Orem Rallies From 7 Runs Down To Shock Helena

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | August 9, 2017 12:56 AM ET


The Orem Owlz rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to complete their biggest comeback win of the season, defeating the Helena Brewers by a final score of 13-9.

The Owlz spread their 13 runs across the first five innings, scoring in each frame to steadily chip away at Helena's monstrous seven-run lead.

Orem's starter Mayky Perez only lasted one third of an inning, allowing six earned runs, while pitching to seven batters and failing to make his way out of the first inning.

Mayky Perez was replaced by David Perez, who allowed one more run in the first before laboring his way out of an inning where 12 Helena Brewers came to the plate.

The Owlz then proceeded to click off runs in each of their first five trips to the plate.

The first came home when David Mackinnon was hit by a pitch on his back with the bases loaded, allowing Spencer Griffin to come home with the Owlz' first run in the bottom of the first inning.

Two batters later, Manuel Guzman came home on a wild pitch from Helena's starter, Karsen Lindell, making the score 7-2.

In the second inning, Ryan Vega came up with two runners in scoring position, bringing Angel Molina and Manuel Guzman home with a base hit that made the score 7-4 Helena.

From the third inning onward, the Helena Brewers only had two baserunners--two hits, both solo home runs from their center fielder Tristen Lutz. The first of those homers came off of David Perez in the third inning, making the score 8-4 Helena.

The Owlz then came rifling back in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs. Franklin Torres brought home the first of those three with a double, scoring Keinner Pina. 

Moments later Angel Molina lined a base hit into left field, scoring Kevin Williams Jr., who drew a walk to get on base.

Spencer Griffin kept the train moving with a sacrifice fly that scored Franklin Torres from third base, bringing the Owlz to within one run.

The Owlz would tack on one more run in the fourth inning, when David Mackinnon tied the game with a double that brought home Ryan Vega.

With the game tied at 8-8, Orem then erupted for a fate-sealing five-run fifth inning.

Manuel Guzman gave the Owlz their first lead of the game with a run-scoring triple that brought home Stephen Kerr to make the score 9-8 Orem.

David Mackinnon then brought Guzman home with a double to make the score 10-8 Orem.

Keinner Pina then drew a four-pitch walk, giving way to Kevin Williams Jr.

Williams was in the Opening Day starting lineup for the Owlz--a game that he left with a hamstring injury after picking up his first professional hit.

After over a month of rehabbing, Williams finally welcomed himself back to the Owlz lineup on Tuesday night, with a bang.

Williams broke the game open for Orem, sinking his first professional home run over the left field fence to give the Owlz a 13-8 lead.

The home run served as a centerpiece to Williams' 1-4 day at the plate, with two runs scored and three runs batted in.

Offensively, the Owlz simmered down from that point on. 

The Owlz' bullpen however, went on to dominate the final six innings of the game.

David Perez was replaced by right-handed pitcher Luke Lind, who threw three innings of one-run ball to pick up the first win of his Minor League career. 

The lone run to score off of Lind was the second of Tristen Lutz's homers--a 445-foot moon shot in the sixth inning that capped the game's final score at 13-9.

Other than that, Lind was perfect for the Owlz from the fourth inning through the sixth inning, while reeling in five strikeouts.

Lind was replaced by Jeremy Beasley, who was immaculate for Orem in the final three innings.

Beasley hurled three perfect innings to earn the first save of his career, striking out the side to end the game in the ninth inning, en route to a career-best five-strikeout performance.

The Owlz' most inconceivable win of the season was their fourth in a row, now at a season-best 21 games above .500, with the Pioneer League's best record of 33-12-1.

The Owlz also lead the Pioneer League standings with a 7-1 record in the second half, giving themselves a three-game lead over the Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League South.

The Owlz will end their seven-game home stand tomorrow night by attempting to sweep the Helena Brewers of three games with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 MT.

The Owlz will have RHP Edrick Agosto on the mound opposite of RHP Jayson Rose for the Helena Brewers, with coverage beginning on MiLB.tv and the Orem Owlz Baseball Network with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano, 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

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

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