Designated hitter Travis Tarchione is making the most of his late-season at-bats, but the Salt Lake Trappers slid further down the line Friday night, losing 6-3 to the Pocatello Giants after leading 3-0 in the second inning.

Meanwhile, Southern Division leader Butte moved to 9 1/2 games ahead of Salt Lake with a 6-1 win over Idaho Falls. That, at least, kept the third-place Braves from gaining ground on second-place Salt Lake.It was the Trappers' second straight loss at Pocatello, and they do more time here tonight before returning to Derks Field Sunday afternoon and Monday night for their final homestand of the Pioneer League season.

Tarchione, 3 for 4 on Thursday night, was a perfect 4 for 4 Friday. Shaun Sanderson, getting the start as a catcher, had three hits and drove in all three Trapper runs with a homer in the second.

Pocatello got solo home runs from Craig Cala and Andy Mesa, a triple from Danny Montes and a three-run double from Shawn May. Darren Musselwhite took the pitching victory with a save for John Chiarmonte, while Trapper Tony St. John absorbed the loss, giving up five runs, all earned, in 6 2/3 innings.