Diamonds in the Rough 6-21-17

Just three games on the docket, but the Dominican game was suspended in a 1-1 tie.

HR Roll Call Amalani Fukofuka (4), Robby Rinn (2), Jonathan McCray (1)

BPKC Hitter of the Day: Amalani Fukofuka 3-5 3R, 2-2b, HR, 3 RBI

BPKC Pitcher of the Day: Jake Kalish 6 H 3 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 5 K 7-1 GO-FO 61p/42k

Arkansas Travelers 1 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

The Naturals offense was held scoreless despite outhitting Arkansas nine to three, snapping their nine-game road winning streak in the process.

Those nine hits don’t tell the whole story as the Naturals had very few opportunities to actually score, getting a runner in scoring position in the second, sixth and eighth innings while never getting there with fewer than two outs. Each time, the Naturals offense would come up empty.

Starter Jake Kalish would take the tough luck loss despite giving his squad six quality innings. The lefthander allowed just three hits, but the Travelers paired two of them together in the second with a leadoff double and a one-out single to score the only run they would need.

Boxscore Link

Zach Lovvorn 2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 Bb 2 K 1-2 GO-FO 27p/18k
Logan Moon 3-4
Alfredo Escalera 1-4 SB (7)

Idaho Falls Chukars 15 Grand Junction Rockies 5

The Chukars blew open a 5-5 game with 10 runs over the final two innings to earn at least a series split in Grand Junction.

Each team’s starter gave up five runs before hard-throwing righthander Janser Lara settled things down for Idaho Falls. In his first appearance for the Chukars, Lara worked four and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and working around four walks allowed thanks to eight punchouts. Reports had the righty working 92-94 mph while topping out near 95 mph and mixing in his curveball with regularity.

The Idaho Falls offense put six runs on the board in the eighth with three coming on a Robby Rinn three-run home run, his second of the young season for Idaho Falls. The visiting squad would tack on four more runs in the ninth with Rinn figuring in on one run with a rbi single in that inning.

Boxscore Link

Robby Rinn 3-5 HR, 5 RBI
Jon McCray 3-5 3R, HR
Janser Lara 4.2 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 4 Bb 8 K 2-3 GO-FO 80p/50k

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