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Ex-Chukar updates, July 22

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez (1999-2000 Padre) has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners.

The New York Mets released Perez, 30, prior to the 2011 season with $12 million still left on his contract, and he spent the entire 2011 season in Double-A with the Washington Nationals. But the Mariners picked him up prior to the 2012 season, and after starting the year in AAA, they called up him to the big leagues in June.

Since then, he has appeared 12 times out of the bullpen and owns a 3.18 ERA. In 11 1/3 innings, he struck out 11 and walked four.

Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) made up for his pitching staff blowing a pair of leads Wednesday when he cranked a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7.

The ball traveled an estimated 395 feet into the left-center field seats.

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Brooks pitches I.F. past Ogden

Aaron Brooks added to his successful season while Chris Elder and Tyler Chism belted home runs, and the Idaho Falls Chukars took down the Ogden Raptors 6-2 on Saturday in front of 4,663 fans in Utah.

Brooks improved to 6-1 and lowered his earned-run average to 3.36 with another strong performance. The big right-hander allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out eight in six innings. Jonathon Dooley gave up a run but got the final nine outs to earn the save.

Elder and Chism sparked the offense, each hitting their ninth home runs of the season.

The Chukars trailed 1-0 entering the sixth, but Elder changed that with a leadoff home run. I.F. tacked on four runs in the inning, the big hit coming on Henry Moreno’s two-run double that plated Luis Piterson and Daniel Mateo.

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Playoff hopes ended in final home game

The Boys of Summer bid farewell to Melaleuca Field on Friday night as the Idaho Falls Chukars closed the home season with a 7-5 loss to the Orem Owlz.

The loss drops Idaho Falls to 14-18 in the second half and eliminates the Chukars from postseason contention.

Playing in front of a season-high 4,101 fans in the home finale, Idaho Falls gave locals reason to cheer with a pair of early runs.

The Chukars got things going in the bottom of the first with an RBI triple by Michael Antonio followed by an RBI double by Dean Espy.

Orem opened a 5-2 lead of its own with four runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by an RBI triple off the bat of Kaleb Cowart.

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Newcomers help Chukars avoid elimination

The Idaho Falls Chukars scored five runs in four innings to come from behind, avoid playoff elimination and defeat the Pioneer League South Division leading Orem Owlz 5-2 Wednesday before 1,598 fans at Melaleuca Field.

Frazier Hall scored on an RBI single by Trevor Hairgrove in the second inning to put the Owlz (41-27, 19-11 second half) ahead 1-0, a lead they would maintain for three innings. Cameron Gallagher, one of two Chukars newcomers, put Idaho Falls (30-38, 13-17 second half) on the scoreboard in the fifth inning with a solo home run to deep left field. It was Gallagher’s first Pioneer League home run in his second game with Idaho Falls.

“Last night’s game, I don’t know if he was nervous, but he swung the bat well (tonight),” Chukars manager Buck Buchanan said of Gallagher.

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Chukars rally for late win

The Idaho Falls Chukars fell behind early in what began as a fast-paced, defensive contest. But three runs in the seventh inning and four runs in the ninth inning allowed the Chukars to secure a 7-1 win Saturday over the Great Falls Voyagers before 1,584 fans.

Joe De Pinto led off the bottom of the first for the Voyagers (33-32 overall, 16-11 second half) with a solo homerun. Five scoreless innings followed before Idaho Falls’ Mark Threlkeld scored on a Runey Davis double, Davis scored on an error by Joe De Pinto and Justin Fradejas scored on an RBI double by Tyler Chism to give the Chukars (29-36, 12-15 second half) a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning.

A scoreless eighth inning preceded a powerful ninth inning effort for the Chukars as Nick DelGuidice, Chism and Luis Piterson scored on Dean Espy’s three-run double. Henry Moreno followed with an RBI single to score Espy.

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Chukars lose heartbreaker to Voyagers

The Idaho Falls Chukars had an answer for the Great Falls Voyagers through the first six innings Thursday.

The Voyagers had the last word with a seventh-inning rally and a tie-breaking double to earn a 5-4, come-from-behind win in the first of a four-game series before 1,710 fans in Great Falls, Mont.

Dean Espy, Nick DelGuidice, Justin Fradejas and Darian Sandford scored for the Chukars (27-36, 10-15 second half) in the first two innings to give Idaho Falls a 4-1 lead.

The pitchers took over from there. Chukars starter Aaron Brooks held the Voyagers (33-30, 16-9 second half) to one run and one walk and struck out two in six innings.

“He did a great job,” Chukars manager Buck Buchanan said. “It’s the best he’s pitched all year.”

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Billings overcomes early deficit to defeat I.F.

A big first inning wasn’t enough to carry the Idaho Falls Chukars to victory Wednesday night.

The Chukars scored five runs in the first inning but were unable to hold off the Billings Mustangs, dropping the final contest of a three-game series 13-9 before 1,988 fans.

Dean Espy, Daniel Mateo, Henry Moreno, Mark Threlkeld and Edul Escobar scored for the Chukars (27-35, 10-14 second half) in the first inning before the Mustangs (34-28, 14-10 second half) replaced starting pitcher Kyle McMyne with Jason Braun with two outs.

That seemed to change the momentum. The Mustangs proceeded to score at least one run in every inning except the fifth, sixth and ninth, including six runs on four hits in the third inning alone to surge to a 9-6 lead.

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Billings snaps I.F.’s three-game win streak

The Idaho Falls Chukars’ chase for a playoff spot hit a speed bump Wednesday night.

The Chukars outhit and outpitched the Billings Mustangs, but sloppy defense and a lack of timely hitting cost Idaho Falls in a 6-3 loss in front of 1,797 fans at Melaleuca Field.

The Chukars were coming off a three-game winning streak and had climbed to within three games of Pioneer League South Division leaders Orem and Casper. The loss dropped the Chukars to 7-10 in the second half, but they got some help Wednesday when Casper (10-7) and Orem both lost.

Wednesday was a game of missed opportunities for the Chukars. Billings built a 3-0 lead after two innings, scoring two unearned runs in the second when I.F. second baseman Luis Piterson booted what would have been the final out. Spencer Dickinson followed with an RBI double.

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I.F. wins 3rd straight, 5th in last 7

The Idaho Falls Chukars made it two straight over the Billings Mustangs on Tuesday, cruising to a 5-1 win before 2,226 fans at Melaleuca Field.

The victory extends Idaho Falls’ winning streak to three and puts the Chukars three games behind Orem and Casper, who are tied for first in the Pioneer League South Division.

Bryson Smith homered on the Mustangs’ first at-bat of the game, but that was all Billings (28-26, 8-8 second half) could muster off a trio of Chukars pitchers.

The Chukars (24-30, 7-9 second half) rallied in the second inning, scoring three runs — one on a wild pitch and one on a fielding error — to take the lead for good. I.F. extended its lead to 5-1 on solo home runs by Chris Elder and Henry Moreno in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

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Chukars pound Mustangs

The Idaho Falls Chukars made the Billings Mustangs pay for every mistake they made Monday night.

The Chukars took advantage of six Mustangs’ errors and turned four double plays to earn a 13-2 win in front of 3,510 fans at Melaleuca Field.

Idaho Falls kicked off a week-long homestand against Billings and Great Falls with a bang, thanks in large part to the Mustangs’ sloppy play.

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