OREM Owlz manager Tom Kotchman went into Sunday's game hoping to give some guys a rest.
Against the Missoula Osprey, he could get away with it.
Ivan Villaescusa, Dwayne Bailey and Alex Silversmith went a combined 8-for-13 with three runs scored and five RBIs as the Owlz decimated the Osprey 17-4 at Brent Brown Ballpark.
"We had some guys banged up and some guys who needed the day off," Kotchman said.
The 13-run victory tied a season best for the Owlz. The 17 runs also tied a season high.
Donato Giovanatto, who had the game-winning hit in Saturday night's dramatic 3-2 win over Helena, was given the day off Sunday. Luis Jimenez, Angel Castillo and Beau Brooks also didn't play.
"Now we have some depth," Kotchman said. "When you have the extra guys, you can give some people some time off. Maybe we'll give Roberto Lopez a day off this week."
Lopez went 4-for-5 on Sunday with three runs scored and three RBIs to bump his average up to .390 and once again give him the Pioneer League high ahead of Great Falls shortstop Tyler Kuhn (.380).
Missoula (3-10, 12-39), which was hoping to rebound after recently being swept in a three-game series up at Ogden, got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against the Owlz. But the lead didn't last very long.
Darwin Perez and Ivan Contreras led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back walks. Lopez then dribbled an infield single that Osprey starter Brett Reynolds couldn't make a play on to load the bases. After Ryan Groth struck out, Bailey and Villaescusa slapped back-to-back singles up the middle to score three runs and give the Owlz a one-run lead.
The Osprey tied the game in the top of the third on a solo homer to right by Alberto Diaz, but the Owlz quickly retook the lead in the bottom half on a two-out RBI single by Villaescusa.
The Owlz scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth before blowing the game completely open in the bottom of the seventh by sending 10 men to the plate, collecting four hits and scoring six runs.
The key hit in the inning was a bases-clearing triple to left-center field by Groth.
As if they needed any more insurance, the Owlz scored three more times in the bottom of the eighth. Once again, Groth had the key hit, this time a two-run homer to deep right.
"It's great to know even with our backup guys we can put pressure (on the other team)," Groth said. "That shows the character of our team."
Jose Perez (5-2) started for the Owlz and allowed just one earned run while scattering six hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out 10.
Chris Scholl pitched three innings in relief for the Owlz and gave up one run and two hits.
When Scholl entered the game, the Owlz were already ahead 7-3. At that point, Scholl said his job was to just throw strikes.
"They're going to come out swinging," Scholl said. "You just got to get the ball over the plate and not be too picky."
Jeremy Thorne pitched a scoreless ninth for the Owlz.
The Owlz (9-4, 34-17) remain just a game back of the Ogden Raptors (10-3, 29-22) in the Pioneer League South second-half standings. The Raptors defeated Helena 10-7 on Sunday and have now won eight straight.