Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers allowed six runs in the 10th inning and dropped the opener of a seven-game home stand 7-1 to Idaho Falls Thursday night at Centene Stadium.
With the loss, Great Falls (15-25, 0-2) has dropped seven straight home games. The Voyagers are 4-11 this season against the Pioneer League South Division. The Chukars (18-23, 1-2) halted a four-game losing streak overall and improved to 10-10 on the road. Idaho Falls is now 9-6 against the North Division.
After five scoreless frames to start the game, Idaho Falls plated its first run in the 6th. Matt Morales led off the inning with a double into the left field corner. Morales moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Offerman Collado. A two-out infield single from Travis Jones behind the bag at second drove in Morales.
Great Falls scored the equalizer in the 8th. Craig Dedelow reached with a one-out, line drive single to center. Anthony Villa followed with a walk. Franklin Reyes then singled to right and scored Dedelow for a 1-1 tie.
The Chukars sent 10 men to the plate to start extras in the 10th. Cristhian Vasquez led off with a single to center. Attempting a sacrifice bunt, Matt Morales reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. On the same play, Vasquez raced home with the go-ahead run on a throwing error to the plate and Morales moved all the way to third. Offerman Collado made it 3-1 with an RBI double. With one out, Travis Jones singled home another run. Tyler Straub walked. Chris Hudgins lined out to left for a sacrifice and it was 5-1. Logan Gray capped the inning with a two-run double to the wall in left-center.
On the mound, Geoffrey Bramblett picked up the win in relief for Idaho Falls. Bramblett (3-1) worked four innings and gave up one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Will Kincanon took the loss for Great Falls. Kincanon pitched one-and-a-third and allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits with one walk. Voyagers' starter Kyle Von Ruden posted his fifth consecutive quality start. Von Ruden lasted six and yielded one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
The Chukars outhit the Voyagers 12-to-8. For Idaho Falls, Logan Gray and Travis Jones both went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Freddy Fermin, Tyler Straub, and Cristhian Vasquez all had two hits games as well. For Great Falls, Craig Dedelow collected three hits with a run. Carlos Perez went 2-for-4.
The Voyagers home stand continues with game two of four against Idaho Falls Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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