Game Recap provided by Lee Jordan for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks
Tonight was a good night for fishing, but unfortunately for Chinooks fans it was the Anchorage Bucs who filled their nets. The pirates scored three times in the first, twice in the second, once in the fourth and a blast over the left field fence in the seventh made it seven-zip.
Misfortune continued to plague the team as the two starters unable to play in last night’s 14-inning marathon were again absent from the lineup. Making it even worse, centerfielder Collin Radack was injured twice in the top of the fourth when he was hit on the hand. The first owie was when the umpire ruled it a foul ball and denied him first base on a freebie. The second was even worse–it took him out of the game.
The long game last night also took its toll on Chinooks pitchers, five of whom were employed in the marathon.
Caleb Dirks started tonight’s game and was charged with the loss. He was also charged with a balk in each of the first two innings over an infraction which only the home plate man in blue was able to see. After a consultation from head coach Jon Groth and Chinooks pitching coach Chris Beck, both of whom played pro ball– Beck on the mound–no further such opinions were issued.
Dirks was tagged for seven hits and was plagued by four walks while a couple of errors behind him added salt to the wound. A highlight of tonight’s game came when Bucs catcher Michael Strentz blasted one over the right field fence–the first homer seen by either side in a Chinooks game so far this season.
Chinooks fans long for one of their players to get a four-bagger. Not only does it provide some excitement, but one lucky fan in attendance will receive a certificate for a free dinner at Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant in Eagle River or Wasilla.
Tomorrow night the fish return to Mulcahy Stadium for a repeat engagement with the Glacier Pilots at 7 p.m . That game will mark the midway point in a grueling nine-game stretch that includes five away games and only four at Loretta French. There will be time for much-needed rest next week with days off on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. They then face a ten-game string the first week of July with four games at Kenai, three at Fairbanks and only three at home. Luckily for local fans, there will be seven home games to close out the regular season.
Cover Photo courtesy of Al Clemens