Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers produced runs in just two innings Wednesday night, but it was more than enough to drop Orem 10-1 in game two of the series at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (15-11) remains in sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League North. The Voyagers have matched a season-high four games over .500. Great Falls improved to 11-3 at home by taking the first two games of the series. The Voyagers are 5-0 in games played on Wednesdays. Orem (8-18) fell to 3-10 on the road. The Owlz have lost five of their last seven games overall.
The Voyagers sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd. With one out, Romy Gonzalez started the six-run rally with a single into right. Amado Nunez reached with a ground ball error at short. Jhoandro Alfaro then stepped up to the plate and whacked a three-run home run over the wall in left for his first of the season. The next batter, Maiker Feliz, doubled into the right field corner. Ian Dawkins followed with an infield single. Feliz moved to third on the same play with a throwing error. Lenyn Sosa made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly to right. With two outs, Logan Sowers coaxed a walk. A Corey Zangari triple drove in both Dawkins and Sowers for a 6-0 cushion.
Great Falls put it out of reach with a four-run bottom of the 5th. Corey Zangari led off with a hit-by-pitch. Alex Destino singled. Romy Gonzalez made it 7-0 with an RBI single to center. Amado Nunez drove in two more with a triple lined into the right field corner. Jhoandro Alfaro finished the scoring with an RBI double off the wall in right.
The Voyagers pitching staff fell one strikeout shy of matching the season high. Matt Portland posted the win in relief. Portland (1-0) worked five innings and gave up two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. In his Pioneer League debut, Cody Eckerson took the loss for Orem. Eckerson (0-1) lasted just one-and-two-thirds and allowed six runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk. Great Falls starter Jonathan Stiever went two innings with three strikeouts. Also in relief, Devon Perez struck out three over two innings and gave up one earned run on two hits.
At the plate, Great Falls outhit Orem 12-to-4. Jhoandro Alfaro finished a triple shy of the cycle with three hits and four RBIs. Logan Sowers and Romy Gonzalez both posted two-hit games. Sowers extended his league-best on-base streak to 24 games. The Voyagers went 6-for-13 in the game with runners in scoring position. It was the largest margin of victory this season.
Great Falls continues its seven-game home stand with game three of four against Orem Thursday night at Centene Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 o'clock. For 2018 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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