Six-Run Third Inning Downs Vibes

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Orem, UTAH Don’t walk this way.

Free passes doomed the Vibes as the Orem Owlz ran away and hid in a 7-1 victory Friday.

The night unraveled in a hurry. Orem posted a six spot in the third. The Owlz paired five free passes with one big swing, leaving the Vibes scrambling. The mess began with reliever Jackson Sigman issuing three walks and a hit batter before exiting without recording an out. Right-hander José Parra looked to minimize damage. Instead, the door was blown off the hinges. After a strikeout, Parra issued a walk. Owlz catcher Anthony Mulrine then delivered the final blow. The right-handed hitter blasted a grand slam to left center, giving Orem a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Rocky Mountain struck first. In the top of the second, Cam Devanney followed a José Sibrian hit-by-pitch with a ground-rule double, placing a pair of runners in scoring position for Jess Williams. The Australian put together a team at-bat, ushering home Sibrian on a groundout.

Orem answered with a run in the bottom half. Sibrian cut down Owlz’ Jose Quezada at second, allowing Morgan McCullough to score from third.

Things went silent for both teams from the 4th inning on. The two teams combined for three baserunners on two hits in final five-plus frames. Beginning in the fourth, the Owlz retired 14 straight Vibes hitters before Nick Egnatuk reached on an error with two outs in the eighth.

A few bright spots came from the loss. Outfielder Carlos Rodriguez collected a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance, and right-hander Franklin Hernandez posted two scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

The Vibes continue their final road trip of the year with a three-game series against the Grand Junction Rockies before returning home on September 3 to host the Rockies for five more games to close out the 2019 regular season.