June 2011

June 29, Part 2

Great Falls lineup …
Millender CF
Herbek SS
De Pinto 2B
Pangilinan 1B
Earley LF
Haddow RF
Jacquot C
Patino 3B
Douglas DH
Walters LHP

By the way … outfielder Chris Ellison is the pre-game guest …

News and notes from the … Game Notes …

Defense doesn’t rest for Court:
Ryan Court continues to work hard on his defense, and made a splendid play on a ball Monday night to turn a double into an out. On Tuesday, the bat came to life again for Court, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a solo home run, his second of the season. Both of Court’s homers have come at home, and have gone out to right field. The effort boosted Court’s average to a healthy .278, and played error-free baseball in the series with the Mustangs.

K-riffic:
This is beginning to become a hot topic – Osprey pitching and their uncanny ability to induce strikeouts. Thanks to their 15-K night, the Osprey pitching staff now has 101 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings pitched, or a ratio of 10.61 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. While it is still early, that would put the club ahead of the record set by the 2005 staff of 9.14 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. That staff was led by 2005 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Greg Smith, who fanned 100 batters in 86 innings pitched.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The DSL D-backs (10-15) scored twice in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the DSL Reds on Tuesday, 8-7. Former Osprey outfielder Alan Santiago (2009) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the game, and laid down a key sac bunt in the 9th. Santiago raised his average to .279 with the effort.

The Arizona League D-backs (4-3) dropped an 8-3 decision to the AZL Cubs on Tuesday. Domingo Soriano (2010) continues to swing the bat well, now hitting .318 with three doubles and four RBIs.

SS-A Yakima (4-8) won at Spokane on Tuesday, 7-5. Catcher Jae Yun Kim (2009-10) hit a solo home run in his 2-for-4 effort, while reigning Northwest League Pitcher of the Week, Kable Hogben (2009) allowed a run – his first of the season – in two innings of work. Hogben watched his ERA rise to … 0.90.

Class A South Bend (3-2, 37-37) used seven more scoreless innings from left-hander David Holmberg (2010) and two-hit nights from former Osprey Ender Inciarte (2009), Raywilly Gomez (2009) and Chris Jarrett (2010) in a 7-1 win over West Michigan on Tuesday.

Class A Advanced Visalia (2-3, 33-41) knocked out Inland Empire, 6-2, thanks to six solid innings from right-hander Derek Eitel (2010) and big nights at the plate from David Nick (2009), who had three hits, Bobby Borchering (2009) and Keon Broxton (2009), who each had two hits, including a home run.  Eitel fanned eight in six innings, while left-hander Taylor Sinclair (2008) added five K’s to his night, which spanned two innings. And Adam Eaton (2010) went 0-for-2, with two times being hit by a pitch. He has been hit by a pitch 14 times this season.

Double-A Mobile (3-3, 41-35) scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat Montgomery, 9-8. Paul Goldschmidt (2009) had two RBIs, jumping his total to 69 for the season, while both Jake Elmore and Ollie Linton, 2008 Osprey teammates, each singled and doubled. Josh Ellis (2007) picked up the win in relief, while Bryan Henry (2007) collected his first save.

Triple-A Reno (47-32) had their game with Sacramento rained out.

Schedule:
AAA Reno has an off-day on Wednesday.
AA Mobile vs. Montgomery
A Adv. Visalia vs. Inland Empire – Right-hander Diogenes Rosario (2009) gets a chance to improve on his 4-1 mark.
A South Bend at West Michigan – Right-hander Jeff Shields (2010) gets the call for the Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Spokane
AZL D-backs at AZL Dodgers
DSL D-backs at DSL Twins

Lineups, bus delays and awards, to name a few

Let’s begin with the following … the Osprey lineup:
Chris Ellison CF
josh Parr SS
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Stephen Cardullo DH
Eric Groff 2B
Roidany Aguila C
Jeremia Gomez RF
Westley Moss LF
Dexter Price RHP

We don’t have the Great Falls lineup as of yet … because the team is late in arriving. We will post that, and the rest of today’s notes, when we receive it.

One other quick mention though … former Osprey Kable Hogben (2009) was named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Hogben has allowed just one run in 10 innings of work this season.

