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Recap: Chukars-Owlz play late Friday at Melaleuca Field

Chukars’ Reed Rohlman rounds second base in the second inning as the Chukars take on the Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field on Friday, July 27, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

By LUKE O’ROARK | @LukeORoark

Friday’s game between the Idaho Falls Chukars and Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field finished past the Post Register’s deadline, with a 12-10 Owlz lead midway through the eighth inning.

A back-and-forth affair throughout, Friday’s game had six different lead changes, including home runs in the top of the sixth by Tim Millard followed by a two-run homer over the left field scoreboard by Chase Vallot to keep fans engaged late.

The Chukars originally held a four-run lead after the second frame, but that lead quickly vanished after the Owlz tied the game at the top of the third with four runs of their own. Idaho Falls took one more lead with an RBI from Hunter Strong in the bottom of the fifth to Orem shortstop Livan Soto.

That lead was short lived, though, as the Owlz took a three-run lead thanks to Millard’s home run over the center field wall — a lowpoint for the Chukars.

But, in good ol’ Pioneer League fashion, the Chukars responded with a home run of their own when Vallot hit a two-run home run over the video board in the left field.

Strong and Offerman Collado had solid nights at the plate. Strong — including his clutch RBI in the bottom of the fifth — went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as of midway through the eighth. Collado made the most of the No. 2 spot, hitting 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs.

While offense was found often, pitching was not.

Up four runs in the top of the third, the Chukars eventually lost their lead due to poor command from starter Connor Mayes. In 2.2 innings pitched, Mayes allowed six runs (five earned) on five walks. He loaded the bases, and eventually allowed five earned runs on five walks.

Joe Ramirez relieved, working a clean 2.1 innings, but Friday’s game remained a deadlock thanks to two teams that combined for 23 hits as of the Post Register’s deadline.

Jaret Hellinger relieved deep into Friday’s game. He allowed six hits, five runs (four earned) while walking one and striking out two.

The Chukars had the chance to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh after Collado hit a solid double to center-right, but Jesus Antencio was called out on the chest-first slide home for the force out.

The Owlz then took a one-run lead following a Nonie Williams’ RBI-double over the glove of Eaton. Williams went 3 for 4 with three RBIs with two RBIs. Kiki Menendez then line drived to left field to score Millard later in the inning to give the Owlz a two-run lead.

Player(s) of the game

Offerman Collado. The Dominican Republican went 3 for 5 with two doubles Friday. He also hit in two RBIs.


– The Chukars are 10-12 when they commit at least one error. Their first was the top of the first after a fielding error from third baseman Angel Medina.

– The Owlz have been outscored by 114 runs this season — the most in the Pioneer League. They’ve also allowed the most home runs (54).

– Attendance was announced at 3,101, per the organization.


The Chukars return to the road for five games (two at Ogden, three at Orem). The Chukars, who are 10-10 on the road this year, return to Melaleuca Field on Thursday.

Chukars trounce Brewers 18-5

A day after erasing a six-run deficit en route to an eventual win, the Idaho Falls Chukars blew the doors open with a 10-run sixth inning in an 18-5 win over the Helena Brewers in Helena.

The Chukars, who led 6-0 through two innings, outhit the Brewers 20-11 and had nine extra base hits.

Idaho Falls wasted no time, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after three innings thanks to an RBI double by Reed Rohlman, a two RBI double by Chase Vallot, an Offerman Collado two-run home run and a Rohlman RBI single. Vallot hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to extend the advantage to 7-3.

Idaho Falls burst through in a marathon sixth inning, turning five hits, three hit batters, three walks, two errors and a wild pitch into 10 runs. The Brewers made two pitching substitutions during the inning.

The Brewers were held off the scoreboard from the fifth to seventh innings before scoring twice in the eighth inning. Helena recorded two hits and left two on base in the bottom of the ninth.

