Owlz Lose Series Finale In Grand Junction

(Ari Davis)

By Orem Owlz | July 8, 2017 1:15 AM ET

After winning five of their first six games against the Grand Junction Rockies, the Orem Owlz lost Friday's series finale by a final score of 18-7.

 

The Owlz were pinned in a 2-0 hole to begin the night after two runs came across in the first inning off of starting pitcher Andres Heredia.

 

Owlz outfielder Brandon Sandoval led off the game with a base hit for the Owlz, but he ended up being thrown out at home plate by the right fielder Ramon Marcelino.

 

The Owlz threatened again in the second inning, this time breaking through on a sacrifice fly from Franklinn Torres that scored Keinner Pina, making the score 2-1.

 

Sandoval, who picked up the Owlz' first hit of the night, then picked up his second on a run-scoring hit that brought home Torii Hunter Jr., tying the game at two runs a piece. 

 

The Owlz then took their first lead off the game on a bases loaded walk drawn by Franklin Torres that made the score 3-2. The Owlz ended up stranding the bases loaded in the third inning despite taking the lead.

 

Three more runs came home in the fourth inning for the Owlz, beginning with a ground ball that cleared the infield for a run-scoring single off the bat of Ryan Vega,

 

Catcher Keinner Pina then lined an extra-base hit into the left-center field gap, scoring Ryan Vega and David Mackinnon, giving the Owlz a game-high 6-2 lead.

 

That was the last time that the Owlz saw the light of day.

 

Grand Junction tacked on five runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

 

This was the beginning of a string of 11 unanswered runs that were scored by the Rockies.

 

Grand Junction put up six runs in the sixth inning, followed by five more in the seventh to take an 18-6 lead.

 

Owlz left-handed pitcher Kevin Grendell pitched a scoreless ninth inning, making him the only pitcher on the night for the Owlz who did not allow a run.

 

Andres Heredia, Jorge Gonzalez, Evan Smith and David Perez combined to allow a season-high 18 runs on a season-high 18 hits. 

 

Perez allowed the fewest amount of runs out of the aforementioned pitchers, with three given up in the seventh inning.

 

The Owlz tacked on a courtesy run in the ninth inning that capped the game's final score of 18-7. Jonah Todd came home on a sacrifice fly hit by Franklin Torres, who ended the game with a team-high three runs batted in--none of which came on hits.

 

The loss drops the Owlz to 13-6 on the year, still in command of a three-game lead over the Ogden Raptors atop the Pioneer League South standings.

 

The Owlz will return home tomorrow to begin a three-game series with the Idaho Falls Chukars before their first off day of the season on Tuesday.

 

First pitch for tomorrow's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. MT, with coverage beginning on 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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