Owlz Grind Out 5-1 Win In Ogden

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | August 31, 2017 1:35 AM ET


The Orem Owlz used four late runs to pull away from the Ogden Raptors at Lindquist Field, winning by a final score of 5-1.

The game was scheduled to be played at the Home of the Owlz, but moved to Ogden due to unplayable field conditions caused by a concert that took place over the weekend.

So as the home team at Lindquist Field, Orem began the night with three straight singles from Jo Adell, Torii Hunter Jr. and Brandon Marsh in the bottom of the first inning.

The hit for Adell extended his team-best hit streak to 10 games, as he came home to score the game's first run when Ryan Vega drew a bases loaded walk to give Orem a 1-0 lead.

Raptors starter Gregorio Sequera then worked out of that bases loaded jam with nobody out, striking out Harrison Wenson and getting Franklin Torres to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Ogden Raptors then did nearly the same exact thing in the third inning.

Ogden loaded the bases with nobody out before Mitchell Hansen drew a walk to tie the game at 1-1. 

That was the only run that the Raptors scored. 

Owlz starter Simon Mathews tiptoed out of the bases loaded situation, ending his final inning of work with five strikeouts.

After that run scored, the game went stagnant until the seventh inning, as Jason Alexander came out of the bullpen for Orem and put on one of the most dominant showings of any Owlz pitcher this season.

Alexander pitched the final five innings of the game, earning his first win of the season, racking up five strikeouts and only allowing two baserunners.

Alexander has now pitched nine consecutive scoreless innings, as he rifled through four scoreless in his most recent outing five nights ago.

The Owlz broke back onto the scoreboard in the seventh inning, when Ryan Vega led off the inning with a single and scored on a ground ball hit by Manuel Guzman to give the Owlz the go-ahead run in making the score 2-1 Orem.

Orem then put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, scoring three runs. 

Brandon Marsh brought home the first of those with a double that he scorched off of the center field fence, bringing home Jo Adell to give Orem a 3-1 lead.

Marsh ended his night having gone 2-4, scoring a run in addition to his RBI.

Ryan Vega then picked up his team-leading second RBI of the night, scoring Torii Hunter Jr. from third base to make the score 4-1 Orem.

After that, Raptors Manager Mark Kertenian opted to intentionally walk Harrison Wenson and pitch to Julio Garcia.

The situation came one inning after Harrison Wenson struck out against the Raptors' lefty Christian Stolo, and Julio Garcia hit a double off of him.

With Stolo still in the game, the gamble ended up not paying off for Kertenian, as Garcia grounded a ball into left field, scoring Brandon Marsh with the Owlz' final run of the game in cementing the 5-1 win.

The win moves Orem to within a game closer of the Ogden Raptors for first place in the Pioneer League South standings, now two games back with a second half record of 17-11.

The Owlz and Raptors will return to Lindquist Field tomorrow night, with Orem being the home team once again, first pitch scheduled for 6:30 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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