Chinooks Cannot Hold on to Early Lead, Fall 3-2 to Bucs

Box Score ANCHORAGE – The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks returned to Mulcahy Field Monday night to face the Anchorage Bucs, but a few defensive bounces did not go in favor of the Fish and found the Bucs on the winning end of a 3-2 score.

In yet another one-run affair, it was a pitchers battle throughout the entire ballgame.  Coming off an eight inning winning decision in his last outing, Kyle McDorman had another stellar start for the Chinooks going six strong innings.  However, he would be handed another tough losing decision.  The Bucs sent Brandon Diaz to the hill, but he only lasted three innings.  Joie Dunyon picked up the winning decision as he relieved Diaz for four scoreless innings to act as a bridge to the back end of the Bucs bullpen.

The Bucs brought home single runs in three separate innings off of McDorman.  In the second inning, Grant Palmer drove in the first of his two RBIs on the night.  Working with a first and third situation in the fourth, Dylan Butler swiped second base and the throw down from Chinooks catcher AJ Derr wound up in center field allowing the runner to come home from third.

Palmer drove home the eventual winning run for the Bucs in the sixth inning.  Palmer was given the chance to hit in the inning with a two-out, dropped third strike that allowed the inning to continue and a runner to advance from second to third.

Both runs scored by the ‘Nooks came around in the top of the first inning to give McDorman some early run support before he even took the mound.  Billy Arendt walked to lead off the contest followed by an Altmann single.  Arendt scored on an error by Bucs shortstop Garrett Copeland on a ball batted by Kyle Conkle allowing Altmann to advance to third.  Steve Pollex hit next and scored Altmann on a sacrifice fly.

The Fish would squander scoring chances in the seventh with the tying run in scoring position and one out as well as in the ninth frame.  Arendt and Bret Collins, who replaced an injured Altmann in the sixth inning, each singled with one out and advanced to third on a Conkle ground out.  Pollex then walked to load the bases, but Devon Stewart would strike out Steve Karkenny to earn his second save of the season for the Bucs.

The loss is the third straight for the Chinooks, dropping them to 6-20 overall and a 1-5 record in one-run games.  They will recoup with a day off on Tuesday before seeing divisional-foe Mat-su in a two-game series in Palmer on Wednesday and Thursday.