Owlz Dominate Again In 14-4 Win

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | July 9, 2017 10:48 PM ET

The Orem Owlz picked up their 15th win of the season on Sunday night, defeating the Idaho Falls Chukars by a final score of 14-4.

The 14-run scoring output marks the 11th time through the first 21 games that the Owlz have scored in double figures.

The Owlz are 11-0 in those games.

It didn't take long for the Owlz to get on the scoreboard, as Keinner Pina drove in his 20th run of the season on a ground out in the first inning that allowed Matt McCann to score from third base.

The Owlz' 1-0 first inning lead marked the 10th time this year that the Owlz ended up scoring in the first inning.

The Owlz are 10-0 in those games.

Owlz catcher Franklin Navarro then itched out another run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning that scored Franklin Torres from third base to make the score 2-0.

After a scoreless third inning, the Owlz then added another run to the scoreboard in the fourth, when Tori Hunter Jr. scored from third base on a fielding error by Idaho Falls third baseman Tyler Straub.

Owlz starter Edrick Agosto pitched three scoreless frames to begin the game, en route to the best outing of his season. Agosto worked around three hits and three walks for his first scoreless outing of the year.

Left-handed pitcher Justin Kelly then came on in relief, throwing two and two thirds of an inning, allowing one unearned run to pick up his second win of the year.

The run scored off of Kelly came home in the fifth inning after a throwing error commited by Kelly, who overthrew the first baseman David Mackinnon on a ground ball back to the mound.

This prolonged the inning, giving way to a run-scoring double off the bat of Idaho Falls shortstop Julio Gonzalez that made the score 3-1.

In the bottom half of the inning however, the Owlz supplied Kelly with three more runs.

Franklin Torres and Franklin Navarro each came away with a run-scoring base hits that made the score of the game 5-1.

The sixth run of the game came home on a fielding error commited by Idaho Falls catcher Freddy Fermin, who airmailed a snap throw to third base into left field, allowing Franklin Torres to come home and make the score 6-1.

Kelly departed the game in the sixth inning giving way to Tyler Stevens. Stevens struck out the final batter of the sixth to preserve Orem's 6-1 lead.

The scoreless sixth inning marked the 17th straight inning that the Owlz pitching staff went without allowing an earned run.

This gave way to a hectic, eight-run sixth inning, where the Owlz scored the remainder of their 14 runs.

The Owlz ended up reaching on four errors in the inning, three of which were committed by the second baseman, Jake Wakamatsu.

Additionally the Owlz drew three walks in the inning and came away with seven hits--all singles. The last four of those seven base hits were infield singles that the Idaho Falls infield couldn't field cleanly, in addition to the four fielding errors.

The Owlz batted around in the inning, getting 13 batters to the plate with only one hitter in the lineup (Jonah Todd) not scoring. 

This occurence marked the third straight home game that the Owlz have batted around in, all of which the Owlz won. 

Now with a sizable, 13-run lead, Tyler Stevens came on for the Owlz in the seventh inning to begin his first full inning of work.

It was at this point that Idaho Falls center fielder Cristhian Vazquez came up with a runner on first base and homered on a fly ball that cleared the right field fence, making the score 14-3.

The home run ended the Owlz' streak of 17 straight innings without allowing an earned run. The pitching staff allowed two unearned runs over that span of three games.

The Chukars scratched out one more run in the eighth inning, which was pitched by right-handed pitcher Crusito Mieses. Mieses pitched a full inning of work, giving up the final run of the game on a hit and two walks.

Owlz right-handed pitcher Brett Hanewich put the finishing touches on the win with a scoreless ninth inning, the final score being 14-4 Orem.

The Owlz' second win in a row advances the team to a Pioneer League best 15-6 record on the season.

The Owlz remain in control of a four-game lead over the Ogden Raptors atop the Pioneer League South standings. 

The series finale between Orem and Idaho Falls will be played tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 MT.

Coverage begins on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network and MiLB.tv 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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