July 2011

Starting Lineups for July 24

Here are today’s starting lineups … kids are getting ready for the Kids Club Baseball Camp, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Then the big boys get to play …

Casper Ghosts
Overall Record: 9-23
Manager: Tony Diaz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
1 Yafistel Roja 2B .308 1 5
29 Rosell Herrera 3B .277 4 14
14 Will Swanner DH .299 7 16
30 Harold Riggins 1B .282 2 9
20 Robert De La Cruz LF .215 3 12
3 Trevor Story SS .188 1 1
9 Carl Thomore RF .216 0 7
27 Julian Yan CF .210 1 11
13 Michael Ramirez C .200 1 5
41 Ben Hughes RHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 20-12
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
30 Chris Ellison RF .270 5 18
14 Josh Parr SS .297 3 16
19 Ryan Court 3B .294 3 20
35 Jon Griffin 1B .275 5 25
12 Eric Groff 2B .355 6 21
38 Stephen Cardullo DH .338 2 15
24 Roidany Aguila C .267 7 21
18 Justin Bianco CF .200 1 10
20 Breland Brown LF .250 0 2
26 Jesse Darrah RHP

Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:

Casper Ghosts W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Ben Hughes 0-0 9.00 2-0 4.0 6 4 4 2 7 2 .333

 

Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Jesse Darrah 1-0 4.97 6-6 29.0 34 16 16 8 26 3 .304

Game time temperature will be around 90 degrees … just three days removed from snow flying (and sticking) on mountain passes west of here. A cooling trend will hit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

More news and notes …

Catchin’ you up on all things Osprey:

The Skinny: The Osprey continue their four-game series with the Casper Ghosts tonight, as they seek their fifth win in their last six games overall, and will be seeking their sixth win in their last seven tries at home.  They also will attempt to reduce their magic number to clinch a Pioneer League playoff berth.Last Time Out: Jon Griffin hit a tie-breaking home run to snap a 3-3 tie, and the bullpen gave Robby Rowland enough relief to preserve a 4-3 Missoula Osprey win over the Casper Ghosts in front of 2,343 fans on Friday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The win, combined with a loss by Billings, gives Missoula (19-12) a four-game lead in the Pioneer League’s North Division over the other three teams – Billings, Great Falls and Helena, who each have a 15-16 mark. Both the Voyagers and Brewers won their games on Friday to jump into a three-way tie for second place. The Osprey now have a magic number of four over all three teams to clinch the first-half division title, which would be their first in the first half since 1999. Rowland (2-2) won for the second time in his last three starts, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings of work. Keith Hessler tossed two innings of one-hit relief, DJ Johnson pitched a perfect eighth and Matt Sample pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season. Griffin hit a 2-0 pitch from Casper reliever Jeremiah Sammy (1-1) well over 400 feet to deep left field to snap a 3-3 tie and give the Osprey a 4-3 lead.

The streak continues … : Eric Groff extended his current hitting streak to 10 straight games, thanks to a 2-for-3 night at the plate on Friday, with both hits going for doubles. During the 10-game streak, Groff is 19-for-41 at the plate (.463), with five doubles, a triple, four home runs and 12 RBIs. It was also his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 games. The streak equals one he had from June 23-July 6 earlier this season.

Tidbits: The Osprey have won 15 of 20 games since being a season-low three games under .500 (4-7) after their loss to Great Falls on June 30 … The Osprey have hit six more home runs on the road (22) than at home (16) this season … The Osprey pitching staff has slowed from its previous pace, but is still averaging close to 10 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. The ratio is 9.95 overall, and 10.77 Ks per 9 innings pitched at home.

