The lineups ….
|2011 Pioneer League Baseball
Great Falls Voyagers at Missoula Osprey
Starting Lineups — July 1, 2011
Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
|Great Falls Voyagers
Overall Record: 5-6
Manager: Ryan Newman
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Overall Record: 4-7
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
The Notes ….
PEANUTS!!!: The success the Osprey have had in the “Peanut Inning” this season has made Osprey fans long for more. Through six home games, the Osprey have scored in the bottom of the sixth inning three times this season – which means in those three games, the loudest fans in the park get a free bag of peanuts. Jon Griffin’s home run in the home half of the sixth on Thursday ended a three-game drought.
Back on the Road Again: After tonight’s game, the Osprey will break out for a five-game road trip, including a series which will have a pair of day games. Missoula heads to Billings for a three-game set – Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and a rare 2:05 Monday afternoon contest – before playing a two-game set in Helena. A five-game homestand follows before the Osprey get an off-day – July 12, when the team will embark on a seven-game swing through Casper and Idaho Falls.
On the Mound tonight: Missoula will send out right-hander Enrique Burgos in search of his first win of the season. Burgos (0-1, 8.00) has struggled in his first two outings this season, but has traditionally been a slow starter – he was 2-0 in September 2009 for the Osprey, and was 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA with Yakima in August and September last season. The Voyagers counter with right-hander Stephen McCray, who has also been bumped around a bit this season. McCray is currently 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA, and gave up four runs on nine hits in four innings of work against the Osprey in his last start on Sunday.
The Alumni Update ….
The DSL D-backs (10-16) lost to the DSL Padres on Thursday, 15-7.
The Arizona League D-backs (4-4) did not play on Thursday.
SS-A Yakima (4-10) dropped a 6-4 setback to Spokane on Thursday. Raul Navarro (2010) had another two-hit night to raise his batting average to .222.
Class A South Bend (4-3, 38-38) won at Lake County on Thursday, 4-2, thanks to a four-run 8th inning rally. Roberto Rodriguez (2010) doubled and also reached base in the rally, while Ramon Castillo (2009) and Ender Inciarte (2009) drove in runs in the rally. Bradin Hagens (2010) allowed just a hit in three innings of work, while the back third of the game was handled by former Osprey Dan Taylor (2010), who picked up the win; Keith Cantwell (2009) and Blake Cooper (2010), who notched his eighth save.
Class A Advanced Visalia (4-3, 35-41) needed 11 innings, and a wild pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th, to beat Inland Empire on Thursday, 6-5. Keon Broxton (2009) continued his recent tear with a two-hit night, while Adam Eaton (2010) went 1-for-3 with three walks, including one in the 11th inning rally His .461 on-base percentage is not only second in the California League, it’s also ranks second in all of minor league baseball. The former Osprey ruled the mound – Eric Smith (2009) had a decent start, but Mike Belfiore (2009), Christian Beltre (2007), Taylor Sinclair (2008) and eventual winning pitcher Yonata Ortega (2007) combined for six shutout innings, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out five batters.
Double-A Mobile (5-3, 43-35) used a three-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt (2009) to help beat Montgomery on Thursday, 7-6. Goldy now carries a .317 batting average, has a minor league-leading 25 home runs and has 74 RBIs (tied for 2nd in all of the minors) in 78 games.
Triple-A Reno (48-32) beat Salt Lake on Thursday, 9-6. Esmerling Vasquez (2004) allowed a pair of runs on a hit and a walk in his inning of work, while Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched around a hit in the ninth to secure his fourth save of the season at the Triple-A level.
AAA Reno vs. Salt Lake
AA Mobile vs. Montgomery
A Adv. Visalia vs. Inland Empire
A South Bend at Lake County – Right-hander JR Bradley (2010) gets the ball tonight for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima vs. Boise – Randy Hamrick (2010) gets the call for the Bears tonight.
AZL D-backs vs. AZL Angels
DSL D-backs at DSL White Sox