Four unearned runs in the first inning, seven for the game, and an unusually stingy pitching performance over the final six innings carried the Salt Lake Trappers to a 10-5 win Sunday over the Pocatello Giants.
The two teams conclude their seven-straight-games series tonight at 7 o'clock at Halliwell Park. The Trappers are 4-2 against the Giants in the set and 8-6 for the season, 11/2 games behind Butte in the Pioneer League South standings. Pocatello is 5-9.Five Giant errors and 11 walks helped the Trappers, who had only seven hits, two by first baseman Greg Ehmig, who had a triple and a single and two RBI. Left fielder Tommy Boyce also had two RBI, and Kerry Shaw had a double, the only other extra-base hit of the game.
The Trappers' big first inning came with two outs when an error set the stage for an Ehmig RBI single and Shaw's run-producing double. Two wild pitches by Pocatello's Scott Ebert, who also gave up six walks and five Trapper runs in his three innings, scored the other two runs.
Dean Tanner pitched the first four innings and was touched for five runs as the Giants rallied back to tie the game 5-5 in the third, but Trapper mid-distance relief pitching came through, despite its reputation. Terence Glover, normally a starter, was the first reliever and ran his record to 2-0 with one scoreless inning. Ed Ramirez (wo innings), newcomer Lee Carabello (ne) and Michael Gibbons (ne) finished the final four innings totaling no runs and only two hits against.
Following Monday night's game, the Trappers move on to Idaho Falls for two games Tuesday and Wednesday before returning for a five-game homestand against Butte and Idaho Falls starting Thursday.