On the Mound Today: Missoula will send out right-hander Enrique Burgos, who is hoping to find some of the magic he has been able to bring to the mound earlier this season out for tonight’s start. Burgos (2-2, 6.83) allowed just three runs in 11 innings of work during his first two starts of the month, but has been touched up for 12 runs (10 earned) in 7 2/3 innings pitched over his last two starts. The native of Panama had his best start at home on July 1, allowing just three hits and a run in six innings of work against Great Falls. The Ghosts will counter tonight with right-hander Raul Fernandez, who has been streaky at best this season for the Ghosts. Fernandez (2-4, 10.66) is coming off of his best start of the season, against Helena on July 17, when he allowed just three hits and an earned run in five innings of work while picking up the win. Fernandez gave up 16 earned runs in his first two starts of the season, and 12 runs in the two starts prior to the outing against the Brewers.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (10-15) nearly let one get away on Friday, but hung on for a 15-14 win over the AZL Giants. The rookie D-backs had an 11-1 lead after two innings. Blake Perry (2010) started, but did not make it through the fifth inning, allowing four runs in four innings.

The DSL D-backs (17-30) lost by a 3-2 margin to the DSL Reds on Friday.

Yakima (12-22) dropped another close game on Friday, falling 3-2 in 10 innings to Boise.  Both Raul Navarro (2010) and Westley Moss (2011) each collected a base hit for the Bears, while Miles Reagan (2008-09) pitched a shutout inning of relief.

South Bend (11-16, 45-51) dropped a 6-1 decision to Clinton on Friday. Ender Inciarte (2009) went 3-for-4, while Chris Jarrett (2010) added a base hit for the Silver Hawks, who only managed five hits behind starter Bradin Hagens (2009). Blake Cooper (2010) pitched two innings of shutout relief.

Visalia (12-16, 43-54) picked up a 7-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga on Friday. Keon Broxton (2009) doubled and scored a run, while Bobby Borchering (2009) drove in a pair of runs for the Rawhide. Three former Osprey also pitched well – Dan Taylor (2010) went four innings in a rare start this season, while Taylor Sinclair (2008) and Adam Worthington (2009) picked up the final four outs.

Mobile (21-7, 59-39) had its four-game win streak end courtesy of Birmingham, 8-7, on Friday. Paul Goldschmidt (2009) hit a two-run homer, tying him for the lead in all of minor league baseball with his 28th roundtripper of the season. He also added a base hit to a 2-for-4 night. Taylor Harbin (2007) added a base hit for the BayBears.

Reno (60-38) lost at Sacramento on Friday, 4-2. Derek Eitel (2010) delivered a strong showing, however, surrendering three earned runs (four total) in six innings of work, while striking out five batters. Esmerling Vasquez (2006) added an inning of scoreless relief.

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Sacramento
AA Mobile vs. Birmingham
A Adv. Visalia at San Jose – Trevor Harden (2008) will get the ball for the Rawhide tonight.
A South Bend vs. Kane County – JR Bradley (2010) gets the start today for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Boise
AZL D-backs at AZL Royals
DSL D-backs at DSL Reds

Starting Lineups for July 23

Late-breaking news: The Arizona Diamondbacks moved RHP Randy Hamrick (2010) from SS-A Yakima to Triple-A Reno. It’s expected that Hamrick will make a spot start or appearance either tonight or tomorrow for the Aces.

Magic Number: 4

Factoid: Chris Ellison is about to have just his second day off of the season tonight. Which, of course, is subject to change.

Here’s your lineups:

 

Casper Ghosts
Overall Record: 9-22
Manager: Tony Diaz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
25 David Kandilas CF .291 1 16
29 Rosell Herrera SS .286 4 14
14 Will Swanner C .283 7 16
8 Sam Mende 2B .353 6 18
30 Harold Riggins 1B .289 2 9
3 Trevor Story DH .172 1 1
9 Carl Thomore RF .234 0 7
20 Francisco Sosa LF .241 4 13
11 Matt Argyropoulos 3B .217 3 7
23 Raul Fernandez RHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 19-12
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Josh Parr SS .290 2 14
23 Fidel Pena DH .247 1 13
19 Ryan Court 3B .291 3 18
35 Jon Griffin 1B .282 5 25
12 Eric Groff 2B .358 5 20
11 Tom Belza RF .348 5 16
24 Roidany Aguila C .268 6 18
18 Justin Bianco CF .196 1 10
20 Breland Brown LF .000 0 1
47 Enrique Burgos RHP

Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:

Casper Ghosts W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Raul Fernandez 2-4 10.66 6-6 25.1 48 31 30 4 16 8 .400

 

Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Enrique Burgos 2-2 6.83 6-6 27.2 32 24 21 16 29 3 .288

Gametime temperature is expected to be about 78 degrees. Bring a sweater or light jacket, it will cool off a bit tonight.

