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Idaho Falls gets torched by an Angel

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PROVO — You've no doubt heard of being touched by an Angel. Well, the Idaho Padres know how it feels to be torched by an Angel.

As a wildfire raged on "Y" Mountain, which serves as a backdrop to Larry H. Miller Field, Provo Angel third baseman Dallas McPherson and his red-hot bat burned Padre pitching and propelled Provo to a Idaho Falls 8-4 victory Saturday night.

With the win, the Angels completed a five-game sweep of the Padres.

McPherson, who entered Saturday's contest leading the Pioneer League in batting with a .412 average, extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a solo home run in the first inning. In the fifth, McPherson inflicted more damage by doubling and scoring to highlight a three-run inning that broke the game open.

Truth is, McPherson lit up Idaho Falls pitchers all week long. For the series, the The Citadel product collected 11 hits, including three home runs, three doubles and 11 runs batted in.

As a team, Provo outscored Idaho Falls 56-28 in the five games. The Angels improved its record to 28-7 while Idaho Falls fell to 12-22.

Provo opens a three-game series at Idaho Falls today and returns home Wednesday for another three-game set with the Padres.

NOTES: Announced attendance was 1,902 . . . Provo starting pitcher Jason Dennis upped his record to 4-0 . . . Idaho Falls manager Jake Molina was ejected in the bottom of the sixth inning for arguing a close call on an infield hit by Angel outfielder Sam Swenson.

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