Owlz Tie For First Time In Team History

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By Orem Owlz | July 26, 2017 11:57 PM ET

The Orem Owlz and Billings Mustangs played in a 9-9 tie in Orem on Thursday night, after a torrential downpour came down following the sixth inning of play, preventing the game from its conclusion.

After the first two innings of play the Owlz found themselves in a 7-0 hole, after All-Star pitcher Chris Rodriguez gave up a season-high seven runs (six earned) on fives hits in one and a third innings of work.

Rodriguez was relieved by Tyler Stevens, who kept the Owlz within striking distance by hurling two and two thirds scoreless innings into the fifth.

The Owlz broke onto the scoreboard in the third inning, when Harrison Wenson scored Angel Molina off of second base to make the score 7-1.

Orem then put up four runs in back-to-back innings in the fifth and sixth.

Jeyson Sanchez scored the second run on a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Angel Molina that made the score 7-2.

Once the top of the order came back up, Specner Griffin drove Torii Hunter Jr. home on a double to get the Owlz within four runs.

Brandon Sandoval and Manuel Guzman then each singled to cap the fifth inning at a 7-5 score.

David Perez then came on in relief for the Owlz, giving up a two-run home run to Leandro Santana that opened Billings' lead up to 9-5.

The Owlz then continued to chip away. Brandon Sandoval brought home two runs with an RBI single that made the score 9-7. 

After Sandoval advanced to third on an error committed by the Mustangs' left fielder Zeke White, the Owlz' home run leader Harrison Wenson came up to the plate.

Wenson was working against Billings pitcher Ryan Nutof, one of his former college battery mates from their time at the University of Michigan.

Wenson then cracked his sixth home run of the season over the right-center field fence to tie the game's score at 9-9.

After the inning concluded, rain began pouring down at the Home of the Owlz, with scattered lightning strikes in the area, prompting the Owlz' first rain delay of the season at their home ball park.

After 58 minutes of waiting, the game was called, resulting in the first tie in Orem Owlz franchise history.

The game was scheduled to be the seventh and final time that Billings and Orem would play each other in the Pioneer League season, so being that a makeup time for the game could not be determined the game ended in a tie.

The Owlz move on to 24-11-1 on the year after their first tie in franchise history, moving on to play a four-game series with the Idaho Fall Chukars on Friday night.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 MT at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls, 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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