Pinch yourself, it is six in a row

OK, 30 days before the home opener, 28 days before the season opener and not much longer before the Osprey office will be fully moved into their new location at the new MSO Hub. And after the first sneak peek, it looks awesome.

– Just in case you missed it, the D-backs have won six games in a row. It’s their longest win streak since the 2008 season. If they want to make it seven straight, they will have to get it done against Jorge De La Rosa (1999), Carlos Gonzalez (2003) and the Colorado Rockies. They’ll play two on Tuesday.

Great story on Paul Goldschmidt (2009) courtesy of Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Note the headline. There’s also some interesting nuggets in this blog entry from that story – extras that Nick could not work into the original piece.

– Here’s the weekend minors update from AZ SnakePit – Saturday offered another Goldschmidt tater (he now has 15), and Friday’s includes a good night for the former Osprey with the Rawhide.

– Over the weekend, the D-backs made some moves in the minor leagues involving former Osprey players … one of them was promoting closer Bryan Shaw (2008) to Triple-A Reno, to fill the roster spot for DL’d Jordan Norberto (2006). To take Shaw’s place on the Double-A Mobile roster, left-hander Taylor Sinclair (2008) was promoted from Class A Advanced Visalia. And, in an expected move, right-hander Enrique Burgos (2009) was sent back to Extended Spring Training, as lefty Tyler Green came off of South Bend’s disabled list.

– The Pittsburgh Pirates also made a move over the weekend involving a former Osprey … infielder Pedro Ciriaco (2005) is back with the club, as third-baseman Pedro Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Ciriaco’s promotion is a bit of a surprise, since he was only hitting .190 in 36 games with Triple-A Indianapolis, but the Pirates, at the moment, may need his versatility more than anything, since he can play any position other than pitcher or catcher.

– Speaking of the Pirates, more on Lyle Overbay’s season to date is here, and let’s hope that he has found that part of his swing that didn’t come north from Florida with the rest of him after Spring Training ended.

– Former Osprey catcher JD Closser (1999) went 2-for-8 in two games for the Albuquerque Isotopes (LA DOdgers) in their recent four-game series with Reno. Closser hit a two-run homer in Friday’s game, then added a single on Saturday. Closser is hitting .292 for the season, with four home runs and 18 RBIs.

Minor League Update:

– Triple-A Reno: The Aces dropped a 3-1 decision on Sunday at Albuquerque. Tom Layne (2007) pitched an inning, and allowed a run on two hits for the Aces.

– Double-A Mobile: The BayBears dropped their fourth straight game on Sunday, a 4-2 setback to the Tennessee Smokies. Charles Brewer (2009) allowed just a run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched, but the bullpen could not hold a slim 2-1 lead. Clay Zavada (2006) also allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth inning. At the plate, both Ollie Linton (2008) and Goldschmidt had a base hit apiece, while Taylor Harbin (2007) went 0-for-2 with two walks.

– Class A Advanced Visalia: Well, Eric Smith (2009) had one of his better starts working, until the sixth inning. That’s when the High Desert Mavericks managed to get to Smith, scoring seven runs off of the right-hander in a 9-4 Rawhide setback on Sunday. Bobby Borchering (2009) had two hits and a RBI, Adam Eaton (2010) had a double and two RBIs, Chris Owings (2009) doubled, stole a base and scored twice, while Keon Broxton (2009) also had a hit and a steal. David Nick (2009) added a base hit and a run scored for the Rawhide.

– Class A South Bend: David Holmberg (2010) struggled in his start, but it enabled Keith Cantwell (2009) to pick up his first win as a SilverHawk, as South Bend outscored Great Lakes, 10-7, on Sunday. Cantwell scattered four hits while allowing a run and collecting a pair of strikeouts in the win. Matt Helm (2009-10) had two hits and three RBIs, while Ramon Castillo (2009) collected a hit and two RBIs. Roberto Rodriguez (2010) chipped in with a double and two runs scored.

Today’s games (and Osprey probables):
AAA Reno (26-18) at Round Rock.
AA Mobile (23-19) at Tennessee.
A Adv. Visalia (20-24) is currently playing (as of 2 p.m.) against High Desert. Derek Eitel (2010) gets the start for the Rawhide.
A South Bend (20-24) at Great Lakes – Jeff Shields (2010) gets the call for the Hawks

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