OREM Just one night removed from needing 13 innings to defeat the Ogden Raptors in their 2008 season-opener, the Orem Owlz only needed about four innings Wednesday night.
Angel Castillo went 4-for-5 with two home runs, two RBIs and four runs scored as the Owlz decimated the Raptors 13-3. Castillo's second home run of the game, which came in the eighth inning, was estimated to have easily traveled over 425 feet.
"The ball comes off his bat a little different than other guys," Owlz' manager Tom Kotchman said after the game. "It's only been two games, but the ball comes off his bat different."
Castillo had three hits Tuesday night in the season-opener, including the game-winner.
"That's the best contact I've ever made and the longest home run I've ever hit," Castillo said of his eighth-inning blast. "I feel good. I see the ball really well."
Raptors' starter Michael Watt lasted just two innings, giving up four runs and four hits.
Castillo got the Owlz on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, driving a high fastball over the right-field fence. The home run was one of four homers on the night for the Owlz.
"Getting that production is unusual," Kotchman said of all the homers.
The Raptors tied the game in the top of the second on a throwing error by Owlz second baseman Ivan Contreras that scored Clay Calfee from third.
But the Owlz retook the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer by first baseman Gabe Jacobo.
Jacobo, who was making his 2008 debut Wednesday night, finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs. The Owlz added another run in the second on an RBI triple by Contreras.
In the third, Luis Jimenez blasted a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field fence to put the Owlz up 6-1.
The Raptors closed the gap to 6-2 in the top of the fourth but then watched the Owlz tack on three more runs in the bottom half. With runners on first and third and one out, Jimenez laced a ground ball off shortstop Devaris Gordon's glove and into center field. Three batters later, catcher Alberto Rosario plated two more with a bases-loaded single to right-center field, putting the Owlz up 9-3.
The Owlz officially made it a rout with two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Castillo's second home run of the game was a change-up that got left up over the plate, according to Raptors' manager Mike Brumley.
"We just got a lot of new guys," Brumley said. "It takes some guys some time to get acclimated."
Lou Green started for the Owlz and went five innings to collect the win.
The burly 20-year-old from Logan, W.Va., threw 80 pitches and allowed just one earned run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
The series shifts now to Ogden, where the Raptors will host the Owlz in a two-game series tonight and Friday.
Despite the fast start, Kotchman refuses to get too excited.
"It's still so early," Kotchman said. "You don't read a whole lot into it because things change."