OREM The Orem Owlz haven't done much wrong this season.
Saturday night at Brown Ballpark, however, they just gave the Casper Ghosts too many chances to win while wasting too many chances to win. Eventually, the ghoul-crew pulled away for a 10-7 win with three runs in the 13th. The loss was only Orem's second of the season and first of three extra-inning games. The Owlz still lead the Pioneer League's Southern Division with an 11-2 mark two games ahead of Casper.
Even though the Owlz three times came from behind to catch the Ghosts, they also had three chances to end the game on the winning side but failed to deliver each time. Also, after going ahead 4-3 with two runs in the seventh, Orem gave up an eighth inning run to Casper on a two-out triple by Shane Lowe that sent the game to extra innings.
Still, the Owlz were looking like they were going to pull another game out of the hat when they put two runners on in the ninth with two outs and league-leading hitter Angel Castillo at the plate. However, Castillo struck out and the game continued.
After Casper went up 5-4 on Eliezer Mesa's RBI single in the 10th, the Owlz rallied again and tied the game 5-5 on a two-out wild pitch. But again, with the potential winning run at third, Orem's Darwin Perez struck out to extend the game another frame.
It appeared the Ghosts were finally going to put Orem away with two runs in the 11th on back-to-back doubles by Wilin Rosario and Michael Zuanich and a two-out triple by Zack Murry. But Orem came right back with two more in the bottom half to keep the marathon game going. One scored on a bases loaded walk to Luis Jimenez and the second on Gabe Jacobo's sacrifice fly. But again, the Owlz failed to end the game when Braulio Pardo fanned with the bases loaded.
Following a scoreless 12th, Casper finally gave itself a margin too big for Orem to overcome with a three-run 13th. Orlando Sandoval drove one home with a double to center field, a second scored on a wild pitch and the third on Andy Goff's RBI single.
Casper reliever Ronny Lopez earned the win by retiring the Owlz in order in the bottom half of the 13th. Kyle Hurst, who walked two and gave up three hits in two-thirds of an inning, took the loss for Orem.
For one of the few times this season the Owlz also came out on the short end in the hits category. Casper finished with 19 hits to 10 for Orem. Murry led Casper's hit barrage with four hits and three runs scored. For Orem, Roberto Lopez and Luis Jimenez each had three hits. One of Jimenez's hits was a solo homer in the second inning. He now leads the Pioneer League with 13 RBIs.Saturday's game lasted four hours and 30 minutes, with more than 3,700 fans in attendance. The two teams meet again Sunday at Brown Ballpark for an afternoon twin bill. The first of the two scheduled seven-inning games starts at 4:05 p.m.
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