Salt Lake 14 – Idaho Falls 12
The Trappers pitching staff is a thin and tattered bunch these days. Manager Jim Gilligan’s only real request is that they keep the Traps in the ballgame until the Salt Lake Lumber arrives. Six Trapper hurlers did just that, holding off Idaho Falls14-12 in a 3 ½ hour slugfest. Gilligan hadn’t planned on pitching by committee but starter Koichi Ikeue fifth-inning muscle pull and reluctance to wear out reliever Tim Peters forced him to improvise. Before the game was over, designated hitter Adam Casillas was unveiled for an inning, along with lefty Issac Alleyene and Tim Collins, a big right hander who was activated this weekend. Kurt Savage, normally a starter, was the closer. Salt Lake pitching yielded 11 hits and 9 walks, but it was good enough for the win.
Salt Lake blew the contest open with a five run seventh inning, but Idaho Falls closed the gap with a four run eighth cutting the deficit to 11-8. Salt Lake retook control in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI double by Steve Scott, and right fielder Ed Citronelli’s monster two run homer to left to make it 14-8. “He’s as strong as a garlic milkshake,” said Gilligan of Citronelli. “He’s got muscles in his hair.” Idaho Falls picked up four more runs in the ninth before Salt Lake closed them out.