For the second night in a row, Gerard Giustino waited until the eighth inning to dramatically keep his personal hit parade alive. It's now 21 straight games hitting safely. Giustino's only played in 21 games.
But Wednesday night at Derks Field, Giustino's eighth-inning single didn't help win the game, as the one on Tuesday had. It did, however, break up the Pocatello Giants' shutout.Thanks to John Carrico's strong seven innings on the mound and a 4-for-5 hitting performance from Gus Vollmer, the Giants were ahead 8-0 at the time of Giustino's hit and RBI, and they went on to end the Trappers' brief homestand with a 9-2, 16-hit win.
The Giants led 3-0 after four and 8-0 after five innings and got their final run in the ninth.
Because Butte was rained out, the 17-12 Trappers dropped one game behind the Copper Kings in the Pioneer South. Pocatello, 11-16, stands third.
Trapper Manager Barry Moss had harsh words about his team. "They laid down a bit. I didn't like that," he said. "That guy pitched well, but we should have hit him."
"When we get behind, we shouldn't just go through the motions. I'm sorry, I'm not satisfied with getting down eight runs that early."
Moss said the Trappers should have made better plays defensively. "They were not mistakes, but they were plays we should have made," he said.
Of starting pitcher Scott Singelyn, Moss said, "It's time for him to start putting down some hitters and getting into the seventh inning. I'm getting tired of him gassing out in the fourth inning."
While Singelyn was absorbing seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings before giving way to Tony St. John, Pocatello's Carrico was getting stronger, although he said the heat made him tired.
He gave up two hits in the first inning, one in the fourth and one in the seventh. He walked one and struck out five, working on a shutout until being relieved in the eighth by Jose Ruiz, who gave up the runs.
"I knew I wasn't going the distance," said Carrico, now 4-1. He said he'd thrown about 100 pitches by the fifth inning and knew he wouldn't stay much longer.
"I just wanted to keep us there and put goose eggs all the way across the board," Carrico said. "Jose did a good job and closed the door."
For Vollmer, the Traps have been a tonic. All but 11 of his 26 hits have come in the last five games; he's 15 for 21 against Salt Lake. Wednesday, Vollmer had an RBI triple, RBI double, another double and a single.
"I wish we'd play them every night for him," said Manager Darren McCue. "Since we played these guys, he's gotten on fire."
"I've been trying to be aggressive at the plate," Vollmer said.
Giants Shawn May, Craig Cala, Clark Huntey and Matt Harr had two hits each. Harr drove in two runs, as did Vollmer, and 10 of 11 Giant batters had hits.
A lot also had strikeouts as St. John whiffed nine in five innings. That St. John was able to stay in the game, said Moss, was the only positive thing the Trappers did all night because it saved the bullpen.
TRAPPER NOTES - They have signed another pitcher, left-hander John Stuart, a New Yorker who pitched for Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Braves' organization. He was to make today's road trip to Idaho Falls . . . Mike Steinkamp will get his first start Thursday night after arriving Monday.