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Angels Farm Daily 6/18: Orem Owlz Leave The Nest And Take The Field

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It was Opening Day for the Orem Owlz yesterday. How'd they do?

Joe Gatto took the mound for the Orem Owlz on Opening Day.
Joe Gatto took the mound for the Orem Owlz on Opening Day.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rookie: Orem Owlz

The Owlz dropped the first contest of the year, 8-2, to the Ogden Raptors (LAD) last night. Joey Gatto went four innings, and gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five, though, so there's definitely some good stuff to take away from last night's start. More damage came courtesy of reliever Arjenis Fernandez, who threw two innings and gave up three more earned runs on four hits. Zach Varela threw a perfect frame in the eighth, striking out two along the way.

On the offensive side, recently drafted and even-more-recently signed shortstop David Fletcher hit an RBI single in the third that brought in recently drafted and even-more-recently signed third-baseman Michael Pierson. Okay, I'm gonna stop with the "recently drafted" stuff. Pretty much the entire lineup fits that description. Kyle Survance, Jr. (CF) hit an RBI groundout in the fifth to score Pierson again, who had reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning. And that was it for the run-scoring portion of the night.

Taylor Ward looked great behind the dish, gunning two baserunners who tried to get greedy on our young first-round pick. In the batter's box, however, he was a different story, a story we've all read before. Ward went 0-for-4, but he didn't strike out. So...yay?

Full Game Story here.

Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees

Yet another seesaw affair in the PCL last night. Gary Brown (CF) and C.J. Cron (1B) each hit a bomb as part of the crooked-number fun. That's good. Starter Andrew Heaney gave up eight runs (five earned). That's bad. In fact, Heaney only lasted 4.2 innings, with a final line score of 12 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. That's really bad.

Kaleb Cowart (3B) had a very good night, though, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples, two RBI and two runs scored. Ultimately, all that offense just wasn't enough, as the El Paso Chihuahuas (SD) added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to walk it off. Rough one for the Bees. Of course, when you commit five errors, rough ones will follow.

Full Game Story here.

Double-A: Arkansas Travelers

The Travelers tried to hold a double-header yesterday. Game two would have been a makeup of a rainout on May 8th. Well, both games were rained out. Whoops. So, a triple-header later in the season? Please? That'd be cool. Or it could cause an anomaly in space not unlike a black hole. We shall see.

Full Game Story here.

Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers

Trevor Foss blanked the San Jose Giants (SF) through five innings, and DH Michael Snyder backed him up with his fifth home run of the year.

Full Game Story here.

Class A: Burlington Bees

The Bees went the distance against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) last night. A scoreless affair until the eleventh inning, the Bees finally got on the board twice, thanks to an error, a wild pitch and a few singles. Two runs was more than enough.

Jake Jewell turned in a nice start, going five innings and only giving up two hits. He also struck out seven Kernels. Reliever Tyler Carpenter made it interesting in the bottom of the eleventh when he loaded the bases before striking out a batter and inducing a groundout to end the game.

Full Game Story here.

Rookie: DSL Angels

So, yeah...that's a lotta errors, boys. Good win, but clean it up, will ya?