Lineups for June 19, and a newbie …

OK, first to the lineups …

Missoula (1-0)
14 Pedro Ruiz SS
19 Socrates Brito CF
18 Jake Lamb 3B
39 Kyle Koeneman 1B
7 Michael Perez DH
21 Breland Almadova LF
26 Yosbel Gutierrez C
15 Justin Bianco RF
12 John Leonard 2B
44 Chris Pack RHP

Billings (0-1)
25 Jon Matthews CF
40 Robert Ramirez 2B
23 Jesse Winker LF
16 Robert Maddox DH
35 Carlos Sanchez 1B
15 Gabriel Rosa 3B
18 Brennan May RF
34 Wagner Gomez C
6 Brandon Dailey SS
43 Robert Stephenson RHP

Stephenson was a 1st round pick by the Cincnnati Reds in the 2011 MLB Draft. His biggest asset is a mid-90s fastball. The Osprey jumped all over fastballs last night, to the tune of 21 hits.

– The Osprey also have added a player – 21st round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, first baseman Rudy Flores. He was limited to only a handful of games this past spring at Florida International, but has a track record of being a solid hitter with some pop. And at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he also fits the Osprey mode of first basemen of the recent past, as of course does his new teammate, Kyle Koeneman.

Hot Starts
So, how rare is it for the Osprey to win their opening game of the season. They are now 3-11 in season openers, and snapped an 11-game losing streak in that department with Monday’s win in Billings.

So, the question is … what is the best start in Osprey history? Try 2-0. That’s what the 1999 team started out at before losing a game. They promptly lost two straight, were 4-3 after seven games … then ripped of a six-game winning streak – and won 12 of 13 games – on their way to a first-half title.

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