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Chukars beat Rockies 7-6 on an odd walk-off play

Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Angelo Castellano grabs an infield grounder during Thursday’s game against the Grand Junction Rockies at Melaleuca Field. (Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com)
Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Angelo Castellano grabs an infield grounder during Thursday’s game against the Grand Junction Rockies at Melaleuca Field. (Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com)

In one moment, the Idaho Falls Chukars’ rally looked over. A moment later, they were celebrating a walk-off win.

So goes baseball.

Idaho Falls ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-6 win in 10 innings Thursday over the Grand Junction Rockies. The play that gave I.F. the win baffled just about everyone in attendance at Melaleuca Field.

‘A weird walk-off’

Chukars first baseman Colton Frabasilio said the weirdest walk-off play he’s ever seen came between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, a game he attended. In the bottom of the ninth, St. Louis’ Allen Craig tripped over Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks following a wayward throw from Boston catcher Jared Saltalamacchia. Craig was out at the plate, but the umpires ruled that Middlebrooks obstructed Craig’s path home. That meant Craig scored, and the Cardinals went up 2-1 in the series.

Frabasilio played a key role in Thursday’s walk-off, which was almost as odd as the World Series play.

Frabasilio was on second base, Meibrys Viloria was on first and Luke Willis was at the plate with one out in the 10th. Willis hit a two-hopper to Rockies second baseman Jonathan Piron, who tried to start an inning-ending double play. But Jose Gomez could not hold onto Piron’s throw, and Viloria hit Gomez with his right leg as he slid into second base. Viloria’s slide sent Gomez to the ground in pain, and the ball trickled into the outfield. Frabasilio scored easily as a result.

“I just turned around, saw the ball rolling on the ground and that was it,” Frabasilio said. “It was a weird walk-off, for sure.”

Field umpire Forrest Ladd did not make any signal during the play. He and home plate umpire Carter Goodson agreed that Viloria’s slide was not illegal, so Gomez was charged with an error (the ninth of the game) and I.F. earned the win. Gomez walked off the field after spending a few minutes on the ground with a trainer tending to him.

The Chukars suffered two walk-off losses earlier this week. The first was a 6-5 loss at Grand Junction on Monday, when Piron hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th. The second came on Tuesday at Ogden, a 12-11 loss in which the Raptors scored three times in the bottom of the ninth.

Roster move

Left-handed pitcher Sam Selman joined the Chukars late Thursday afternoon to continue his rehab assignment.

Selman made six relief appearances in Double-A Northwest Arkansas this April before hitting the 7-day disabled list in May. He pitched out of the bullpen three times since June 22 for the Arizona League Royals, where he began his rehab assignment.

The 25-year-old made his pro debut with I.F. in 2012. He appeared in 13 games (12 starts), posting a 2.09 ERA with 89 strikeouts and 22 walks. Selman advanced as high as Triple-A Omaha, where he made five relief appearances in 2014.

Player of the game

Chukars designated hitter Ryan Dale

The Aussie went 2 for 4 with his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Alejandro Requena in the fifth inning.

Up next

The Chukars (7-6) and Rockies (6-6) convene again at 7:15 p.m. Friday with a couple of high 2016 draft picks starting on the mound. Fourth-rounder Jace Vines will start for I.F. against fellow righty Riley Pint, the fourth overall pick in the June draft.

Rockies shut down Chukars 4-3

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The Idaho Falls Chukars couldn’t get their offense going and fell to the Grand Junction 4-2 in Pioneer League baseball action Saturday night at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

The loss dropped the Chukars to 5-3 and fell into a three-way tie with the Rockies and Orem Owlz atop the South Division standings.

Out with a wimper

Idaho Falls managed five hits over the first five innings off Grand Junction starter Mike Nikorak, plating two runs in the top of the fourth on Ryan Dale’s first double of the season. But the bats were quiet after that.

The Chukars got two hits and drew two walks against reliever Jan Carlos Lopez in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t score. Idaho Falls had less luck against Kenny Oakley, who didn’t allow a baserunner while striking out four over the final two innings to close it out.

What a relief

The Rockies built a 3-2 lead against Chukars starter Andres Machado, who fell to 0-2 on the season after allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. But the bullpen performed well, with Drew Milligan allowing one earned runs on two hits while striking out four in 2.1 innings, and Brian Bayliss tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while striking out one. Bayliss has pitched two shutout innings this year, allowing just one baserunner.

New arm in I.F.

The Idaho Falls Chukars announced Saturday that right-handed pitcher Jace Vines has been added to the roster. Vines was a fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M in the 2016 draft. He went 6-1 with a 4.76 ERA, striking out 60 in 62.1 innings in his lone season with the Aggies. He pitched 1.2 innings for the Arizona League Royals, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out two.

Vines is the highest draft pick on the Chukars roster.

Player of the game

Chukars designated hitter Yeison Melo

Melo continued his hot hitting to start the season, going 3 for 4 with his second triple of 2016. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of the Dominican Republic is hitting .355 in 35 at bats for the Chukars. He hit .318 for the Arizona League Royals last summer.

Up next

Idaho Falls continues its first road trip of the season today with the third of four game against the Rockies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.