Idaho Falls (31-28, 11-10) didn’t get their first run until Mike Hill singled with two outs in the fifth inning. Carlos Hernandez (4-4) proved to be a destructive force, striking out five batters in 6.2 innings, while blanking the Chukars in the run column. No Chukars player even reached second base, until Corey Toups homered in the ninth inning with the game out of reach.
Zach Lovvorn (2-4) wasn’t much worse than Hernandez, but did allow a Missoula (28-32, 11-11) run the first. After walking Sergio Alcantara, Trevor Mitsui singled him in from third base. Lovvorn settled in to pitch into the sixth inning, allowing just that lone run.
The Osprey broke the contest open in the seventh frame. Bennie Robinson reached on an error, and scored on an Alcantara single. Mariel Checo allowed a three run home run to Fernary Ozuna to break it open at a 5-0 margin.
The Chukars finish the road trip with a 4-3 record, while splitting the four game series with the Osprey. Idaho Falls does take the season series against Missoula, winning four of the seven games.
The Chukars open a four game series at home against the Grand Junction Rockies Tuesday. Grand Junction has a three game lead over Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League South Second Half. Michael Jeffreys is slated to start for the Greybirds.
From Idaho Falls Chukars Media Relations
Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
James Hanlon, CNN