Vallot had a massive game for Idaho Falls, going 4 for 6 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Collado went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored, Hunter Strong went 3 for 5 with a double and Nathan Eaton went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Connor Mayes took the win on the mound, allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings pitched.

Idaho Falls (19-15) is four games back of Pioneer League South Division leader Ogden (23-11), which defeated Missoula 9-5 on Friday.

The Chukars continue their Montana road trip by beginning a four-game series tonight at Missoula. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Chukars shut out Osprey to end homestand

The Idaho Falls Chukars ended their three-game series with the Missoula Osprey with a shutout win Monday at Melaleuca Field.

The Chukars blanked the Osprey 9-0, outhitting Missoula 18-4 in a game that featured no errors between the teams. The win moves Idaho Falls to 16-14, four games back of Pioneer League South Division leader Ogden (20-10).

Idaho Falls led 2-0 through five innings before piling on six runs in the bottom of the sixth: an RBI single by Andres Martin, a three-run double by Offerman Collado and a two-run home run by Kyle Isbel. It was the first of two home runs and three extra base hits Monday evening for Isbel, who ended the night 4 for 5 and three runs scored.

Reed Rohlman went 4 for 5 with a run scored, Angel Medina went 3 for 4 with a run scored and Collado went 2 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

J.C. Cloney got the win for Idaho Falls to move his record to 6-0 on the season, allowing no runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two in six innings pitched.

The Chukars are off tonight before beginning a seven-game road trip to Montana. They play the first game of a three-game series at Helena on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.


Missoula defeated Idaho Falls for the second time in as many nights, defeating the Chukars 3-1 on Sunday.

The game was tied 1-1 through eight innings before the Osprey scored two runs in the top of the ninth: an RBI double by Zack Shannon and a sacrifice fly by Alex King that scored Zachery Almond.

Reed Rohlman went 2 for 4 with a RBI to lead the Chukars.

Rockies close the door on Chukars late

By LUKE O’ROARK | @LukeORoark

Not many quick, close games happen in the Pioneer League.

Chukars’ Jose Caraballo and Jose Marquez round the bases as the Chukars take on the Ogden Raptors during opening day at Melaleuca Field on Friday, June 15, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@posteegister.com

But a quick, close game is exactly what 2,869 Melaleuca Field attendees got Tuesday night.

The Grand Junction Rockies beat the Chukars 4-2 thanks to a three-run seventh inning and holding the Chukars scoreless in the final five frames.

The only stat most fans need to know after Tuesday: Idaho Falls is 0-5 when trailing after the eighth this season.

And indeed, the Chukars trailed after the Rockies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a two-run lead.

Down 4-2, the Chukars attempted to rally after a Jesus Atencio double in the bottom of the ninth got him to third and Andres Martin reached second after being walked.

But on a 2-2 count, with two outs, Alexander Martinez closed the doors on the hometown bird, striking out Offerman Collado.

Originally up 2-1, a throwing error by Collado, a Reese Berberet home run and a Cristopher Navarro RBI single to third was all Grand Junction need to get back into Tuesday’s game and hand the Chukars their fifth loss of the season.

The Chukars scored first Tuesday, as Tyler James reached home after Kyle Isbel grounded into a double play. The Chukars then scored another run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Nate Eaton ground out that scored first baseman Reed Rohlman.

Domingo Pena (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out four in 4.2 innings. Eris Filpo took the win, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out three in six innings.

Player(s) of the game

Offerman Collado. The shortstop was the Chukars’ most consistent at-bat Tuesday night. He went 3 for 5 at the plate. He did, however, have one throwing error and struck out during the last at-bat of the game.


– Jose Caraballo’s hit streak has reached six games. Jesus Atencio’s hitting streak has now reached five games.

– Rockies’ Cristopher Navarro was hit in the hand in the top of the ninth, but the play was called foul tip. Navarro was eventually walked.

