Idaho Falls Chukars No-Hit Missoula Osprey

The Arizona Diamondbacks have had a long history of affiliation with the Pioneer League. The league is classified as a short-season rookie advanced meaning it is the beginning classification and the first step for many in their career as a professional baseball player.

In 1996 the Pioneer League representative for the Diamondbacks was the Lethbridge Black Diamonds. They had the distinction of playing the first game in Diamondbacks history nearly two years before the first major league game would be played.

Over the years the Lethbridge franchise would move to Missoula Montana and become the Missoula Osprey. Several players in the Diamondbacks system began their playing career for the Osprey.

This season the Osprey have many of the highly touted Diamondbacks draft picks from the 2010 amateur draft on their roster.

On Tuesday while the Diamondbacks were being shut out by the San Diego Padres in route to their seventh consecutive loss at Petco Park, the Missoula Osprey were playing in Idaho Falls Idaho in a game against the Idaho Falls Chukars (a chukar is a bird for those of you wondering.)

The Chukars, part of the Kansas City Royals farm system sent Brian Peacock to the mound (yet another bird reference). Peacock had struggled in his past several outings allowing 20 earned runs in his past three starts.

On paper it looked like a game that favored the aggressive hitters from Missoula. This game proved why they don’t play these contests on paper. For seven innings Peacock shut down the Osprey hitters not allowing a hit.

During that time there were only two Missoula base runners. One by a walk and the other reached on an error. With a no-hitter intact, the Idaho Falls manager chose to go to his bullpen bringing in Jason Mitchell in the eighth.

Mitchell like Peacock retired the Osprey keeping them hitless. In the ninth inning Idaho Falls brought in Alex Rivers who struck out the side looking for a combined no-hitter.

It was the first no-hitter thrown against the Osprey in franchise history. It was a close game Missoula pitchers allowed just six hits themselves but those hits resulted in three runs for the loss.

It was an historic day in the Pioneer League but unfortunately for Diamondbacks and Osprey fans history wasn’t exactly on their side.


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