth save.

And the offense did just enough, getting a run in the second on Joe Dudek’s RBI double to right, and two more in the seventh on RBI singles from Nick Dini and Meibrys Viloria.

The momentum didn’t carry over into Game 2. Ogden grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and led 7-0 after four. That was more than enough for starting pitcher Sven Schuller, who allowed just two hits while striking out three in five shutout innings.

Andres Machado, who has been one of I.F.’s best pitchers this season, allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out five in three innings.

Idaho Falls didn’t score until the seventh and managed just five hits.

Player of the game

Idaho Falls catcher Meibrys Viloria

Viloria was a bright spot Saturday, going a combined 3 for 7 with a run scored and two RBIs. He also hit his 28th double, leaving him two shy of tying the Pioneer League single-season record.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors finish their four-game at 4 p.m. today in Ogden. Jace Vines (1-6, 6.04) is scheduled to start for Idaho Falls. The Chukars then play two games in Orem before closing the regular season with two more against Orem at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday and Thursday.

Raptors rally past the Chukars 3-2

Hernandez
Hernandez

Idaho Falls’ slim chances at making the Pioneer League playoffs took a big hit Friday with a 3-2 loss to the Ogden Raptors in Utah.

The loss, combined with Grand Junction’s 15-inning win over Orem, pushes the Chukars five games behind the Rockies in the South Division second-half standings with just eight games to play. Idaho Falls can be eliminated with any combination of Chukars losses and Grand Junction wins that adds up to three.

Good start, bad finish

Idaho Falls got another good performance from a starting pitcher, but couldn’t make it equal a win. Arnaldo Hernandez was strong in his six innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. But the game was tied when he left the game, and Ogden got to the I.F. bullpen when it counted.

DJ Peters did the damage, smacking a solo homer off Christian Flecha in the bottom of the eighth. Ogden relievers Adalberto Pena and Vinny Santarsiero did the rest, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five over the final three innings to secure the win.

Idaho Falls finished with just five hits, two of them coming from Joe Dudek. Angelo Castellano added a solo homer in the third inning, his second of the season.

Player of the game

Ogden right fielder DJ Peters

On a night of limited offense, Peters was the hero. He stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the eighth in a tie game and belted a no-doubter over the wall in left-center field. That run proved to be the difference.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors play a doubleheader today after Thursday’s game was rained out. Idaho Falls will start Andres Machado (2-3, 3.72) starting Game 1 at 3:05 p.m. and Igol Feliz (2-3, 5.54 ERA) taking the hill in Game 2 to follow.

Chukars washed out in Ogden

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The Idaho Falls Chukars’ chase for a playoff spot was put on hold by rain in Ogden, Utah, on Thursday night.

Idaho Falls won three of four against Ogden this week at Melaleuca Field to cut their deficit on first-place Grand Junction to 3.5 games and three of the second-place Raptors. But rain washed out Thursday’s game, and combined with Grand Junction’s 8-0 win over Orem the Chukars’ deficit is four heading into today’s single game. Idaho Falls has eight games remaining.

Ogden and I.F. will play a doubleheader Saturday (beginning at 1:30 p.m.) and then finish their four-game series Sunday before Idaho Falls heads to Orem for two games against the first-half champion Owlz. Idaho Falls plays its final two regular-season games at home Wednesday and Thursday against Orem.

Any combination of six Idaho Falls losses and Grand Junction wins will eliminate the Chukars from the playoff hunt.