– The Chukars’ offense has been sluggish as of late, scoring just three runs in the previous two games.


The Chukars (7-5) host the Rockies today at Melaleuca Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Chukars’ notebook: Olloque, fast start for Chukars

Chukars’ Nick Hutchins heads to third on a ground hit as the Chukars take on the Ogden Raptors during opening day at Melaleuca Field on Friday, June 15, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@posteegister.com

By LUKE O’ROARK | Loroark@postregister.com

You better get to Melalueca Field quick: some of the Chukars’ best are moving up rather quickly.

After Manny Olloque blasted two home runs against Ogden, he was recently bumped up to Lexington.

At Chukars media day earlier in the month, he mentioned the difficulty of moving up and down and around the country for minor league ball.

“You definitely have to have to have faith that’s for sure,” Olloque said on June 13. “You just gotta trust the process and can’t look to far ahead of that. Just play everyday and try not to worry too much about the other little things. … I got caught up with it this year, you know, but I’ve been staying strong with it and just having fun.”

Despite playing in triple-A Omaha for nine games earlier in the year, Olloque came back down to the rookie-A level, bring some experience and early season offense to Melaleuca Field. Chukars manager Omar Ramirez said Olloque wasn’t going to be held up in triple-A for too long — he was called up as an emergency call, per Ramirez — but it was clear from Chukars’ opening day that Olloque wouldn’t be in Idaho Falls for too long either.

He batted .474 in 19 at-bats, knocking in nine RBIs, two home runs, a triple and two doubles. One of his two home runs was a grand slam.

Chukars’ J.C. Cloney pitches in the third inning as the Chukars take on the Ogden Raptors during opening day at Melaleuca Field on Friday, June 15, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@posteegister.com

“I’ve learned to humble myself,” Olloque said. “I know this game isn’t going to last forever, and I know there’s more to (life) than baseball. Just having a closer relationship with God lets me stuff in different perspective. Just try to be not too high, not too low, just even keel.”

“Manny is a good hitter,” said Ramirez after the Chukars’ opening day win. “Manny has always been a good hitter and he’s going to be a good help for the team.”

Even with Olloque gone, though, the Chukars still have a plethora of solid contact hitters. They’re batting .332 through eight games — the highest in the Pioneer League — as of June 23.

Kansas City Royals’ third-round pick Kyle Isbel has been sharp his first few games with the rookie-A affiliate. He’s batting .500. Offerman Collado, Julio Gonzalez, Nick Hutchins and Andres Martin should be steady hands at the plate this summer.

Collado and Gonzalez, in their second stints in Idaho Falls, are batting .368 and .364, respectively. Hutchins has batted .321 in a team-high 28 at-bats. He is tied for first in doubles (3) alongside Isbel and first baseman Reed Rohlman.

While only suiting up for three games thus far, Martin’s small sample size is promising. He’s gone 5 for 11 and knocked in two RBIs. He’s truck out once and walked once.

In terms of pitching, the Chukars’ have vastly improved from a year ago. A year ago, the Chukars were one of the worst — if not, the worst — pitching club in the Pioneer League. Now, they’re among the top.

Of course, minor league teams change rapidly and it’s early in the season, but the Chukars currently rank one of the better rotations and bullpens in the league.

The team’s ERA is 4.43 (second-best in the Pioneer) with their WHIP at 1.35 (tied for second best).

JC Cloney (2-0) is molding into a reliable ace, giving up just 10 hits and three earned runs in 13 innings pitched. He’s struck out 16 and has a WHIP of 0.77. Domingo Pena (1-0) looked sharp in his one appearance thus far. He holds a 1.80 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP.

Again, it’s early. But the Chukars have solid pieces to be excited about if you follow the Royals’ farming system.

“I think it will be a strong group of pitchers and I think that they’re going to be learning just like everybody else will be learning,” Chukars’ pitching coach Jeff Suppan said prior to the season starting.


