PROVO — Maybe it's beginner's luck. Maybe it's the fact they have played their first 14 games of the season without having to leave the state of Utah.
Or maybe the Provo Angels are just fetchin' good.
Whatever the case, the fledgling franchise, which debuted a mere two weeks ago, is loving Utah County so far. The Angels continued their assault on the Pioneer League Friday night by downing the Casper Rockies, 7-5, before a crowd of 1,641 at Larry H. Miller Field.
The victory extended the Angels' winning streak to eight games. Provo (12-2) has also won 12 of its last 13 games. At home, the Angels have won nine straight, dating back to their season-opening loss to Ogden.
At least Provo made this one interesting. The Angels trailed 2-1 after six innings before rallying in the seventh by scoring three times in modest fashion, including three singles. Sam Swenson scored after reaching first base by getting hit by a pitch.
The Angels put three more runs on the board in the eighth inning, highlighted by a pair of doubles from Dallas McPherson and Mike Eylward.
Never mind that the Angels surrendered three runs themselves in the bottom of the eighth. Anything to keep the crowd entertained.
Provo's Pedro Liriano (3-0) pitched seven solid innings, allowing two earned runs and six hits while striking out seven. Kris Sutton finished it off for the Angels and earned his first save of the season.
Nick Gorneault went 3-for-3 from the plate and scored three times for Provo. McPherson and Eylward added two hits apiece.
The Angels close out their homestand tonight against Casper. A fireworks display is scheduled following the game.