Idaho Falls, ID -- On a night that first round draft pick Hunter Dozier returned to Idaho Falls and went 4 for 5 with three runs driven in, he wasn't the headline story. Yender Caramo pitches a no hitter for eight innings, and gives way to the bullpen that allows six runs. The Chukars still hold on for the 10-7 win.
The Chukars (37-31, 18-12) had another solid outing by Yender Caramo (5-3). But, the right-hander did allow a run in the first inning. Cesar Galvez began the game with a walk, then stole second base. After being sent to third on a ground ball out, he scored on a Raimel Tapia sac-fly. After that, Caramo didn't allow anything. From the second through the eighth inning, the Venezuelan faced the minimum. He didn't allow a hit through that span.
Austin Fairchild came in to pitch the ninth, and allowed a leadoff walk. After a strikeout and an error by Carlos Garcia, a Chukars pitcher finally allowed a hit. Raimel Tapia doubled to deep right center field. Once the Rockies (29-39) got in the hit column, they didn't want to stop. Two more runs scoring doubles were produced, and the lead was cut to 10-7. Jon Fitzsimmons replaced Fairchild and got the final two outs.
Hunter Dozier wasted no time showing what the team was missing. The infielder spent the first two and a half months with Idaho Falls, before being called up to Low-A Lexington on August 12th. After missing three weeks, Dozier still leads the Pioneer League in doubles. His first at bat was a run scoring single, his next was a run scoring double. The first round pick tallied four hits, had three runs scored and driven in.
The team opens a four game series at the Orem Owlz tomorrow. The Chukars have a two and a half game lead over the Owlz in the South with just eight left in the season.
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