Starting lineups for 6/28, Roster moves and more stuff …

Here’s tonight’s lineups:

Missoula (3-5)
Chris Ellison RF
Josh Parr SS
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Stephen Cardullo DH
Eric Groff 2B
Fidel Pena C
Justin Bianco CF
Westley Moss LF
Taylor Siemens LHP

Billings (4-4)
Dayne Read CF
Devin Lohman SS
Robert Maddox 1B
Drew Poulk LF
Nick O’Shea C
Kyle Waldrop RF
Junior Arias 3B
Danny Vicioso DH
Sammy Diaz 2B
Kyle McMyne RHP

Pre-game interview is Mike Bell, part 2 … we’re on at 6:50 MT.

Now to the news of the day:
– Robby Rowland is bouncing around like he normally does. He is slated to start on Thursday, but that is provided he is ready to go. Raymond Hernandez is ready to go if needed, and will likely pitch on Thursday no matter what.

– The D-backs made a roster move, sending down a pair of Osprey pitchers to Triple-A Reno. Both Esmerling Vasquez and Bryan Shaw head back to the minors. Vasquez (2004) posted a 1-1 record and 4.15 ERA (14 ER in 30.1 IP) with 13 walks and 20 strikeouts in 31 games with the D-backs. Shaw (2007) posted a 4.15 ERA (2 ER in 4.1 IP) with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts over 5 games with the D-backs in his first stint in the Majors.

Notes from the … yeah, game notes …

Mr. Versatility:
He’s listed as an infielder, but Tom Belza can play just about anywhere. And the bat is showing signs of coming to life as well. Belza made a start at second base on Monday, and collected a pair of hits and a RBI. Already this season, Belza, who has a .286 batting average in his first four games this season, has played at first and second base, but will likely see time at every infield and outfield position before the end of the season.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The DSL D-backs (9-15) lost at the DSL Rockies, 2-0. Former Osprey outfielder Alan Santiago (2009) went 0-for-3, as his average slipped to .262 for the season.

The Arizona League D-backs (4-2) picked up a 6-0 win over the AZL Athletics on Monday. Former Osprey pitcher Blake Perry (2010) has made two starts, posting a 1.80 ERA, with seven strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.

SS-A Yakima fell to 3-8 after a 10-0 loss to Tri-City on Monday. Former Osprey shortstop Raul Navarro (2010) had one of the Bears’ five hits on the night, while relief pitcher Justin Albert (2010) pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Class A South Bend (2-2, 36-37) picked up a win, while former Osprey right-handed pitcher Kevin Eichhorn (2008-10) had a good night for West Michigan. Eichhorn (5-3, 3.45 ERA) took a shutout into the ninth inning, but was charged with two runs while allowing just five hits and a walk, and collected five strikeouts. Outfielder Chris Jarrett (2010) had three hits and a run scored, while Roberto Rodriguez (2010) plated a run in the 4-2, 11-inning Hawks win.

Class A Advanced Visalia (1-3, 32-41) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Inland Empire, 4-3.  Adam Eaton (2010) hit a solo home run to start the rally for the Rawhide, while Bobby Borchering (2009) added a base hit and scored on a three-run homer. Right-handed reliever Christian Beltre (2007) struck out the only batter he faced to pick up the win (3-3, 3.34), while Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his eighth save.

Double-A Mobile (2-3, 40-35) managed to use a double and two RBIs by Paul Goldschmidt (2009) and two RBIs by Taylor Harbin (2007) to beat Mississippi, 7-4. Jake Elmore (2008) added two hits and two runs scored, while Josh Ellis (2007) picked up the win in relief of starter Jarrod Parker (2007).

Triple-A Reno (47-32) received a strong start from left-hander Tom Layne (2007) in a 9-2 win at Sacramento on Monday. Layne improved to 7-3 with the effort. Jordan Norberto (2006) added a solid scoreless inning in relief.

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Sacramento
AA Mobile vs. Montgomery
A Adv. Visalia vs. Inland Empire
A South Bend at West Michigan
SS-A Yakima vs. Tri-City
AZL D-backs vs. AZL Cubs
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Reds

Starting Lineups and the latest updates

First, starting lineups:
Missoula (3-4)
Chris Ellison LF
Josh Parr SS
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Stephen Cardullo DH
Tom Belza 2B
Fidel Pena C
Jeremia Gomez RF
Justin Bianco CF
Jesse Darrah RHP

Billings (3-4)
Kurtis Muller CF
Juan Silva LF
Devin Lohman SS
Robert Maddox 1B
Sean Buckley DH
Kyle Waldrop RF
Junior Arias 3B
Sammy Diaz 2B
Yovan Gonzalez C
Radhames Quezada RHP

Today’s pre-game interview is likely going to be Stephen Cardullo. If it’s not him, we’ll air Part 2 of my interview with D-backs Director of Player Development Mike Bell.