Magic Number Talk

NOTE: This has been edited … the dreaded touch pad got me again. I was trying to use the “what-if” scenario, but that vanished before I hit post. Oops … where’s Herm Edwards when I need him??

by Ben Catley

I guess it’s safe to bring this up now, especially since we’re down to the final eight games of the first half. The Osprey have a magic number of six to clinch the Pioneer League North Division. Coincidentally, the Ogden Raptors also have a magic number of six to clinch the South Division.

Here’s what it looks like:
North Division
Missoula          18-12  —
Billings             15-15   3
Helena              14-16   4
Great Falls      14-16   4

Using the magic number formula – take the number of games played, subtract the difference in the loss column and add 1 – the magic number for the Osprey to clinch would be 6 over Billings, and 5 over both Helena and Great Falls. This would be same as the “elimination number” (MLB Advanced Media, the main keepers of baseball stats these days, introduced that a couple of years back).

In the South:
Ogden              20-10  —-
Orem                17-13     3

With the elimination number, both Idaho Falls and Casper have been eliminated from the first-half title run. 8-3+1= 6.

Oddly enough, there are two ways to figure both items. The simple way I did when I was growing up – taught out by baseball writers – and this way, which takes a master’s degree in statistics to follow, unless you have the patience of Job and can read it thoroughly.

Starting Lineups – July 22

Here we go – starting lineups for tonight’s tilt:

Casper Ghosts
Overall Record: 9-21
Manager: Tony Diaz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
1 Yafistel Roja DH .320 1 5
25 David Kandilas CF .293 1 15
29 Rosell Herrera SS .284 4 14
14 Will Swanner C .273 7 16
30 Harold Riggins 1B .274 2 8
3 Trevor Story 3B .160 1 1
20 Francisco Sosa LF .253 4 13
27 Julian Yan RF .205 1 11
4 Jose Rivera 2B .182 0 1
19 Danny Winkler RHP
Missoula Osprey
Overall Record: 18-12
Manager: Hector De La Cruz
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
30 Chris Ellison LF .279 5 18
14 Josh Parr SS .292 2 14
19 Ryan Court 3B .292 3 18
35 Jon Griffin 1B .281 4 24
12 Eric Groff 2B .350 5 20
11 Tom Belza RF .353 4 14
38 Stephen Cardullo DH .329 2 15
24 Roidany Aguila C .282 6 18
18 Justin Bianco CF .192 1 9
37 Robby Rowland RHP

Tonight’s Starting Pitchers:

Casper Ghosts W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Danny Winkler 1-0 4.29 5-5 21.0 25 12 10 7 21 3 .294
Missoula Osprey W-L ERA G-GS IP H R ER BB K HRA Avg.
Robby Rowland 1-2 7.71 5-5 23.1 40 22 20 4 20 4 .377

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thunderstixx to all fans … and fireworks after the game, following Launch-A-Ball.

News of the day … and Alumni Update

First, and this will be mentioned in the Alumni Update portion of the program, but former Osprey Derek Eitel (2010) will make the start for  Triple-A Reno tonight at Sacramento. It’s the second time the Aces have used Eitel in a spot situation.

Now, on to the show … so to speak.

The Skinny: The Osprey continue their four-game series with the Casper Ghosts tonight, as they seek their fourth win in their last five games overall, and will be seeking their fifth win in their last six tries at home.

