Light-Hitting Osprey Drop Second Straight

Quiet bats stunt Osprey hopes at a series split in Orem

(Patrick Record)

By Missoula Osprey | August 7, 2017 2:01 AM ET

OREM, UTAH - Mirroring Saturday night's game, the Missoula Osprey (20-23 | 1-4) mustered only one run on six hits, falling to the Orem Owlz (31-12-1 | 5-1) by a final score of 6-1 at the Home of the Owlz late Sunday afternoon.

Orem raced ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff single and steal of second by Torii Hunter, Jr. followed by a catcher's interference call against Dominic Miroglio put runners on the corners with one out. Short stop Manuel Guzman then lined a two-run double off Brady Muller.

The Osprey were muzzled for the first three innings, finally breaking through for their only run of the day in the top of the fourth. Eduardo Diaz singled to begin the frame and then stole second base, drawing a throwing error from Orem catcher Harrison Wenson that allowed him to move up to third. The next batter, Joey Rose, chopped an infield bouncer behind the mound allowing Diaz to score, cutting the Osprey deficit to 2-1.

Following the fourth, the Missoula bats went quiet for virtually the remainder of the game, managing only two base runners in the game's final five innings. Orem added three runs on a home run in the bottom of the fourth against Brady Muller and rounded the score to its final margin of 6-1 on a solo homer from Wenson against Yeison Santana in the sixth.

Eduardo Diaz was the only Osprey player with multiple base hits, while Joey Rose extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single. After going 0-for-4, Gabriel Maciel's season-long mark of 18 straight games came to an end. Rose's streak is now the longest active streak in the league.

The Osprey return to action on Monday evening, opening a three-game series at Grand Junction with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

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

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