Orem Uses Late Rally To Down Missoula

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | August 4, 2017 12:22 AM ET


The Orem Owlz used a three-run eighth inning to stage a 4-2 comeback win over the Missoula Osprey for their fifth win in a row.

The win marked the start of Orem's seven-game home stand, beginning with its first game following the All-Star break.

The Owlz fell behind early when right-handed starter Mayky Perez gave up two runs in the third inning on run-scoring singles from Gabriel Maciel and Andrew Yerzy, which gave Missoula a 2-0 lead.

Orem came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning, after Brandon Marsh brought home Stephen Kerr on a sacrifice fly that made the score 2-1 Missoula.

Kerr scored each of the Owlz' first two runs on the night, making his first start in an Owlz uniform.

Kerr committed the Owlz' only two errors on the night, starting the game at second base and going 0-2 at the plate, while scoring two runs.

The middle innings of the game were dominated by stellar outfield defense from the Owlz.

Both the right fielder Brandon Marsh and the center fielder Spencer Griffin each threw out a runner trying to advance to third base, while the left fielder Torii Hunter Jr. dazzled with his glove as well.

Hunter made tough plays all night long, including a sliding catch in shallow left field that ended the eighth inning with Osprey runners on first and second base.

The catch saved at least one run from scoring, but it ended up being just the beginning of Hunter's late-inning heroics.

The Owlz' three-run eighth inning began with Stephen Kerr reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman Joey Rose, setting the wheels in motion for an inning where the Osprey committed three errors.

Torii Hunter then came away with a bunt single on a ball that dribbled in between the Missoula pitcher Cole Stapler and the first baseman Francis Martinez, putting runners on the corners for Brandon Marsh.

Marsh then brought Stephen Kerr home from third base on a sacrifice fly for a second time in the game, tying the score at 2-2.

Torii Hunter then came home with the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Angel Molina that made the score 3-2.

Molina did not start the game for the Owlz, but came in to replace the starting first baseman Jeyson Sanchez, who was hit by a pitch near his head in the fourth inning.

Molina ended up going 0-1 at the plate, aside from bringing home the go-ahead run.

The final run of the game scored after Ryan Vega got on base with a single. It was at this point that the Osprey committed their fourth and final error of the game.

With Vega attempting to steal second base, the pitcher at the time Cole Stapler attempted to pick him off at second, the only issue being that his throw sailed into center field, allowing Vega to take third base on the play as well.

Moments later, Vega came home on the first run-scoring hit of the night, when Keinner Pina drove a base-hit into right field, capping the game's final score at 4-2.

The Owlz got strong work from their bullpen with Denny Brady holding down the fort in a scoreless sixth and seventh inning.

Brady was replaced by Jeremy Beasley, who finished the game with two shutout frames to pick up his second win in an Owlz uniform.

The Owlz' fifth straight win bumps their Pioneer League-best record to 29-11-1 and 3-0 in the second half of the season.

Orem will continue its four-game series with Missoula and its seven-game home stand tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 MT at the Home of the Owlz.

Coverage begins 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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