Last Time Out: The 2,116 fans in attendance at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Thursday had plenty to cheer for as the Osprey took down the Casper Ghosts, 12-3. Jon Griffin had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs, with a three-run home run that capped off a four-run seventh inning, and the Osprey scoring. Missoula (18-12) used the win and a 6-5 Billings loss at Orem to push their lead in the Pioneer League North Division to three games over the Mustangs, and four games over both Great Falls and Helena, who also dropped games on Thursday. The Osprey finished with 14 hits, including three by Eric Groff, who extended his current hitting streak to nine games and raised his batting average to a season-best .350. Justin Bianco and Tom Belza each added a pair of hits and two RBIs, Josh Parr had two hits and a RBI, while Chris Ellison and Ryan Court each added a base hit for Missoula. Raymond Hernandez (4-0) pitched five solid innings to pick up the win, as Osprey pitchers held the Ghosts to six hits on the night. Dexter Price allowed just a hit and a run in three innings of work, while Matt Sample worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the game.

The streak continues … : Eric Groff extended his current hitting streak to nine straight games, and he showed signs of being locked in on Thursday night, collecting three hits in five trips to the plate. During the nine-game streak, Groff is 17-for-38 at the plate (.447), with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 12 RBIs. It was also his fifth multi-hit game in his last nine games. He also kept up his torrid July, hitting .400 for the month (16 games) It’s also not Groff’s longest streak of the season – he had a 10-game hitting run from June 23-July 6.

Tidbits: The Osprey are 14-5 in July, the best record in the Pioneer League, and have hit 26 home runs in the month … The Osprey are 12-6 in games decided by three or more runs … What influence does having Frank Santana and Matt Sample at the back end of games create? Game Over, almost – Missoula is 17-1 when leading after eight innings … Eric Groff also has a 14-game road hitting streak still in effect, the longest such streak in the league at the moment.

On the Mound Today: Missoula will send out right-hander Robby Rowland, who is looking to find some sort of groove in what has been a rough month for the former third-round pick. Rowland (1-2, 7.71) has been hit around since his first start of the season, and has not pitched the same since suffering concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the face with an errant toss during pitcher’s early work on June 23, and missing a start following that episode. He has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his last four starts.  The Ghosts will counter tonight with right-hander Danny Winkler, who will pitch against the Osprey for the first time this season. Winkler (1-0, 4.29) has fanned 21 batters in 21 innings of work, and the 20th round pick by the Colorado Rockies out of Central Florida has allowed opponents to hit at a .294 clip so far this season.

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs (9-15) had Thursday off.

The DSL D-backs (17-28) did not report on their scheduled game with the DSL Rockies on Thursday.

Yakima (12-22) shut out Boise on Thursday, 4-0. Alex Capaul (2011) went five innings, scattering five hits and collecting five strikeouts to pick up the win on the mound. Former Osprey relievers Justin Albert (2010), Sammy De Los Santos (2009-10) and Randy Hamrick (2010) held the Hawks to just one hit over the final four innings to complete the shutout.

South Bend (11-15, 45-50) managed to collect an 8-6 win over Clinton on Thursday. Matt Helm (2009-10) had two doubles and four RBIs to pace the Silver Hawks at the plate, and back the pitching of Jeff Shields (2010), who picked up the win on the mound. Kable Hogben (2009) pitched two innings of one-hit relief, while Eury De La Rosa (2009) pitched the ninth and collected his second save of the season.

Visalia (11-16, 42-54) lost to Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, 6-2. Eric Smith (2009) allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work, but suffered the loss, dropping his record to 3-11 on the season. Keon Broxton drove in a run, while fellow 2009 teammates Chris Owings and Bobby Borchering each collected a base hit, as did 2008 Osprey alum Rossmel Perez.

Mobile (21-6, 59-38) is playing great baseball at the moment, winning its fourth straight game with a 9-3 win over Birmingham on Thursday. For the first time since very early in the season, Paul Goldschmidt (2009) has dropped below the .300 mark, with a 1-for-4 performance that included two runs scored, two RBIs (he now has 86 for the season) and three strikeouts. Adam Eaton (2010), Taylor Harbin (2007) and Jake Elmore (2008) each had a base hit and a run scored for the BayBears, while Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his BayBears debut.