Pioneer League North

Helena Brewers (MIL) 4-2

Missoula Osprey (ARI) 3-2

Great Falls Voyagers (CWS) 3-4

Billings Mustangs (CIN) 2-4

Pioneer League South

Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) 6-2

Grand Junction Rockies (COL) 4-4

Ogden Raptors (LAD) 3-5

Orem Owlz (LAA) 3-5

Increasing stock

Kyle Isbel. Since joining the Chukars on June 18, Isbel has proved to be a reliable at-bat for Idaho Falls. In the past five games, the third-round pick has batted 10 for 20 (.500) with seven RBIs, three doubles and seven runs. He’s struck oout twice.

Decreasing stock

Jose Caraballo. Since June 15, Caraballo went 6 for 27 (.222) at the plate including a four-game stretch where the 21-year-old went 0 for 14. His slump could be ending shortly, though, as he’s registered back-t0-back two-hit games at Grand Junction.

Recent transactions (from June 18 to June 23)

– Right-handed pitcher Joe Ramirez assigned to Idaho Falls from DSL Royals2.

– Left-handed pitcher Marcelo Martinez assigned to Idaho Falls from DSL Royals2.

– Catcher Jesus Atencio assigned to Idaho Falls from Burlington Royals.

– Catcher Nathan Easton assigned to Idaho Falls.

– Right-handed pitcher Dillon Drabble assigned to Idaho Falls from Burlington Royals.

– Shortstop Kyle Krasser assigned to Idaho Falls.

– Right-handed pitcher Jon Heasley assigned to Idaho Fals.

– Right-handed pitcher Tyler Gray assigned to Idaho Falls

– Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Bowlan assistned to Idaho Falls Chukars.

– Centerfielder Isaiah Smith assigned to Idaho Falls from AZL Royals.


The Chukars play at Orem until Monday before hosting Grand Junction for a four-game homestand starting Tuesday. First pitch is 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Raptors blast Chukars, 18-1

Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
For Ogden, Thursday night at Melaleuca Field looked similar to Wednesday.
After scoring 17 runs the night before, the Raptors hit three home runs and led the Chukars 11-0 by the top of the fourth. They would go on to register 18 runs on 17 hits to beat the Chukars 18-1 Thursday at Melaleuca.

Chukars infielder Offerman Collado (1) makes it to first base during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

The Chukars fall to 8-10 while the Raptors moved to 10-8. Ogden has outscored Idaho Falls 35-4 the past two games.
Ogden’s offense was hot early and often. The Raptors scored a run in every inning until the seventh inning stretch Thursday.
For Idaho Falls, Thursday was a continuation of one of its early struggles this season: pitching.
After allowing 11 runs on nine hits in five innings, newly acquired lefty Robert Gracia finally put a stop to the Raptors’ streaky offense. He finished with five runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out five batters.
Jake Wakamatsu — usually a position player — finished on the mound for Idaho Falls. He allowed two runs (one of which was earned) on four hits and struck out one batter in 1.1 innings pitched. It was his first time pitching.
Offerman Collado scored the Chukars’ first (and only) run of the game with an RBI-single, scoring Cristhian Vasquez in the fifth frame. The frame ended with a Raptors 6-4-3 double-play while bases were loaded.
Idaho Falls ended the night with eight hits and five errors. Collado led all Chukars by going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Luis Paz hit a 439-foot, 3-run home run before some fans even got to their seats Thursday. From there, the Raptors scored 10 runs from innings two through six. Moises Perez went 4 for 6 with three runs and RBIs, respectively. Nick Yarnall went 2 for 6 and four RBIs. Paz finished 2 for 4 for three RBIs.

What’s important:

A day after surrendering 17 runs, the Chukars surrendered 18 in their fourth loss in five games.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. A day after scoring an RBI, Collado got his second RBI in two days. He scored Cristhian Vasquez in the bottom of the fifth.


