The Missoula Osprey began their three-game series with the Idaho Falls Chukars by handing them their second shutout loss of the season.
Missoula pitchers Marcos Tineo and Jacob Stevens combined to throw a two-hitter as the Osprey dealt the Chukars a 12-2 loss Saturday at Melaleuca Field. The first meeting between the teams this season, Tineo threw 38 pitches for strikes (out of 55) and Stevens threw 22 for strikes (out of 40).
The loss puts Idaho Falls (16-12) two games back of Pioneer League South Division leading Ogden (18-10) as of 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Ogden was leading Helena 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning in Ogden at that time.
The Osprey outhit the Chukars 18-2, building a 7-0 lead through five innings. Missoula broke open the game with a five-run second inning: an RBI double by David Sanchez, a two-RBI single by Jesus Marriaga and a two-run home run by Cesar Garcia. Two other Osprey got extra base hits Saturday.
Outfielders Tyler James (1 for 4 with a double) and Jose Caraballo (1 for 3 with a double) were the lone Chukars to record hits. Jonathan Bowlan took the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs (all earned) on 10 hits while walking none and striking out two in five innings pitched.
Game two of the three-game series is this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.