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Orem Owlz make all types of mistakes in ugly shutout loss to Ogden

By Jared Lloyd daily Herald - | Jun 28, 2018
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Orem Owlz second baseman Alvaro Rubalcaba (4) can't reel in the throw from the outfield allowing Ogden Raptors second baseman Jeremy Arocho (8) to safely make it to second base during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz shortstop Kevin Maitan (9) reacts as he runs back to the dugout at the end of an inning after a strenuous play during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz center fielder Rayneldy Rosario (12) connects with a foul ball during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Ogden Raptors first baseman Alvaro Rubi (46) reacts after tagging out Orem Owlz outfielder Orlando Martinez (17) off a throw from pitcher Jose Chacin (26) during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Fans relax on the lawn as they watch a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz catcher Mario Sanjur (28) is tended to by a member of the medical staff after a play during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz pitcher Tyler Smith (20) delivers a pitch during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Ogden Raptors second baseman Jeremy Arocho (8) reacts after Orem Owlz shortstop Mitch Spires (33) successfully stole second base during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz third baseman Tim Millard (39) rounds third base as he heads toward home plate during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz first baseman Tim Millard (39) tags out Ogden Raptors shortstop Jacob Amaya (13) during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Fans relax on the lawn as they watch a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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Orem Owlz third baseman Tim Millard (39) is tagged out by Ogden Raptors catcher Jair Camargo (17) during a game between the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at UCCU Ballpark in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

When the loudest and most frequent sound all night from the baseball fans in the stands is a collective groan of disappointment, it’s a very bad sign for the home team.

The Orem Owlz induced plenty of groans from their 1,404 fans with a head-shaking variety of mishaps during Thursday’s 11-0 loss to Ogden at UCCU Ballpark where they had more errors (five) than hits (four).

How bad was it?

Well, if everything had been done flawlessly, then in the bottom of the second inning Orem would’ve had runners on second and third with no outs while trailing just 1-0.

The reality, however, was that at that point the Owlz had committed three errors in the field, given up four unearned runs and had a runner thrown out at home after trying to score from first on a double to right field.

Yeah, it was that kind of night.

Here is a short list of examples from the collection of blunders that Orem made during the game:

  • A hard ground ball went right between the legs of shortstop Kevin Maitan.
  • A routine Ogden single was dropped by leftfielder Orlando Martinez, allowing the Raptor runners to advance.
  • A dropped third strike on the final out of the inning was then rifled into the back of the Ogden runner by catcher Griffin Barnes, allowing the runner to get to second and eventually score.
  • An Orem runner got caught leaning too far off first and churned up the dirt instead of getting back to the bag, resulting in a pickoff.
  • Maitan slid in an attempt to get to a grounder — and kicked it into the outfield.

It actually wasn’t nearly as bad of an outing for the Owlz pitchers as the final score indicated.

Other than Matt Eagle, who gave up five hits and a walk resulting in four earned runs in the top of the eighth, the other six Orem pitchers scattered eight hits and gave up zero earned runs.

The first inning set the tone for the game, as Ogden came out hitting the ball hard. The Raptors started with a single and a stolen base, but got nothing out of it when the runner was picked off at second.

That, however, was when things fell apart for the home team.

A Maitan error was followed by two straight walks, then a wild pitch scored the first Ogden run.

The Owlz got the next batter to strike out but another pair of errors and a single allowed the visitors to plate four runs in the opening frame.

That would’ve been enough for the Raptors as their four pitchers combined for the four-hit shutout. Leading the way was starter Brett De Geus, who gave up four hits and struck out seven with no walks in his six innings of work.

Ogden leftfielder Matt Cogen had the best performance at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The lone bright spot for the Owlz at bat was third baseman Mitch Spires who went 2-for-3 and had the only extra base hit for the home team with a double in the second inning.

Orem (5-9) has now dropped three straight to the Raptors (8-6) but will try to end the streak when the two teams play Friday night in at UCCU Ballpark in Orem.

First pitch for that game is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m.

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