For the second game in as many tries this season, a Salt Lake Trapper star pitcher from 1990 failed to last long, the Idaho Falls Braves again cranked out 14 hits and an infield that was considered suspect proved the doubts correct. The Trappers fell 13-8 Tuesday night at McDermott Field and are now 0-2 to start the Pioneer League season.
They play at Idaho Falls again Wednesday night before moving on to Butte for two and then opening their home schedule Saturday against Idaho Falls.Geno Mirabella, who was second in the Pioneer League in strikeouts last season, struck out just one in the 21/3 innings that he lasted, and he gave up six hits, four runs, three earned.
Mark Stephens gave up another five runs, and the Traps found themselves behind 4-0, 6-1 and 9-6 - each time they got a rally going, Idaho Falls got a better one until the ninth, when Salt Lake made the score respectable with a four-run inning.
Four Trapper errors, all from the infield - two by third baseman Mike Aranzullo and two throwing errors by first baseman Keith Rader - helped the Braves pad their lead, though two Idaho Falls home runs and 14 Braves' hits did much of the damage. Idaho Falls has now had 28 hits in two games against the Traps, who fell 14-12 in the season opener, Willie Ambos taking the loss.
The Trappers also stranded 12 baserunners, 10 in scoring position.
Rick Hertensteiner went 4-for-6 and now has six hits in two games as Trapper leadoff man. Benny Castillo added his third double of the season, and catcher David Rolls hit a home run.