Owlz Pick Up First Shutout Of Year, 3-0

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | July 28, 2017 12:03 AM ET

The Owlz picked up their first shutout victory of the season, defeating Idaho Falls by a score of 3-0 at Melaleuca Field in Game One of their four-game series with the Chukars.

Right-handed pitchers Elvin Rodriguez, Denny Brady and Isaac Mattson were the stars of the show, allowing only four hits and two walks on the night.

Offensively, the Owlz racked up 10 hits, but they were only able to muster three runs.

The first of those came home in the third inning, when Torii Hunter Jr. raced home from third on a wild pitch to make the score 1-0.

Then in the seventh inning, Harrison Wenson picked up his first run batted in on the night, bringing home Franklin Torres from third base on a sacrifice fly to right field that made the score 2-0.

One inning later, Owlz first baseman Jeyson Sanchez hit his fourth home run of the year--a monstrous solo shot that cleared the 410-foot marker in left-center field, capping the game's score at 3-0.

Elvin Rodriguez started the game for the Owlz in his final tuneup before heading up to Hillsboro, Oregon to start the All-Star game for the Pioneer League on Tuesday, August 3rd.

This gave Idaho Falls Manager Justin Gemoll, who will head the coaching staff for the Pioneer League next week, a first look at his soon-to-be player.

Rodriguez scorched his way through five innings of work, allowing only three runners to reach base in his first scoreless outing of the season.

He was replaced by Denny Brady, who only allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Isaac Mattson then finished the game for the Owlz, piling up four strikeouts in the game's final two innings.

The series-opening victory advances the Owlz to 25-11-1 on the year, leaving them with one more game to play in the first half of the Pioneer League season. 

Orem will have right-handed pitcher Cole Duensing on the mound on Saturday, opposite of right-handed pitcher David McKay for Idaho Falls, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 MT at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls.

Coverage begins on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network 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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