Tonight’s Lineups and notes of the day – July 9

Welcome to the battle for first place in the Pioneer League North. Tonight’s lineups:

Billings Mustangs
Overall Record: 11-8
Manager: Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Kurtis Muller CF .298 1 8
23 Juan Silva LF .243 0 3
21 Drew Poulk RF .374 2 8
16 Robert Maddox 1B .242 4 9
39 Sean Buckley 3B .321 4 10
24 Junior Arias DH .167 0 5
4 Sammy Diaz 2B .278 0 5
19 Yovan Gonzalez C .237 1 9
17 Cirstobal Rodriguez SS .308 0 0
57 Ismael Guillon LHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 10-9
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
30 Chris Ellison RF .288 3 9
14 Josh Parr SS .276 2 9
19 Ryan Court 3B .261 2 10
35 Jon Griffin 1B .278 2 12
38 Stephen Cardullo LF .333 2 12
12 Eric Groff 2B .279 0 7
23 Fidel Pena C .292 1 11
18 Justin Bianco CF .186 1 4
16 Bryan Henry DH .143 1 2
43 Raymond Hernandez RHP
Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:
Billings Mustangs W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Ismael Guillon 0-1 8.44 3-3 10.2 12 12 10 14 8 3 .300
Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Raymond Hernandez 2-0 2.77 3-1 13.0 8 4 4 2 10 3 .174

Now to the notes of the day:

The Skinny: The Osprey – winners of seven of their last nine games – knocked out Helena with a late home run, and now look to try and take on the Billings Mustangs, who have won both games here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field this season, but lost two of three at Dehler Park last weekend.

Griffin Heats Up: Jon Griffin is starting to get settled in at the plate. For the second time this week, Griffin collected three hits in a game, and has put together a modest four-game hit streak. Griffin is 8-for-20 on the week (that includes an 0-for-4 effort on July 4 at Billings), with a home run and five RBIs, helping the Osprey to four wins in those five games. Since the mini-streak began, Griffin has improved his batting average from .214 to .278, and is one of five Osprey players with double figures in runs batted in,
sharing the team-high honors with Stephen Cardullo with 12 each.

Tidbits: The Osprey are 1-4 in extra-inning games, with four of those five extended games coming against Helena … Despite his rocky outing on Friday, Osprey right-hander Conrad Flynn is now 4th in the league among qualifying pitchers in opponent’s batting average (.224).

On the Mound Tonight: Missoula will send out right-hander Raymond Hernandez as he makes his first home start of the season, and second overall.  Hernandez (2-0, 2.77) has been solid in his 13 innings of work, allowing just four runs and eight hits, three of the runs were home runs, and has fanned 10 batters. He allowed just four hits in a five-inning start at Great Falls in his last start – which was his Osprey debut on June 25. He will alternate with right-hander Dexter Price (0-0, 9.75) for now in the starting rotation. The Mustangs will counter with left-hander Ismael Guillon, who has allowed 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched. The Osprey scored six runs (four earned) in four-plus innings off of Guillon in Billings on July 4.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (6-9) were shut out by the AZL Indians on Friday, 14-0.

The DSL D-backs (11-22) lost to the DSL Padres on Friday, 7-3. In their 14-4 win over the DSL Twins on Thursday, former Osprey outfielder Alan Santiago (2009) had a 2-for-4 game with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Yakima (7-15) needed 13 innings to beat Eugene on Friday, 3-2. A trio of former Osprey pitchers provided solid outings on the bump – Teo Guitterez (2010) allowed just an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings pitched, striking out eight batters, while Miles Reagan (2007-08) and Justin Albert (2010) combined for 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

South Bend (5-10, 39-45) lost to Great Lakes, 4-1. Ender Inciarte (2009) had two hits, while both Raywilly Gomez (2009) and Roberto Rodriguez (2010) added base hits for the Silver Hawks. Dan Taylor (2010) pitched a solid three innings of relief, allowing just an earned run on four hits, with three strikeouts, lowering his ERA out of the bullpen this season to an impressive 1.97.

Visalia (9-7, 40-45) took advantage of their newest edition – left-handed starting pitcher David Holmberg (2010) – and took down Lake Elsinore, 5-3. Holmberg, promoted after posting a 34-inning scoreless streak at South Bend, bounced back against
the team who ended his scoreless streak on July 3. Holmberg allowed just five hits and a walk in seven innings of work, while Adam Worthington (2009) picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth inning. Bobby Borchering (2009) had
two hits, while Keon Broxton (2009) added a hit and two RBIs.

Mobile (12-4, 50-36) won their seventh straight game, beating Mississippi in a slugfest, 14-9. Adam Eaton (2010) was among four former Osprey with a base hit – Eaton tripled, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Paul Goldschmidt (2009) also plated a run and scored twice, while Taylor Harbin (2007) added a double, a run scored and a RBI, and Jake Elmore
(2008)
added a run scored. Josh Ellis (2007) was the lone BayBears pitcher to not allow a run in the game, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Reno (51-36) lost to Tacoma on Friday, 3-2. Former Osprey reliever Esmerling Vasquez (2004) allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and suffered his first loss since joining the Aces.

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Tacoma
AA Mobile vs. Mississippi – Tom Layne (2007) will get the ball tonight for the BayBears.
A Adv. Visalia at Lake Elsinore – Diogenes Rosario (2009) gets the start for the Rawhide.
A South Bend at Dayton – Jeff Shields (2010) makes the start for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Eugene
AZL D-backs at AZL Rangers
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Twins

DEE-FENSE:

Here are the team fielding percentages in the Pioneer League
(through July 8):

Team

Pct.

Missoula

.975

Orem

.970

Great Falls

.969

Helena

.965

Billings

.957

Casper

.949

Ogden

.946

Idaho Falls

.943

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