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DIFFERENT OPPONENT, SAME RESULT AS TRAPPERS LOSE 5TH STRAIGHT AT DERKS

A five-run inning by the visitors broke a tie game wide open and . . . .

Sound familiar? Yes, it happened for a second straight night at Derks Field.This time, it was the Medicine Hat Blue Jays, not the Great Falls Dodgers, but the outcome was about the same, although it took an extra inning with 9,079 watching.

The Blue Jays, now winners of four straight after a 10-game losing streak to start the season, sent the Salt Lake Trappers to their fifth straight defeat Saturday night, 9-4.

The Jays had 16 hits, seven in the 10th when they scored five times. They also made six errors, all in the first five innings, but relievers Travis Burley and Tom Hotchkiss held Salt Lake hitless through the second half of the game.

The Trappers had only four hits for the night, but they stranded 12 baserunners.

They resume the series today at 1:30 p.m. at Derks Field.

"We didn't hit the ball. Their pitchers did a good job," said Trapper outfielder Mike Moberg, who had three of the four hits but wasn't satisfied because they included an infield hit and a couple of bloops.

"We're just trying too hard," Moberg analyzed.

The Trappers dropped to 8-9 for the season, the first time they've been below .500, and they're now three games out of first in the Pioneer South.

"We're just real happy. It's nice to be winning," said Jay second baseman Mark Choate, normally a slick fielder who made three quick errors but made up for it with four hits including the one that forced the extra inning.

"One game, it kind of all came together," Choate said.

"We shouldn't have lost 10 in a row," said Hat Manager Garth Iorg. "We played much better." The Jays led in the fifth, sixth or seventh inning of most of those losses.

Kind of like the Trappers have been doing of late.

This one started a little bit like the preceding series with the Dodgers, the Trappers kicking out to a first-inning lead with two hits and three errors by their opponent. That made it 3-0.

Medicine Hat got one in the third, but the Trappers got it back in the fourth when John Urcioli walked, was singled to second and grounded to third, then wild-pitched home.

That was the last time the Trappers hit or scored the whole night.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays, like the Dodgers before them, kept at it.

Two runs in the sixth made it 4-3, and one in the seventh tied it.

Keith Hines, the No. 9 hitter in the Blue Jay lineup as the DH, grounded weakly toward Tom Duffin at third. Duffin charged and barehanded the ball halfway to home, but his throw to first was hurried and missed the mark, putting Hines on second.

It was the only error the error-prone Trappers made, and it cost them the game. With two out, Choate doubled to left to score Hines.

Even without any hits, the Trappers managed to threaten in the fifth, eighth and 10th getting runners to third twice and to second in the ninth.

In the fifth, Jim Doyle reached on an error, stole second and was wild-pitched to third, with Brian Kelly making it to second behind him, but a strikeout and groundout ended that idea.

In the eighth, Kenny Briggs walked and was bunted to second and balked to third, but it was a strikeout and fly out that did the Traps in this time.

In the 10th, walks to Doyle and Urcioli were sandwiched around two outs, and a groundout to second finished the loss.