Now, to the other stuff … first, the bumps from Thursday night. All is much better. The most we can tell you is that we’ll have an update on tonight’s broadcast on the situation.

Items from Today’s Game Notes:

Stat Line of the Weekend:
Talk about a season debut. IF Stephen Cardullo made his first 2011 appearance on Friday, and the Florida State product – who hit just .172 in 20 games with the Osprey in 2010 – made quite a statement. Cardullo went 7-for-11 in the series (.636), with three doubles, a home run, and four RBIs. Cardullo was the DH on Friday then showed his defensive versatility by playing at shortstop on Saturday and at third base on Sunday, where he made a diving stop of a line drive to cut short a Voyager big inning in the second.

K-riffic:
The pace may have slowed a bit, but the Osprey pitching staff still has been striking out the opposition at an impressive pace. Entering this homestand, the Missoula arms have collected 76 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings pitched – which works out to be 10.25 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. While it is still early, that would put the club ahead of the record set by the 2005 staff of 9.14 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. That staff was led by 2005 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Greg Smith, who fanned 100 batters in 86 innings pitched.

And … finally …
Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
SS-A Yakima is now 3-7 after a 6-5 win over Tri-City on Sunday. Outfielder Henry Zabala (2009) is having a solid start to the season, hitting .283 with a homer and four RBIs … Right-handed pitcher Alex Capaul (2011) has allowed just three hits and has struck out a pair in his two outings, spanning five innings of work.

Class A South Bend (1-2, 35-37) will face former Osprey right-handed pitcher Kevin Eichhorn (2008-10) and West Michigan tonight. Eichhorn (5-3, 3.59 ERA) is 1-0 in two starts against the Silver Hawks this season, and has won his last three decisions … Hawks Left-handed pitcher David Holmberg (2010) has pitched 27 consecutive scoreless innings.

Class A Advanced Visalia (1-3, 32-41) could not outscore High Desert on Sunday, falling 15-13. While outfielder Adam Eaton (2010) has been slowed a bit, he is still in the Top 10 in the California League in hitting (.339, 7th) and is 3rd in the Cal League in on-base percentage (.457) … Third baseman Bobby Borchering (2009) leads the club with 14 home runs, and is second with 54 RBIs while posting a .271 batting average … Second baseman David Nick (2009) also has posted solid numbers – a .279 batting average, 14 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 28 RBIs while committing just seven errors in 69 games.

Double-A Mobile (1-2, 39-34) had their game suspended due to a power outage at Mississippi. The Braves lead 4-1 in the 9th inning. Goldy Watch: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt (2009) is hitting .316 at the moment, with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs. He leads the minors in home runs, and also leads the Southern League in RBIs, on-base percentage (.436), slugging percentage (.636), OPS (1.072), runs scored (57), total bases (169) walks (56) and intentional walks (11).

Triple-A Reno (46-32) took care of Sacramento, 9-2 on Sunday … utility man Kyle Greene (2008)is hitting .282 in 16 games with the Aces, with six RBIs … Among the current pitchers on the staff, left-hander Tom Layne (2007) is second on the squad with six wins (6-3, 6.53).

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Sacramento
AA Mobile at Mississippi – Jarrod Parker (2007) gets the call for the BayBears
A Adv. Visalia vs. Inland Empire
A South Bend at West Michigan
SS-A Yakima vs. Tri-City
AZL D-backs (3-2) at AZL Padres
DSL D-backs (9-14) at DSL Rockies

Back at you tomorrow …

The alternate blues are on today …

They have been waiting to wear them … and today, they get to …

We’ll see how it goes …

Starting Lineups

Missoula (3-3)
Chris Ellison LF
Josh Parr SS
Stephen Cardullo 3B
Eric Groff DH
Jeremia Gomez RF
Roidany Aguila C
Fidel Pena 2B
Tom Belza 1B
Justin Bianco CF
Enrique Burgos RHP

Great Falls (2-4)
Millender CF
Patino 3B
Haddow RF
Pangilinan DH
Thorpe LF
Jacquot C
Herbek SS
Medina 1B
Douglas 2B
McCray RHP

Mike Bell is the interview during the pre-game, which is on now.

Starting Lineups – and Breaking News

First – Robby Rowland has been scratched from tonight’s start. He is apparently still showing concussion symptoms, although he is feeling fine and acting normal. Rowland was struck in the face by a thrown ball during Thursday’s early warm-up work, one of five Osprey who were injured on the day.

