Saturday’s Pioneer League game between the Idaho Falls Chukars and the Missoula Osprey was rained out, giving the Chukars their first night off of the season.
But the extra rest didn’t result in wins the next day.
The rained out game forced a Sunday doubleheader. Missoula won the first game 3-2 and the second 4-1 (each game lasted seven innings) at Allegiance Field to win the series.
After two scoreless innings in game one, the Osprey scored three combined runs in the third and fourth off of starting pitcher Todd Eaton (three earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 5.0 innings pitched) to take a 3-0 lead.
The Chukars answered with two runs in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by designated hitter Nick Dini (1 for 3) and an RBI double by third baseman Ryan Dale (1 for 2).
In the second game, Missoula scored two runs in the first inning on a solo home run from Isan Diaz and a triple from Austin Byler.
Chukars starting pitcher Brandon Thomas settled down after that inning, allowing three total runs (all earned) on five hits and a walk in five innings pitched.
Idaho Falls didn’t score until the top of the seventh inning. The Chukars offense mustered three hits, two by left fielder Roman Collins.
Outfielder Amalani Fukofuka went 1 for 3 with a double in each game to increase his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest in the Pioneer League this season.
Idaho Falls relief pitcher Stephen Milligan gave up one earned run in the second game, ending the bullpen’s 26-inning streak of not allowing an earned run.
Monday’s game between the Chukars and Missoula Osprey was rained out. Both teams will take their scheduled off day today and make up Monday’s game on Wednesday in Idaho Falls as part of a doubleheader, which begins at 5:30 p.m. (each game will last seven innings). Both teams were originally scheduled for a three-game series in Idaho Falls starting Wednesday.