Reno (60-37) continues to have the best record in the Pacific Coast League, winning its ninth game in 10 tries on Thursday with an 11-4 win over Fresno. Jordan Norberto (2006) pitched two innings of relief to finish off the win for the Aces.

Schedule:
AAA Reno at Sacramento – Derek Eitel (2010) will be promoted to Reno to make the start for the Aces.
AA Mobile vs. Birmingham
A Adv. Visalia vs. Rancho Cucamonga
A South Bend vs. Clinton – Bradin Hagens (2009) will get the start for the Silver Hawks.
SS-A Yakima at Boise
AZL D-backs at AZL Giants
DSL D-backs at DSL Reds

Game Notes from July 21 – Part 2

More from today’s game notes … specifically the Minor League Report:

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs are currently 9-15 on the season. Victor Acosta (2010) has been very solid this season, going 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in nine appearances, striking out 11 in 12 2/3 innings pitched.

The DSL D-backs  (17-28) have received steady play from outfielder Alan Santiago (2009), who is hitting .250 with five doubles and 17 RBIs in 37 games, plus has only committed one error in the field in 35 appearances in the outfield.

Of the former Osprey playing for Yakima (11-22), one of the biggest surprises has been right-handed pitcher Teo Guitterez (2010). In seven starts, Guiterrez has posted a 3-0 record and a 2.93 ERA, logging 43 innings pitched in seven starts without surrendering a home run.

South Bend (10-15, 44-50) continues to rely on the consistent bat of Raywilly Gomez (2009), who is hitting .292 with 12 doubles, a pair of home runs and 39 RBIs. Gomez is second among the Silver Hawks in batting.

Visalia (11-15, 42-53) – who recently lost closer Yonata Ortega (2007) to Mobile – has received steady play from second baseman David Nick (2009) all season long. With some of the big names on the Rawhide roster, it’s easy to overlook Nick, who has a team-best .296 batting average with 24 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 92 games.

Mobile (20-6, 58-38) continues to run and hide in the second half in the Southern League’s South Division race, and part of the reason was the promotion of Adam Eaton (2010) to the BayBears’ roster. Eaton is hitting .333 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games – of which the BayBears are 15-2 in those games. Eaton is already second on the team in times hit by a pitch (six) and his .997 OPS rivals only that of Paul Goldschmidt (2009), who is hitting .300 with 27 home runs and 84 RBIs, but who has struck out more since the All-Star Break (now 83 Ks to 69 walks in 94 games), and has his OPS slip a bit, to 1.033.

Reno (59-37) continues to run away with the Pacific Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. Jordan Norberto (2006) has been a steady contributor out of the bullpen for the Aces, going 6-1 with a save and a 4.10 ERA.

Schedule:
AAA Reno  – off day (All-Star Break)
AA Mobile vs. Birmingham
A Adv. Visalia vs. Rancho Cucamonga
A South Bend vs. Clinton
SS-A Yakima at Boise
AZL D-backs – off day
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Rockies

Game Notes from July 21 – Part 1

Hi … we’re back.

The Skinny: The Osprey continue their push for the Pioneer League North Division First-Half crown with the lidlifter to a seven-game homestand tonight, as the Casper Ghosts fly in to begin a four-game series. The Osprey outscored the Ghosts, 28-7, and hit .342 during a three-game series sweep last week.

Last Time Out: The Missoula Osprey suffered a 10-1 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars in the finale of a seven-game road trip on Tuesday. Despite the setback, the Osprey maintained their two-game lead over the Billings Mustangs for first place in the Pioneer League’s North Division, with nine games to play, and completed a 5-2 road trip. The Osprey have won nine of their last 12 games on the road. The Osprey were held to just five hits by Chukars starter Brian Peacock and two relievers. Peacock (1-3), one of three pitchers to toss a no-hitter at Missoula a season ago, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. Peacock pitched into the seventh to pick up his first career win. Josh Parr had two of the five Osprey hits, and scored the lone Missoula run, following a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Parr eventually scored on a Jon Griffin sacrifice fly. Eric Groff, Stephen Cardullo and Bryan Henry each added a base hit for the Osprey. Conrad Flynn (2-1) suffered the loss for Missoula, allowing eight runs in four 1/3 innings pitched. The Osprey defense also struggled, committing four errors in the loss.

