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Idaho Falls righty Silva throws complete-game 2-hitter to blank Ogden Raptors

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 9, 2023

ISAAC FISHER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

A view of the Lindquist Field grandstand behind home plate on May 27, 2023, in Ogden.

OGDEN -- It seems the Ogden Raptors and Idaho Falls Chukars are trading whose starter pitches well and whose doesn't each day in this series.

A day after Jake Mulholland threw well and three days after Mitchell Stone and company nearly threw a no-hitter for Ogden, it was Idaho Falls starter Daniel Silva leaving hitters flummoxed Friday night at Lindquist Field.

Silva was sensational, tossing a complete-game two-hitter in 101 pitches and the Chukars cruised to a 7-0 win thanks to one big inning at the plate.

Raptors (9-7) designated hitter Logan Williams hit a two-out double in the first inning and was left there when Silva struck out Juan Teixeira to end the frame.

Ogden didn't get another hit until third baseman Rafael Narea singled to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning -- 6 1/3 innings between hits for Silva, a run that included retiring 10 straight batters from the fourth to the seventh innings.

Silva struck out six and walked two. Well-hit balls or not, every Ogden ball put in play was right at fielders, hardly requiring more than the routine to retire batters.

Silva made quick work of it, needing only nine pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, with shortstop Brandon Bohning cleaning up two grounders, to end the game in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Idaho Falls (7-9) had no trouble seeing the ball against Ogden starter Ronny Orta. After some well-hit outs in the first inning, first baseman Chris Monroe got things going in the second with a single off the left-field wall. After a hit and a walk loaded the bases, Jordan Myrow singled to left field, scoring the first two runs of the game.

Tyler Halsema singled in Zach May for a 3-0 tally before Bryce Brown rocketed a liner up the middle careening off Orta. Orta left the game injured.

Ed Baram threw well for 5 1/3 innings but couldn't get out of Orta's jam first, walking a batter and then surrendering a bases-clearing double to CJ Dunn for a 6-0 score.

Baram tossed five scoreless frames after getting out of the second, allowing just two more hits and striking out five.

The Chukars scored one more on a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Raptors reliever Marshall Shill.

The two teams finish the series with games at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy of Ascent Credit Union, fans can pick up free tickets at the ticket office for either game.

FRIDAY SCORES

Idaho Falls 7, Ogden 0

Grand Junction 22, Northern Colorado 20

Boise 19, Rocky Mountain 6

Billings 7, Glacier 6

Missoula 16, Great Falls 5

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through June 9

NORTH DIVISION

Glacier 10-4

Missoula 11-5

Idaho Falls 7-9

Great Falls 5-9

Billings 4-12

SOUTH DIVISION

Northern Colorado 10-5

Boise 10-6

Ogden 9-7

Grand Junction 7-9

Rocky Mountain 4-11

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