Voyagers Comeback Stamps Out Losing Streak
Great Falls, MT - The Voyagers exploded for seven runs in a difference-making 5th inning and went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position to defeat Idaho Falls 11-7 in the series opener Thursday night at Centene Stadium.
With a win in the first game back after the all-star break, Great Falls (24-26, 2-10) improved to 17-9 at home this season. The Voyagers are now 10-5 against the South Division. Idaho Falls (26-24, 5-7) has lost two straight. The Chukars fell to 7-8 against North Division opponents.
Idaho Falls raced out to a 6-1 lead through four innings. Two wild pitches in the 1st brought in two runs. A two-run home run by Angel Medina in the 2nd made it 4-0. The Voyagers first run came in the bottom of the 2nd after Amado Nunez tripled to start the frame. Nunez scored on a groundout by Alex Destino. The Chukars plated two more in the 4th as eight men came to the plate. Offerman Collado posted an RBI single, and Nate Eaton had an RBI fielder's choice.
The Voyagers biggest run-scoring inning of the season vaulted them into the lead. Gunnar Troutwine started the bottom of the 5th with a leadoff walk. Travis Moniot singled to right. Jay Estes loaded the bases with a bunt single to third. Romy Gonzalez grounded a ball to second that was booted and allowed two runs to score. Two outs later, Amado Nunez made it a one-run game with a two-RBI single to left. Alex Destino then reached on another fielding error by the second baseman. Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit by a pitch. Troutwine gave Great Falls its first lead of the night at 7-6 with a high drive to the gap in right-center that fell for a two-run single. Moniot made it 8-6 with an RBI base hit lined into center.
Great Falls extended the lead in the 6th with a leadoff home run to left by Romy Gonzalez. It was Gonzalez's fourth dinger of the season. The Voyagers scored two more times in the 8th for an 11-6 cushion. Travis Moniot recorded his second RBI single in the frame.
The Voyagers received solid bullpen work as Jack Maynard posted the win. Maynard (3-1) went two-and-a-third scoreless without allowing a hit. He matched a season-high five strikeouts with one walk. Tyler Gray took the loss. Gray (2-2) worked four innings in relief and allowed six runs (two earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Vince Arobio also pitched two innings in relief for Great Falls and gave up one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts.
At the plate for Great Falls, Travis Moniot finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Amado Nunez collected two hits with two RBIs and two runs. Tyler James had three hits to pace the Chukars.
Great Falls faces Idaho Falls in game two of the four-game series Friday night. First pitch at Centene Stadium is scheduled for 7 o'clock. Gates open at 6 p.m. For 2018 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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