Groff’s a Road Warrior: Eric Groff is showing signs of being fully healed from a broken bone in his hand he suffered during Extended Spring Training. The former 44th-round draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the 2010 MLB Draft, has put together an eight-game hit streak, including getting at least one base hit in all seven road games on the recent trip. Groff – who is hitting .400 on the road this season – hit .448 (13-for-29) on the road trip, with four home runs and nine RBIs.

Tidbits: The Osprey will see four right-handed pitchers against the Ghosts this series, and that’s a good piece of news. The Osprey hit .304 against right-handers, while they only bat .234 against lefties … The Osprey are 13-5 in July, the best record in the Pioneer League, and have hit 25 home runs in the month – second to Casper (26) … The Osprey are 11-6 in games decided by three or more runs … Missoula is 14-6 in games in which they score first, and scoring first in 20 games leads the league.

On the Mound Today: Missoula will send out right-hander Raymond Hernandez, who is seeking his fourth win of the season. Hernandez (3-0, 2.14) has been electric as a starter, allowing just one earned run in 10 innings of work, while picking up a win in each of his two starts this season. The 48th-round draft choice in the 2011 MLB Draft earned Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week honors for the Week ending July 10. Hernandez allowed a solo home run and a walk in three innings of work at Casper last Friday. The Ghosts will counter tonight with right-hander Alex Gillingham, who allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work in a loss on Friday to the Osprey. Gillingham (1-2, 6.16) has 21 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched, but opponents have hit .310 against the right-hander this season. Gillingham was picked in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Loyola Marymount.

Stat of the Day: Former Osprey infielder Emilio Bonifacio (2003) is currently enjoying a 19-game hit streak for the Florida Marlins. Bonifacio is hitting .389 (28-for-72) during the hitting streak, and is hitting .400 for the month of July.

More on the big HR day

Some additional notes from Sunday’s big home-run day for the Osprey:

– The six home runs by the Osprey equal the team record … which has happened two other times. It is the first time it has happened on the road. On the other two occasions – August 25, 2004 vs. Casper, and August 3, 2007 vs. Billings – the Osprey achieved the feat at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

– Eric Groff and Roidany Aguila become the third set of Osprey teammates to each hit two home runs in the same game. The others:
August 25, 2004 – Miguel Matos and Marcus Townsend, vs. Casper
June 21, 2003 – Johe Acosta and Carlos Gonzalez (yes, CarGo), at Great Falls

– Groff becomes the fourth Osprey player to have a pair of multi-homer games. The other three achieved the feat in the same season. They are:
Paul Goldschmidt – August 11 and 12, 2009 vs. Orem
Nelson Gomez – June 29 at Billings and August 24, 2008 vs. Helena
Marcus Townsend – July 16, 2004 at Provo and August 25, 2004 vs. Casper

– Groff’s grand slam is the first for the Osprey since … yeah, that guy … Paul Goldschmidt hit one on September 8, 2009 vs. Billings.

Time to stop dropping knowledge … Ric Flair’s theme (the original) is playing on the hotel lobby’s speakers.

Welcome to Casper

After a long bus ride on Tuesday, the Missoula Osprey have arrived in top shape ready for the seven-game road trip that could determine their fate – more like will help determine their fate – in the first half of the Pioneer Baseball League season.

The first step comes tonight, when the Osprey take on the Casper Ghosts in the first of a three-game series. Jesse Darrah gets the call for the Osprey.

We will not be able to post starting lineups or any kind of notes before the game – at least at the moment – but that may change. We’ll keep you posted.

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