July 10 – lineups, notes and things

Welcome to the first Sunday home game of the season .. the Osprey and Billings Mustangs to go at it beginning at 5 p.m. We’re on at 4:50 on AM 930, KMPT locally, and online at www.MissoulaOsprey.com.

Starting Lineups first, then to the notes of the day:

Billings Mustangs
Overall Record: 11-9
Manager: Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Kurtis Muller CF .279 1 8
23 Juan Silva LF .238 0 3
11 Devin Lohman SS .288 3 11
16 Robert Maddox 1B .242 4 9
39 Sean Buckley DH .333 5 12
15 Kyle Waldrop RF .260 0 9
23 Junior Arias 3B .176 0 5
34 Nick O’Shea C .302 2 4
4 Sammy Diaz 2B .275 0 6
27 Wes Mugarian RHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 11-9
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
30 Chris Ellison RF .307 3 12
14 Josh Parr SS .275 2 10
19 Ryan Court 3B .247 2 10
35 Jon Griffin 1B .273 2 12
11 Tom Belza 2B .388 1 5
38 Stephen Cardullo LF .327 2 12
23 Fidel Pena DH .288 1 11
24 Roidany Aguila C .260 3 10
18 Justin Bianco CF .216 1 6
37 Robby Rowland RHP
Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:
Billings Mustangs W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Wes Mugarian 1-2 5.85 4-4 20.0 24 17 13 9 25 4 .293
Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Robby Rowland 0-1 6.75 3-3 13.1 23 12 10 2 9 3 .383

Now to the game notes:
The Skinny: The Osprey – winners of seven of their last 10 games – used a pair of big innings to beat the Mustangs and jump into a first-place tie atop the Pioneer League’s North Division. It was the first win for Missoula over Billings at home this season, and it tied the season series at three games apiece, with two more games between the two teams in the first half.

Last Time Out: Read the game story here.

Tidbits: Justin Bianco entered Saturday’s game just 2-for-18 against left-handed pitching, but went 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Billings left-hander Ismael Guillon … Chris Ellison’s 2-for-2 night lifted his batting average to .307, while his two walks (giving him a Pioneer League-leading 16) moved his on-base percentage to .424. Teammate Stephen Cardullo ranks second in the PL in that category (.460) … With his eighth appearance of the season on Saturday, Frank Santana moved into the lead in two categories – appearances as well as being tied for the lead in saves (Helena’s Alan Williams also has three) … With his start on Saturday, Raymond Hernandez now ranks second in the Pioneer League in Earned Run Average (2.00).

On the Mound Today: Missoula will send out right-hander Robby Rowland as he looks to build on his last outing, which ended up an Osprey victory.  Rowland (0-1, 6.75) did allow five runs (four earned) in five innings of work, but left the game with the lead on Tuesday in Helena. Rowland has allowed opponents to hit at a .383 clip this season, but he has also surrendered just two walks in 13 1/3 innings pitched. This will be his first start against Billings this season. The Mustangs will counter with right-hander
Wes Mugarian, who will be making his first start against the Osprey this season. Mugarian (1-2, 5.85), a 5th-round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 MLB Draft, was solid in his last outing, scattering four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while allowing just two runs and collecting six strikeouts in a win at Great Falls on Tuesday. In his first three starts of the season, he posted an 0-2 record and a 6.91 ERA. In 20 innings pitched, however, Mugarian has collected 25 strikeouts.

Did you Know?: The best defensive team in Osprey history played in their last Pioneer League Championship season, in 2006. That team led the PL with a .969 fielding percentage. Good “D” doesn’t always mean titles – the 1999 PL Championship squad had a .942 fielding percentage.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (6-10) lost to the AZL Rangers, 9-4, to drop their fifth in a row, while the DSL D-backs (12-22) beat the DSL White Sox, 4-1.

Yakima (7-16) fell again by a run, this time at Eugene, 7-6. The Bears allowed just five hits and only three earned runs in the setback. Kable Hogben (2009) lowered his ERA to 0.53 with two more shutout innings of relief, Henry Zabala (2009) had two hits, and David Narodowski (2009) had two runs scored without a hit – he collected three walks.

South Bend (5-11, 39-46) lost to Dayton, 4-1. Raywilly Gomez (2009) had two hits, while Roberto Rodriguez (2010) added
a base hit for the Silver Hawks. Jeff Shields (2010) pitched well enough to win, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work, but the Hawks’ defense committed four errors in the loss – including two by Shields. Jeremy Erben (2010) pitched a solid inning of relief.

Visalia (10-7, 41-45) took a 7-4 decision from Lake Elsinore. Keon Broxton (2009) had two hits in three trips, plus a walk, and two stolen bases, while David Nick (2009) and Rossmel Perez (2008) each added a base hit. Diogenes Rosario (2009) pitched seven solid innings for the win, and Mike Belfiore (2009) struggled in the ninth, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, but also struck out two and held on to finish off the game.

Mobile (13-4, 51-36) had no problem playing without Paul Goldschmidt (2009) – away from the team to play in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday – and rapped out 18 hits in a 10-4 win over Mississippi. Tom Layne (2007) picked up the win with seven solid innings, and helped his own cause with a run-scoring double. Taylor Harbin (2007) had three hits, while Adam Eaton (2010) set the trend with a leadoff home run, kick-starting a six-run first inning. Eaton added a triple, scored twice and plated a pair of runs. The BayBears are 8-0 since Eaton was added to the roster. Clay Zavada (2006) allowed a run in two innings of relief work, with two strikeouts.

Reno (52-36) beat Tacoma, 14-5. Jordan Norberto (2006) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out three batters.

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Tacoma
AA Mobile vs. Mississippi
A Adv. Visalia at Lake Elsinore – Eric Smith (2009) gets the start for the Rawhide.
A South Bend at Dayton – Bradin Hagens (2009) makes the start for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Eugene
AZL D-backs – off day
DSL D-backs – off day

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