Two three-run homers, two triples, a 4-for-5, four-run night by the No. 2 hitter (Kelly Zane) and a pretty good pitching performance that carried into the seventh inning.
In the past, those things would have carried the Trappers to an easy win at home in Derks Field when the crowd is 9,861 with hundreds turned away at the gate with refunds or tickets for tonight's rematch.In the past.
Instead, on Friday night with the Trappers leading 10-5 to start the seventh inning, the Trappers made what looked like a good pitching change that turned to absolute disaster, and the Idaho Falls Braves put across six runs in the inning to come away with an 11-10 victory over the Salt Lakers, who lost for the first time at home.
It was the Trappers' second loss of the season against three wins. Idaho Falls is 2-3.
With Terence Glover passing the test on the mound but not overpowering anybody, the No. 9 hitter in the Idaho Falls order, LaMar Hall, came up hitless but reached base on an error by third baseman Tim McKercher.
Trapper Manager Barry Moss lifted Glover for reliever Sean Johnson, who'd pitched 31/3 scoreless, hitless innings at Butte Tuesday.
Johnson was whacked for a single by Daryl Blanks and a three-run homer by Pat Stivers. Gary Schoonover, ex of BYU, followed with a double, and Marco Paddy doubled behind him for one run.
Johnson suddenly had four hits - a single, homer and two doubles - against him.
"It wasn't a mistake," said Moss of his pitching change. "Glover had given us everything he could and was long overdue to come out. He'd thrown over 100 pitches, and we wanted him to throw 80 or 90 at the most.
"Johnson just didn't have it," Moss said.
Michael Gibbons came in to relieve Johnson, but a sacrifice bunt and spinning hit into left by Keith LeClair tied the game, and LeClair scored after a two-base throwing error by Greg Ehmig and a sacrifice fly by Jones to put Idaho Falls ahead for the first time in this series at 11-10.
Another local product, James Kortwright, out of Layton, Kearns High and Snow College, came on to shut the Trappers down - hold them hitless for two innings and scoreless the final three.
Kortwright finished with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. Schoonover was 3 for 5 with a double, a run scored and one batted in to help out a varied Braves' attack. Steve Lopez also had three hits, LeClair two and seven Braves had RBI.
"Tonight was a perfect example of what we had to have and didn't get," said Moss. "They get the first guy on on a tough break," he added, noting that Glover might have finished the seventh if it hadn't been for that man on. "Glover fought his way through. He's not in good shape yet, but this will help him. He got it going, which is why I let him start the seventh."
Both teams had 14 hits, but the Trappers had four errors to the Braves' two. Idaho Falls also turned three double plays for the second night in a row.
"We had a couple of poor defensive plays that we won't have consistently and didn't put it together," Moss said.
Idaho Falls struck for four runs in the first inning as Blanks doubled as the leadoff man and two walks and three singles made things rocky for Glover. But Ehmig hit his second straight first-inning three-run homer to make it 4-3 for the Falls.
Glover began throwing outs, and Chris Sloniger opened the Trapper second with a double and scored on McKercher's hit. After two were out on a double play, Jeff Allison started another rally with a triple followed by RBI singles from Zane and Shaw to put Salt Lake up 6-4. A Zane triple in the fourth helped the Traps go up 7-4.
A walk and two-base error put Blanks home in the fifth to make it 7-5, but the Trappers answered big in the sixth when Zane singled and made third on a stolen base and groundout. That prompted Idaho Falls to walk the hard-hitting Ehmig to get to catcher Mando Verdugo, who's had a slow start. Verdugo smacked a three-run homer for the 10-5 lead.