Today’s Lineups and Notes
First… the lineup sheet:
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On to the notes:
The Skinny: The Osprey had their four-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Brewers on Thursday, and will look to even the season series with a win tonight in the final game the two teams will play against each other in the first half of the season. In the first seven games, Helena has won four of seven, and six of the seven have been decided by a single run.
Last Time Out: The Missoula Osprey had their chance to jump into a first-place tie in the Pioneer League’s North Division, but Parker Berberet and the Helena Brewers had other ideas on Thursday in front of 2,001 witnesses at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The Brewers scored twice in the top of the seventh, and Berberet’s solo home run off of Victor Lara with two out in the top of the 11th inning lifted Helena to a 4-3 win, and back into a tie for second place with the Osprey. It looked as though extra innings would
not be needed, thanks to a solid start by Osprey starter Jesse Darrah. In his best start as a professional, Darrah pitched six innings of four-hit ball, allowing just a single run and two walks while striking out a career high eight batters. Darrah has now fanned 15 batters in his last 11 innings of work. The Osprey would take a 2-0 lead in the third, thanks to a run-scoring single by Josh Parr, and a RBI single by Ryan Court, who would finish with three of Missoula’s nine hits on the night. After the Brewers manufactured a run in the fourth off of Darrah – on a walk, a groundout and two wild pitches – the Osprey would answer in the sixth, on back-to-back doubles from Court and Jon Griffin, giving the Osprey a 3-1 lead. Johan Jaime came on in the seventh for Missoula and struggled, giving up three straight hits that led to two Helena runs that tied the game. DJ Johnson made his Osprey debut in the eighth, and retired all six batters he faced.
Holding Court: Ryan Court had an off-day and watched his Osprey teammates win in Helena on Wednesday. He took advantage of getting placed back into the lineup on Thursday, and responded with a three-hit game. The effort bumped Court’s average to .258, and he also managed to collect his team-leading fifth double and 10th extra-base hit in the contest. Court also joins Stephen Cardullo (12) and Griffin (11) with double-digit runs batted in, plating his 10th run of the season in the third inning on Thursday.
Don’t Run On Me: The Osprey catchers have been quite successful throwing out potential base-stealers this season. In fact, Roidany Aguila leads the Pioneer League in that department, throwing out eight of a possible 14 base-stealers – recording outs at a 57.1% clip. Aguila threw out a pair of baserunners in the same inning (the top of the 5th) on Thursday.
On the Mound Tonight: Missoula will send out right-hander Conrad Flynn as he makes his first start of the season. Flynn (2-0, 2.92) has pitched effectively in his 12 1/3 innings of work, allowing just four runs while scattering 11 hits and three walks, with 15 strikeouts. He will alternate with left-hander Taylor Siemens (1-0, 2.19) in the starting rotation. Siemens will also pitch for the Osprey tonight. The Brewers will counter with right-hander Andy Moye, who is the reigning Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week. Moye (2-0, 1.93) has fanned 16 batters in 14 innings pitched, while scattering 12 hits and a walk, surrendering just three runs on the season. Both of Moye’s wins have come against Great Falls.
Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (6-8) lost on Wednesday to the AZL Athletics, 4-3.
When the DSL D-backs (10-21) lost to the DSL Reds, 6-0, on Wednesday, they had just one hit – delivered by former Osprey Alan Santiago (2009). No update was available on their Thursday game with the DSL Twins.
Yakima (6-15) lost to Eugene on Thursday, 5-2. Henry Zabala (2009) singled, doubled and scored a run for the Bears, while Sammy De Los Santos (2009-10) provided two innings of shutout relief, allowing just one hit and collecting three strikeouts.
South Bend (5-9, 39-44) lost to Great Lakes, 7-1, on Thursday. In this game, former Osprey pitcher Patrick Schuster (2009-10) was ejected after he hit Loons first baseman Chris Jacobs with a pitch, which ignited a bench-clearing brawl. It should be noted
that Jacobs ran through catcher Ramon Castillo (2009) when Castillo had jumped into the air to field a throw, which caused Castillo to leave the game. Schuster hit Jacobs in the leg with the first pitch following that incident. Two Great Lakes players and both managers were also ejected. Schuster was among four former Osprey pitchers providing shutout relief out of the bullpen
for the Silver Hawks – including Blake Cooper (2010), Eury De La Rosa (2009) and Victor Capellan (2009).
Roberto Rodriguez (2010) had one of the six South Bend hits.
Visalia (8-7, 39-45) used three former Osprey pitchers in relief, and a double and two RBIs from former Osprey infielder David Nick (2009) to beat Lake Elsinore, 5-3. Derek Eitel (2010) pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings of relief, surrendering just two walks and collecting three strikeouts, to pick up the win. Taylor Sinclair (2008) retired the only batter he faced, and Yonata Ortega (2007) finished up the night, despite allowing a pair of ninth-inning runs.
Mobile (11-4, 49-36) continues to roll, beating Birmingham, 9-4, for their sixth straight win. Adam Eaton (2010) had a typical Adam Eaton night – going 1-for-2 at the plate, scoring a run, driving in a run, and getting hit by three pitches. Eaton is now hitting .320 in the six games since being promoted to Mobile on July 2. Paul Goldschmidt (2009) went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and his 77th RBI, while Jake Elmore (2008) added two hits and two runs scored. That was enough to back the pitching of Jarrod Parker (2007), who allowed just two hits and two walks in five shutout innings.
Reno (51-35) beat Tacoma on Thursday, 4-3. Jordan Norberto (2006) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to earn his sixth win in seven decisions, while Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his sixth save with the Aces.
AAA Reno at Tacoma
AA Mobile vs. Mississippi
A Adv. Visalia at Lake Elsinore
A South Bend vs. Great Lakes
SS-A Yakima at Eugene
AZL D-backs vs. AZL Indians
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Twins