Printed on: July 10, 2013
Brewers bullpen shuts down I.F.
At Helena, Mont., the Idaho Falls Chukars snatched control of Tuesday's game with the Helena Brewers with five runs in the top of the second inning. But the offensive output ended after the second and Helena rallied for a 9-5 victory in the opener of a four-game series.
Left fielder Dominique Taylor cranked a three-run home run, his first professional home run, and third baseman Hunter Dozier extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double in the second inning.
That was it for the Chukars' offense though as Helena relievers Eduard Reyes, Sean Albury and Tanner Poppe combined to limit the Chukars to four hits the rest of the way.
The Chukars (6-13) promptly let Helena (11-8) back into the game in the bottom half of the second inning with four runs.
Chukars starting pitcher Patrick Conroy retired the first two batters he face before surrendering a walk and single.
A groundball to second looked to get him out of the inning, but second baseman Carlos Garcia committed his eighth error of the season to load the bases. And then right fielder Elier Hernandez let a diving fly ball sneak past him for a three-run triple.
Idaho Falls held onto the one-run lead until reliever Julio Rodriguez entered the game in the seventh inning. Rodriguez threw several pitches to the backstop and put runners on second and third before giving way to Zeb Sneed, who surrendered a three-run home run to Taylor Brennan that put Helena ahead for good.
Dozier added another double in the ninth inning, tying him for the league lead with nine on the season. Hernandez and Frank Schwindel both added a pair of singles for Idaho Falls, which faces the Brewers at 7:15 p.m. tonight in Helena for the second game of the series.
Idaho Falls at Helena Brewers 7:15 p.m. today on 980 AM and 105.1 FM