The Idaho Falls Braves, dead last in the Pioneer League Southern Division, have figured out at least one thing - how to beat the Trappers.
Thursday night the Braves handed Salt Lake its worst loss of the season, 14-6. Friday night the Braves topped their previous performance by burying the Trappers 20-8, thanks to a trio of big innings. Salt Lake moves on to play Pocatello today and Sunday.All appeared to be going well for the Trappers going into the bottom of the fourth. Salt Lake had rapped out four singles and produced two runs for a 2-0 lead. But suddenly things went sour for Salt Lake as the Braves ran up five quick runs. Outfielder Keith LeClair started things off with an RBI double. The Braves took the lead for good when Ramces Guerrero drove in a pair of runs. He tried to stretch the hit into a double but was thrown out going to second base. However, the out did little to hold back the scoring. The lead went to 4-2 on a Don Campbell hit to right and another run came home on a wild pitch for a 5-2 lead.
Salt Lake closed the gap to 5-4 in the top of the fifth on a two-run double to right by Kerry Shaw.
The game was put out of reach in the five-run Idaho Falls sixth. Pat Stivers, who homered twice on Thursday, hit a high blooper to right field that dropped between a pair of Salt Lake players scoring two runs. Then the Braves' Marco Paddy singled in another run and the lead moved to 9-4 when an easy popup was dropped. Another run crossed the plate before the inning ended.
The seventh was merely a case of heaping insult upon injury. Idaho Falls rapped out seven hits and scored 10 runs to make the contest a laugher. Guerrero homered to lead off, boosting the lead to 11-4. Don Campbell tripled in another run and Paddy singled in yet another. Then Steve Lopez doubled in Pat Stivers to move the lead to 14-4. Greg Harper doubled in a pair of runs, moving the lead to 16-4. Four more runs crossed the plate before the inning was finished, one of them coming in on a wild pitch.
Salt Lake got a pair of runs when Mando Verdugo reached base on an error in the bottom of the ninth and Rick Hurni doubled off the wall to bring in two more.
Salt Lake returns to Derks Field Monday to kick off a four-day stand against Butte.