(Missoula Osprey press release)
IDAHO FALLS — The Missoula Osprey (14-13) failed to score for the first time in 2017, dropping the second game of their four-game tilt in Idaho Falls to the Chukars (12-15) on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 6-0.
While the Osprey complied the same number of hits—nine—as the Chukars, Missoula squandered a handful of opportunities to break into the scoring column. In the process of going just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the Osprey struck out 13 times collectively and left 10 men on base.
At the plate, infielders Keshawn Lynch and Jose Caballero each notched two-hit games. Outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad reached base all four times he batted, singling three times and walking once.
On the mound, starter Franklyn Soriano was tagged with the loss, dropping his record to 1-3 after he pitched five innings in which he surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. The start was one of Soriano’s better outings of the season, but the lack of run support squandered his efforts.
Following Soriano’s exit, relievers Casey Kulina and Cole Bartlett combined to throw the final three innings of the game, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out three.
After Idaho Falls starter Julio Pinto’s exit, the Osprey loaded the bases in both the eighth and the ninth innings, both times failing to score. In the eighth, Andy Yerzy struck out to leave the bases loaded, and in the ninth, Keshawn Lynch grounded into a game-ending double play.
The Osprey return to action on Monday night for the third installment of a four-game series in Idaho Falls.