Raptors take another from Chukars

A fast start didn’t add up to a win for the Idaho Falls Chukars on Wednesday night.

Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run home run in the first inning, but the Chukars quickly gave the lead back and fell 10-5 to the Ogden Raptors in front of 5,068 fans at Lindquist Field on Wednesday night.

O’Hearn’s homer, his second of the season, was one of the few highlights for Idaho Falls.

Ogden, which snapped a seven-game losing streak Tuesday, tied the game in

the bottom of the first on Justin Chigbogu’s home run, scored four runs in the second and one in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. The Raptors broke it open in the seventh with three runs, highlighted by Julian Leon’s two-run blast to left.

The top four hitters in the Raptors lineup did most of the damage, going a combined 7 of 17 with two home runs, six runs scored and eight driven in.

Idaho Falls starter Bryan Brickhouse, dominant in a 9-0 win over Grand Junction last week, got just three outs against Ogden. He struggled in the first, allowing four hits and a walk, and was even worse in the second. He started the inning by hitting Hunter Redman, then allowed three straight hits around a passed ball and a wild pitch. In the end he was touched for six runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks. He didn’t have a strikeout.

Cruz Guevara was solid in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three in four innings.

O’Hearn and Robert Pehl carried the Chukars offense. O’Hearn was 2 for 5 with the home run, two runs scored and two RBIs to bump his season average to .383. Pehl went 3 for 5 with a double to push his average to .347.

The Chukars stranded at least one runner on base in every inning, leaving a total of nine men on base. They pushed two runs across in the ninth with RBI hits from DonAndre Clark and Luis Valenzuela.

The teams head to Idaho Falls today to begin a four-game series at 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field. Torey Deshazier (1-0, 0.84 ERA) will start for the Chukars. Friday’s Fourth of the July game will start at 6 p.m.