Owlz Ride Brilliant Pitching To 5-1 Win

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | August 6, 2017 12:09 AM ET


The Owlz used a brilliant pitching performance to defeat the Missoula Osprey 5-1 in picking up their 30th win of the season.

Elvin Rodriguez gave up the only run of the game in his five innings of work, which were followed by four scoreless innings hurled by Tyler Stevens and Isaac Mattson.

The Owlz set the tone of the game early by putting up four runs on five hits in the first inning.

Torii Hunter Jr. led off the game with a single and was brought home by Brandon Marsh, who laced a double over the third base bag to bring Hunter home and give the Owlz a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Vega then strung together a third straight hit to begin the game for Orem, bringing Brandon Marsh around to give the Owlz a 2-0 lead.

Vega then came home on an RBI-single from Spencer Griffin, who made the score 3-0 Orem.

The final run of the inning scored when Franklin Torres drove home Manuel Guzman with a base hit to give the Owlz a 4-0 lead.

After the Owlz pounced on Missoula's starting pitcher Kai-Wei Lin early, they didn't break back onto the scoreboard again until the seventh inning.

At that point the score was 4-1, as Missoula's Andy Yerzy brought home the Osprey's lone run in the game in the top of the third inning with a double.

In the eighth, Stephen Kerr picked up his first hit--and his first RBI as a member of the Owlz with a base hit down the right field line that scored Spencer Griffin to polish off the game's scoring at a 5-1 Owlz lead.

Elvin Rodriguez picked up the win for Orem, striking out seven batters, and retiring each of the last six that he faced.

Rodriguez was replaced by Tyler Stevens, who retired all six batters that he faced before handing the ball over to Isaac Mattson.

Mattson walked one batter before inducing a game-ending 4-6-3 double play, vaulting the Owlz their 30th win of the season.

The pitching battery of Rodriguez, Stevens and Mattson combined to retire four straight Osprey at one point, prior to Mattson's walk in the eighth inning.

Orem remians atop the Pioneer League with a record of 30-12-1 on the season and tied with Ogden for first place in the second half with a 4-1 record.

The Owlz will attempt to finish off the Osprey with another win tomorrow night, first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. MT at the Home of the Owlz. 

Coverage begins on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano, 15 minutes prior to first pitch on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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