IDAHO FALLS - In the wake of Tuesday's strong offensive effort, the Ogden Raptors went in the opposite direction on Wednesday, suffering a 5-0 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars at Melaleuca Field.
It was Ogden's first shutout loss of the season.
Idaho Falls starter Jake Junis (1-3) earned his first victory of the season, working six solid innings.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander scattered three hits, allowed four walks and struck out seven.
Ogden starter Luis De Paula (1-2) took the loss. The lefty surrendered nine hits and was tagged for five runs, all earned. He gave up two walks and struck out four.
The Raptors (4-4 second half, 24-22 overall) lost for the fourth time in six games.
Wednesday's loss was their third in four games at Idaho Falls (4-4, 23-23).
The Raptors only victory of the series came Tuesday night, when they scored 14 runs on 13 hits.
In addition to a strong showing from Junis, the Chukars got a big night Wednesday from the bottom three hitters in their lineup.
Left fielder Dominique Taylor, catcher Alex Marquez and third baseman Lewis Urena combined to go 6-for-9 with three RBIs and four runs scored.
Taylor, who came into the night batting .309, collected three hits and scored twice.
Marquez went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and two runs scored.
Idaho Falls broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. For good measure the Chukars added two more scores in the fifth.
They scored their five runs on nine hits, all off De Paula.
Ogden reliever Michael Johnson was a bright spot for the team.
He held the Chukars hitless over three innings and recorded six strikeouts, a season high for any member of the Ogden bullpen.
Left fielder Pat Stover went 1-for-4 and raised his batting average to .347.
Starting tonight, the Raptors will visit the Orem Owlz for four games.
Ogden's next home game is Aug. 13 against Great Falls.