Salt Lake 14, Idaho Falls 4
A Trappers date with baseball destiny has been arranged.
Streaking Salt Lake set up a shot at tying professional baseball’s all-time consecutive win record with a 14-4 rout of the reeling Idaho Falls Braves. Matt Huff and Ed Citronnelli crashed two- and three-run homers, and Mike Humphrey scattered nine hits over 6 2/3 innings to lead the Traps to their 26th straight victory – one short of the record held by the 1902 Corsicana Oilers and the 1921 Baltimore Orioles.
After spotting the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Trappers blasted it open in the third with a six-run charge, picked up another pair in the fourth and feasted in the sixth and seventh with six more runs.
Humphrey walked none and struck out three to up his record to a perfect 4-0 on the season. Left-hander Issac Alleyene and righty Niles Creekmore shut the Braves out over the last 2 1/3 innings.
Anthony Blackmon led off the third inning with a walk and moved to second on a grounder to third. Jon Leake got things started in earnest with a two-out, one-run single. Huff then stepped in and sent the first pitch over the left-center wall to give the Trappers a lead they would never relinquish. Idaho Falls pitching collapsed by putting Citronnelli on with a bad throw and then hitting Mike Malinak with a pitch. Frank Colston doubled in a run and Jon Beuder stroked another down the left-field line to drive home two more and give Salt Lake a commanding 6-1 lead.
Citronnelli finished 2-4 with five RBI’s while Huff was 3-5 with three ribbies.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune July 24, 1987