Tyler Roberts drove in a run for the Chukars, but they could not avoid two losses to the Douglasville Bulls this week.
The Home Plate Chukars hit the skids a bit this week, losing a pair of games to the Douglasville Bulls.
Game one on Wednesday night was a close 4-3 loss. The Chukars spoiled a great start by pitcher Andrew Austin. Austin pitched five scoreless inning, departing with a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately the bullpen could not hold it, giving up two runs in the sixth inning and one each in the seventh and ninth.
The Chukars struck first, opening the scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Nettles led the inning off with a walk then moved to second on a stolen base and over to third when Michael Trebendis reached base on an error. Nettles would score on a Trent Jones sacrifice for a 1-0 lead.
After falling behind 3-1, the Chukars struck again in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Jeremy Taylor drew a walk to keep the inning alive. Martin Castro followed up by lacing an RBI double to plate Taylor.
The Bulls extended their lead to 4-2 in the top of the ninth, but the Chukars would try to rally. Hunter Bening led off the inning with a walk. Nettles would draw a walk. With two outs, Tyler Roberts did his part, plating Bening on an RBI single. Unfortunately they wasn't enough magic left as the Chukars could not score again.
Thursday night's game came unhinged, especially in a big sixth inning, as the Chukars lost 11-4.
The Chukars held an early lead after Blake Edwards singled to start the top of the second and later came around to score on a Hunter Bening sacrifice. The Bulls tied the score at 1-1 in the third before the Chukars jumped back out front in the fourth. Nettles led off the frame with a single and was joined on base with Michael Trebendis with a walk. Dusty Davis's RBI single would plate Nettles. Trebendis would score on another Bening sacrifice.
The 3-1 lead would not hold. The Bulls would end up scoring in the third through eighth innings, highlighted by a big five run sixth inning. The Chukars would pick up one more run in the seventh when Dusty Davis scored on a Trent Jones RBI single.
The losses drop the Chukars record to 13-7, still the most wins in the Sunbelt League.