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

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