August 2, 2013 - Pioneer League (PL) - Idaho Falls Chukars
Ogden, UT -- Nothing against Melaleuca Field, but the Chukars seem to like it better away from the friendly confines. Idaho Falls won it's ninth road game in the last ten tries with a 7-4 in Ogden.
The streak dates back to July 11th, when the Chukars (20-21, 1-2) won the final two games of the four game series against Helena. The Greybirds followed that up with a three game sweep against Missoula. Last week, Idaho Falls took three of four from first half South champion Grand Junction. Tonight, the Chukars won their first game in Ogden (22-19, 2-1). Idaho Falls was swept in a four game set at Lindquist Field earlier in the season.
The Chukars worked with a lead all night. Three runs came across in the top of the first inning. The second batter in the game, Carlos Garcia, tripled off of J.D. Underwood (0-1). Zane Evans later increased his hit streak to nine games with a double that scored Garcia. Three runs scored in the first.
The top offense in the Pioneer League struggled to get going against Chukars pitching. Starting pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic walked two batters in the first inning to load the bases with one out. The left-hander would go on to strike out the next two hitter he saw. It would begin a trend for the Raptors. Ogden finished just 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Idaho Falls plays the second of six games in a row against the Ogden Raptors tomorrow. It's the last game in Ogden before the series heads to Melaleuca Field. Luke Farrell looks to continue the road success for the Chukars.