Osprey Can't Outlast Owlz in Tenth, Fall 6-5

David Sanchez's first homer of season scores three, not enough as O's end win streak.

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By Missoula Osprey | August 10, 2019 11:31 PM

The Missoula Osprey (28-22, 8-4) ended a six-game winning streak Saturday night, falling to Orem (16-34, 3-9), 6-5 in the 10th. Despite the loss, the Osprey remain in first in the North, with Billings postponing to Sunday.

 

Missoula let a scoring opportunity by in the top of the 10th, when Tristen Carranza reached third, with no one out, but couldn't score. Osprey pitcher Nick Marchese (L, 3-2) entered the game in the bottom of the 10th, allowing the game-winning sacrifice fly.

In a night that seemed to lack the Osprey offense, the bottom of the lineup kept Missoula motoring into the 10th. The eight and nine batters David Sanchez and Jose Reyes finished a combined 4-7, scoring three times and driving in three runs.

 

Sanchez put the Osprey on the scoreboard with a three-run blast in the 2nd, his first of the season.

 

On what was a staff night for the Osprey pitching staff, Orem steadily chipped away at the lead. Left-hander Ezequiel De La Cruz allowed two runs on four hits, allowing the Owlz to draw the lead to one. Fellow-lefty Denson Hull (BS, 1) allowed two runs in one inning, giving the Owlz a 5-3 lead in the 6th.   

 

Answering the bell, the Osprey tallied a run in the 8th, when Francis Martinez got plunked with a pitch with the bases loaded. In the 9th, Reyes scored on an Orem fielding error, tying the game 5-5. A sacrifice fly for the Owlz in the 10th ended a six-game win streak for the Osprey.

 

The four-game series concludes between Orem and Missoula on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 pm.

 

The Osprey return to Ogren Park at Allegiance Field on Friday, August 16, against the Great Falls Voyagers for Jacks Pub Happy Hour, with $2 Mystery Beer on tap, and $3 micro brews from 4-7.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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