Speaking of those others – Jeremia Gomez is fine, and played last night. Both Westley Moss and Ty Linton did not participate in throwing activities (going on now), so they will likely not be available tonight. Matt Jensen did get treatment on his knee injury, and is beginning to walk a bit, but will not be available for a few days.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

Missoula (2-3)
Chris Ellison LF
Stephen Cardullo SS
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Jeremia Gomez LF
Eric Groff 2B
Roidany Aguila C
Bryan Henry DH – making his professional debut
Justin Bianco CF
Raymond Hernandez RHP – making his Osprey debut. He pitched an inning for the Arizona League D-backs, allowing a hit and a wild pitch while striking out two batters. He will more than likely be on a pitch count.

Great Falls (2-3)
Millender CF
DePinto 2B
Haddow DH
Pangilinan 1B
Earley LF
Thorpe RF
Patino 3B
Puentes SS
Tanner C
Pete Gehle LHP

Starting Lineups – June 24, and Notes …

The Lineups, then some items from tonight’s game notes ….

Helena (2-1)
Robbie Garvey CF
Yadiel Rivera SS
Jason Rogers 1B
Joey Paciorek DH
Max Walla RF
Parker Berberet C
Kyle Dhanani 3B
John Dishon LF
Adrian Williams 2B
Andy Moye – RHP

Missoula (1-2)
Josh Parr SS
Matt Jensen 2B
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Tyler Linton LF
Tom Belza DH
Jeremia Gomez RF
Fidel Pena C
Westley Moss CF
Taylor Siemens – LHP

Talked to Taylor a few minutes ago … he’s relaxed and ready to go.

Not 100% sure about who will be on the Pre-Game show today. Likely to be manager Hector De La Cruz. It’s one of those things that has been pushed back for the moment due to some great Osprey news. More on that in an earlier post.

From the Game Notes:

DEEE-FENSE: The Osprey also had a hand in preserving the win with defense. Shortstop Josh Parr made two stellar plays, third baseman Ryan Court also helped out with the glove and arm, and Fidel Pena helped the Osprey recover from an error to get the final out in the top of the eighth, as the Missoula catcher backed up on a throw by Court to first, and, from the Helena bullpen down the right-field line, threw to second as Helena’s Doug Elliot tried to pick up a base on the miscue.

K-riffic: Osprey pitching has not only allowed Missoula to stay in every game this season, but they have taken advantage of Helena’s aggressive style at the plate. In the first three games of the season, Osprey pitchers have struck out 33 in 28 innings of work, including a season-high 12 on Wednesday. That equates to a strikeouts-per-9 innings pitched ratio of 10.61. To give you an idea of a full season, the average Osprey staff’s Ks per 9 IP is just over 8.00, and the club record was set in 2005 – a staff led by former Major League pitcher and Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Greg Smith – at 9.14 K’s per 9 innings.

On the Mound tonight: Missoula will send out left-hander Taylor Siemens in the series finale tonight. Siemens was named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, helping Cal Baptist win the conference regular-season title. Siemens was a two-time 1st team All-GSAC and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, posting a 9-2 mark with a 2.93 ERA this past spring, striking out 91 batters in 101 1/3 innings pitched. The Brewers counter with right-hander Andy Moye, a 15th round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by Milwaukee out of Georgia Southern. This past spring, Moye was 7-2 with a 2.39 ERA.

Goldy to play in Futures Game

Paul Goldschmidt (’09 Osprey) has been selected to play in the MLB Futures Game, which will take place on July 10 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Goldschmidt is one of two D-backs’ prospects to be selected for the game, with Visalia left-hander Tyler Skaggs being the other. Read the full story and check out the rosters here.

Starting Lineups – June 21 at Helena

Here’s tonight’s starting lineups:
Missoula (0-1)
Josh Parr SS
Justin Bianco CF
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Eric Groff DH
Ty Linton LF
Roidany Aguila C
Matt Jensen 2B
Chris Ellison RF

Enrique Burgos RHP

Helena (1-0)
Robbie Garvey CF
Yadiel Rivera SS
Max Walla RF
Joey Paciorek DH
Jason Rogers LF
Parker Berberet 1B
Kyle Dhanani 3B
Brent Dean C
Adrian Williams 2B

Brandon Williamson RHP

Tonight’s pre-game interview is with former Osprey Andy Green, who is now the manager of the Arizona League Diamondbacks. Pre-game begins at 6:40, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Head to the online home of the Osprey to listen online.

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