Orem Outlasted By Missoula in 10-6 Loss

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | August 5, 2017 1:09 AM ET


The Orem Owlz couldn't overcome a slow start to their second game vs. the Missoula Osprey, losing by a final score of 10-6 at the Home of the Owlz.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Orem and it marked the second straight day that the Owlz were outhit by the Osprey.

The Owlz' starting pitcher Edrick Agosto gave up runs in each of the first five innings of the game, which proved detrimental to Owlz' chances of coming away with a win.

Missoula scored one run in each of the first three innings, before adding two in the fourth inning and three in the fifth inning.

The game was close in the early innings, as the Owlz took their only lead in the bottom of the first. Torii Hunter Jr. scored the Owlz' first run of the game on a sacrifice sly struck by Ryan Vega that tied the game at one.

Brandon Marsh then scored what was at the time the Owlz' go-ahead run on a fielding error committed by Missoula's third baseman Joel Novas, giving the Owlz a 2-1 lead.

That lead was erased in the second inning, when Francis Martinez of the Osprey hit a solo home run over the left field fence that tied the score at 2-2.

The Osprey came out one inning later with another solo home run for Jose Araujo, putting the Owlz once again in a one-run hole.

In the bottom of the third inning, Owlz first baseman Angel Molina lifted his first home run as a member of the Owlz onto the burm in left field to tie the game once again at a score of 3-3.

As the sun set throughout the night, so did the Owlz chances of winning, with Missoula piling five runs onto the scoreboard between the fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-3 lead.

That closed the book on Edrick Agosto's worst outing of the year for the Owlz, where he pitched a total of four innings, while giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

The Owlz rallied two more runs in the middle innings of the game, on run-scoring hits from Angel Molina and Brandon Marsh that made the score 8-5 after six innings of play.

Agosto was replaced by right-handed pitcher Luke Lind, who made his Owlz debut by hurling three innings of one-run ball, whil racking up five strikeouts.

Lind was replaced by Keith Rogalla, who pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Owlz before running into trouble in the ninth.

Rogalla surrendered two runs on three hits and one walk after recording two outs in the ninth inning to give the Osprey a 10-5 lead.

He was then replaced by David Perez, who recorded the final out of the inning to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

The Owlz went on to scratch out one more run on an RBI-single from Manuel Guzman, who used his final at-bat of the night to extend his team-best hit streak to 12 games and his team-best on-base streak to 22 games.

The base hit scored Keinner Pina and capped the game's final score at 10-6.

The Owlz were outhit by the Osprey for a second straght game, as they were unable to climb out of the early five-run hole that was dug by Edrick Agosto. 

Agosto was pegged for his first loss of the year, while the starting pitcher for Missoula, Franklyn Soriano picked up the win in pitching five innings, while allowing four runs.

Both Brandon Marsh and Keinner Pina each picked up 3-5 days at the plate, with Marsh scoring a team-high two runs in the game.

The Owlz will return to their home ball park Saturday night to play the third of their four-game series with the Missoula Osprey.

Elvin Rodriguez will get the start for Orem, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. MT at the Home of the Owlz. Coverage will begin on MiLB.tv and the Orem Owlz Baseball Network 15 minutes prior to first pitch with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano.

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

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