Chinooks get day off after 5-1 loss

The same two teams that came oh so close last night were at Loretta French Sports Complex tonight, but there was no last inning excitement this time. The Mat-Su Miners’ bats were just as active and their pitching was superior. The visiting team scored two in the top of the second, another in the fourth, one in the sixth and another in the eighth.

Although the Chinooks loaded the bases twice, in both instances all three runners were left there without scoring.

For the home team, there was one hopeful moment. Second baseman Will Bass led off with a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning. His blow went to the fence and he left the plate with every intention of making it to third. He scored when number two batter Patrick Cromwell grounded out to second. A pop-up to third and a strikeout ended the inning and the Fish scoring.

Chinooks starter Grant Page pitched the first six innings, relieved by CJ Lewington in the top of the seventh. Ted Christie, who took the mound as fans sang “Happy Birthday” to the now 21-year-old. He walked on then sat down the visitors.

Miner right-hander James Harrington started and went until the bottom of the seventh. He threw three consecutive one-two-three innings, all on defensive plays behind him. It was the fourth frame before any Fish got aboard, and that on an error when the first baseman dropped a throw just as the runner got there. Harrington was charged with the lone Chugiak-Eagle River run after walking three and striking out but two. Trent Thompson relieved the starter and pitched three innings, tagged for five hits but not allowing anyone to score.

Strong play came from Miner shortstop Tyler Wolfe, with an outstanding play in the eighth robbing Michael Furuto of a hit. The Chinook designated hit- ter hit the ball sharply to the shortstop hole. Playing deep, Wolfe snapped up the ball, whirled 360 degrees and fired a strike to the first baseman for the out. Wolfe also started the only double play of the game, ending the bottom of the fifth and leaving two Fish stranded.

Tonight’s was the last of an eleven-game stretch for the Chinooks. Tomor- row they are off, allowing several of the players a chance to spend some time with visiting family. They travel to Mulcahy Stadium on Friday to play the An- chorage Glacier Pilots, then board the vans for a three-game series with the Na- tional Division leading Peninsula Oilers. From there they come back home for a pair of games at home, hosting the Pilots on Tuesday and the Fairbanks Goldpanners on Wednesday. They have another day off on Thursday before a home-away-home series with the Miners. The July schedule has six off days as compared to only two in June, a fact that bodes well for the Chinooks as they should be much better rested in the second month of the season.