Owlz Ride Pitching and Power to 12-1 Win

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | July 9, 2017 12:43 AM ET

The Orem Owlz pieced together their most complete win of the season on Saturday night, downing the Idaho Falls Chukars by a score of 12-1.

Leonardo Rivas came away with his team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the season, going 3-5 while scoring two runs and driving home two runs.

Rivas was the sparkplug once again for the Owlz in a six-run first inning.

After the first three hitters of the game reached on Idaho Falls start Geoffrey Bramblett, Owlz first baseman David Mackinnon delivered a bases loaded single that drove home the first two runs of the game, making the score 2-0. 

After Jonah Todd's sacrifice fly drove home Ryan Vega from third base, Harrison Wenson came up with runners on first and second base.

Wenson then crushed his team-leading fifth home run of the season well over the center field fence, clearing the bases and putting a cap on the Owlz' six-run first inning. 

All nine hitters in the starting lineup came up to bat in the inning, making for the fifth time that the Owlz have batted around at their home ball park.

Out of those five occasions, it was also the third time that the Owlz batted around in the first inning.

The Owlz also batted around in the first inning of their last home game--a 17-5 win over Grand Junction--making for back-to-back home games where the Owlz have batted around.

The six-run output was all that the Owlz needed, as the pitching staff combined to allow just one unearned run on the night, beginning with five scoreless innings from the starting pitcher Tyler Carpenter.

Carpenter picked up his first win as a member of the Owlz, with his start tonight coming as the fourth part of his rehab assignment for the AA-classified Mobile BayBears.

By the time Carpenter departed the game following the fifth inning, the Owlz had tacked on three more runs.

Ryna Vega drove home Matt McCann from third base to make the game's score 7-0 in the fourth inning.

In the fifth Harrison Wenson then tied his career-high with a fourth run batted in on the night, allowing Jonah Todd to score from third base on a deep fly ball that made the score 8-0.

Moments later Manuel Guzman took Bramblett deep to straight-away center field for his first home run of the year--a solo shot with two outs that made the score 9-0.

Bramblett then departed the game, picking up his first loss of the season, while allowing a total of nine earned runs on 10 hits.

After the fifth inning, the winning pitcher, Tyler Carpenter was replaced by right-handed pitcher Connor Riley.

Riley pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but was then left with a bases loaded jam to work out of in the seventh after an error committed by Owlz third baseman Manuel Guzman.

After Guzman's error prolonged the inning, Idaho Falls center fielder Cristhian Vasquez drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Vance Vizcaino from third base for the Chukars' only run of the game.

The seventh was the final inning of work for Riley, who ended his night having pitched a total of two innings, allowing just the one unearned run on three hits and a walk, while striking out one batter.

The Owlz continued to dig in the bottom half of the seventh, with the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Manuel Guzman and Matt McCann each getting on base to lead off the inning.

With the top of the order then up once again, Leonardo Rivas cleared the bases with his team-leading fourth triple of the season, which made the score 11-1.

Rivas then scored the 12th and final run of the game for the Owlz in the next at-bat, when outfielder Brandon Sandoval reached on an error committed by Idaho Falls third baseman Tyler Straub.

Right-handed pitcher Mayky Perez then closed out the game by pitching two scoreless innings for the Owlz, putting a cap on their Pioneer League best 14th win of the season, the final score being 12-1.

Now with a record of 14-6 on the year, the Owlz remain atop the Pioneer League South standings, leading the Ogden Raptors by four games.

The Owlz will play the second game of their three-game set against the Chukars tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 MT at the Home of the Owlz.

Coverage begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano, 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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