Idaho Falls, ID-The Voyagers registered their first shutout victory of the season with a 2-0 series-leveling win over the Idaho Falls Chukars Saturday night at Melaleuca Field.
Great Falls (20-28, 5-5) is now back in sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League North Division following a loss by Billings at Ogden. The Voyagers stopped a two-game slide and are 3-3 against the Chukars this season. Idaho Falls (22-27, 5-6) fell to 9-14 at home and is 13-10 against the North.
Thanks to outstanding mound work, the Voyagers only needed a two-run home run from Franklin Reyes in the 2nd inning to come out on top. The Reyes line-drive homer deep to left-center came with two outs in the inning and followed a one-out single to left by Carlos Perez. It was Reyes' third big fly of the season.
Parker Rigler posted his second straight win for Great Falls. Rigler (4-1) worked five innings and matched his longest outing of the season. The lefty gave up just three hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Julio Pinto took the loss for Idaho Falls despite his longest start of the season. Pinto (3-6) lasted eight innings and yielded two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Will Kincanon struck out two in the 9th for his first save. In relief, Fernando Gallegos pitched three scoreless innings and surrendered only two hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Voyagers outhit the Chukars 6-to-5. Carlos Perez led the way with a three-hit night on two singles and a double. Franklin Reyes finished 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBIs. The contest took just two hours and 14 minutes.
Great Falls closes out its series at Idaho Falls with the rubber match Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4 o'clock. After a four-game series at Ogden next week, the Voyagers return home August 18th to face Helena. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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