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Moustakas helps Chukars clinch Pioneer South09/06/2007 12:40 AM ET
By Ryan McConnell / Special to MLB.com
It didn't take Mike Moustakas long to make an impact with Idaho Falls.
The second overall pick in the 2007 draft drove in four runs to power the visiting Chukars past Casper, 11-5, to clinch the Pioneer League's South Division on Wednesday.
Moustakas ripped a two-RBI single in the fourth inning and lashed a two-run triple in the eighth. It was the 18-year-old shortstop's ninth game for Idaho Falls (22-14) since signing with the Royals hours before the Aug. 15 deadline to ink first-year players.
The two-time Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year is batting .344 with five runs scored and nine RBIs after slugging a California state-record 24 homers in his senior year at Chatsworth High School.
O.D. Gonzalez got the Chukars on the board with an RBI double in the first and added a run-scoring double in the eighth. Clint Robinson slugged a solo homer, his 15th, and Adrian Ortiz went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and ripped a go-ahead single in the second.
Idaho Falls reliever Dane Secott (5-1) notched the win after striking out two in two perfect frames. Starter Chris Chavez gave up two runs on two hits while fanning four in two innings.
Beau Seabury delivered a pair of run-scoring singles and Jeffrey Cunningham and Bo Bowman knocked in a run each for Casper (11-24), which has dropped five straight.
Rockies starter J.T. Zink (0-1) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings.
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