Attendance was announced as 2,217.
Vance Vizcaino has now tallied a hit in seven-straight games. Robby Rinn has tallied a hit in six-straight games.
Back-to-back Chukars were hit by an Adalberto Pena pitches during the bottom of the fourth. Vizcaino was hit in right leg on a pitch. Tyler Straub was hit in the shoulder the very next pitch.

Chukars infielder Jonathan McCray unsucessfuly slides to first during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

Three former Chukars are in this year’s MLB All-Star Game: Salvador Perez (2009), Mike Moustakas (11 games in 2007) and Greg Holland (2007).
During the first inning, Offerman Collado accidentally broke third base after sliding into it. The Chukars’ groundkeeper fixed it after a few minutes.
A rabbit was occassionally seen hopping around right field late Thursday night.
After one inning, Ogden’s catcher Garrett Hope tripped and fell on his way back to the Raptors’ bullpen. He was called “safe!” and swung his arms out like an umpire while on the ground.


The Chukars will finish out a four-game home stand against Ogden at Melaleuca Field Friday. First pitch is 7:15 p.m.

Raptors embarrass Chukars, 17-3

Offerman Collado

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Chukars fans shook their heads and began to leave. Some in the press box laughed in disbelief.
Ogden utilized a 10-run inning to beat Idaho Falls, 17-3, Wednesday night at Melaleuca Field. The loss pushes the Chukars to 8-9. Ogden is 9-8.
The Raptors scored so many runs in the top of the fifth, the scoreboard read “0” because there was more than nine runs. Instead, Ogden scored 10 — embarrassing Idaho Falls a day after the Chukars won on July 4.
“Defense, Chukars!” one fan screamed in the top of the eighth.
“A little late for that,” another fan responded.
Despite Idaho Falls adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, it was too late.
The Raptors had pulled away after Nick Yarnall hit a two-RBI double off a Julio Pinto (1-3) pitch to start the fifth frame. Manager Justin Gemoll pulled Pinto right after. Pinto allowed six hits, six runs and a home run in four innings pitched. He struck out eight batters.
It only got worse for Idaho Falls. Randy Acevedo surrendered six runs and six hits in 0.2 innings pitched. Ogden added eight more runs to go up 12-1. The Raptors sent 14 batters go to the plate in the top of the fifth.
Before the fifth inning, though, Wednesday’s game was relatively close.
Ogden scored first — hitting its 26th home run of the 2017 campaign (which also leads the Pioneer League) off a Pinto pitch.
Chukars’ leadoff hitter Offerman Collado answered in the third with an RBI-single.
In the third, the Raptors took a 2-1 lead. Of course, they tacked on 10 more runs in the fifth.

What’s important:

Things just didn’t go the Chukars’ way Wednesday. The Raptors’ 10 runs in the top of the fifth doomed the Chukars before 9:30 p.m.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. The leadoff hitter brought a rare cheer Wednesday when he drove in a run during the bottom of the second. He finished 1 for 4 and an RBI.


  • Ogden’s 19 hits was the second-most Idaho Falls allowed this season. They previously allowed 23 hits against Grand Junction on June 20.
  • The Raptors lead the Pioneer League with 26 home runs. Their 26th came off a Julio Pinto pitch in the first inning.
  • Tyler Straub suffered a possible hand injuy while sliding back to first base during a pick off in the second inning. Idaho Falls’ trainers then evaluated him at first. Straub remained in the game.
  • Wednesday’s attendance was announced at 2,553.
  • The Chukars have not won back-to-back games since June 28 and 29 (6-4 against Grand Junction, then a 9-7 wins at Orem).

Up next:

The Chukars return to Melaleuca Field to play the Raptors amidst a four-game home stand. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Correction: a previous version of this story state pitching coach Jeff Suppan pulled Julio Pinto during the fifth inning. It was actually manager Justin Gemoll. The story has been updated for accuracy.