The Idaho Falls Chukars couldn’t extend their winning streak to three games, and in the process helped Ogden break a streak of its own.
The slumping Raptors scored two runs in the fifth to take a lead and added two insurance runs in the seventh to pull out a 4-1 win over the Chukars in front of 2,471 fans at Lindquist field in Ogden, Utah, putting an end to their seven-game losing streak.
Things were looking good early for the Chukars, who plated a run in the fourth when Mike Hill doubled to drive in Parker Morin. But that was all the offense the Chukars could muster.
Idaho Falls starter Javier Reynoso was solid, striking out eight over the first four innings. Reynoso struck out Theo Alexander to start the fifth before Ogden finally broke through. Yensys Capellan singled to right, Kelvin Ramos followed with a single to center and Joe Meggs walked. Shane Halley replaced Reynoso and got Jaylen Harris to ground into a forceout, which scored Capellan. Halley then uncorked a wild pitch that scored Ramos, making it 2-1 Raptors.
In the seventh, Ogden scored two runs on Julian Leon’s pop single to second.
The Raptors’ bullpen, which had struggled this season, finished things off. Trevor Oaks pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts while Albert Vanegas got his first save by striking out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth.
The Chukars stranded runners at third base in each of the first two innings and struck out a season-high 13 times.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series in Ogden tonight before returning to Idaho Falls to start a four-game series Thursday at Melaleuca Field.
CHUKAR CHATTER: The Royals released former Ohio State University defensive back Devon Torrence last week. … Alexis Rivera, who was in his second season with the Chukars, was promoted to Lexington. … For the fifth consecutive year, Minor League Baseball teams raise money this weekend by wearing specially designed “Stars &Stripes” caps from New Era Cap Company. A total of 113 teams will wear the specialty caps, including the Chukars, as part of fundraising and awareness initiatives for Welcome Back Veterans, an organization dedicated to addressing the ongoing needs of military personnel and their families.