Lineups for 6-24 and Game Notes

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We’ll try to get back to a better habit of posting lineups and such … today, we will have game notes and the alumni update. Anyway, here are today’s starting lineups:

Great Falls Voyagers
Overall: 4-2
Manager: Ryan Newman
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Adam Heisler CF .261 0 4
3 Micah Johnson 2B .407 1 4
14 Andrew Douglas LF .250 0 1
22 Kyle Robinson RF .480 0 3
31 Abe Ruiz 1B .333 0 1
12 Brent Tanner DH .417 1 3
7 Steve Nikorak 3B .444 1 4
19 Zac Fisher C .000 0 0
9 Justin Jirschele SS .000 0 1
17 Thomas Royse 0-1 4.91 1-1 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 2-4
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz 2B .350 1 2
19 Socrates Brito CF .240 0 2
18 Jake Lamb 3B .444 0 5
33 Rudy Flores 1B .167 0 0
7 Michael Perez C .200 1 3
30 Tyler Bream DH .357 0 2
17 Ty Linton LF .105 1 3
15 Justin Bianco RF .182 0 2
12 John Leonard SS .091 0 0
44 Chris Pack 0-0 1.50 1-1 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Farris Pearson
First Base Charlie Ramos

The Skinny:
The Osprey and Voyagers finish up their three game series with the rubber match on Sunday. The Osprey are also looking to break out of a funk, having lost four of their past five games. Great Falls, meanwhile, has won three of their past four and looks to continue their momentum heading into a five-game stretch against first-place Billings beginning Monday.

Last Time Out:
Great Falls evened the series with a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Missoula on Saturday. The Osprey bounced back twice from early one-run deficits by using a home run by Kyle Koeneman in the second inning, back-to-back run-scoring hits by Socrates Brito and Jake Lamb in the third and a RBI hit by Yosbel Gutierrez in the sixth to forge out to a 4-2 lead. The Voyagers would rally, scoring a run in the top of the eighth to pull within a run, and then managed to steal the win by scoring twice off of Osprey reliever Chase Stevens (0-1), helped by two wild pitches and a passed ball. The Osprey received more than a quality start from right-hander Ross Gerdeman, who pitched into the seventh inning. Gerdeman allowed five hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched, while walking three and striking out six batters. Cody Geyer came on in relief, and while surrendering a run in the eighth, pitched his way out of inherited trouble in the top of the seventh, and from further damage in the eighth, scattering two hits and a walk while fanning two batters. Both teams had eight hits, with Jake Lamb once again the hitting star for Missoula. Lamb hit a pair of doubles and a single, while Pedro Ruiz singled and walked twice. Tyler Bream added a base hit for the Osprey.

Notes from the Nest:
The Osprey had a roster move on Sunday, as IF Jesus Abreu was sent to Short Season-A Yakima and RHP Karl Triano has been promoted from the AZL D-backs … Jake Lamb hit two more doubles on Saturday night, giving him six for the first week of the season. The Osprey record is 27, set by Paul Goldschmidt in 2009 … Through the first six games, the starting pitching staff has an ERA of 2.19. The shortest outing of the group came from Jared Ray, who was lifted after three innings, as planned. Three of the starts, including both by Gerdeman, have gone into the sixth inning or later.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Pack to the mound as he looks to attempt to duplicate his first outing as an Osprey. In that start in Billings, Pack allowed just one run in six innings of work, scattering four hits while striking out eight batters. Pack was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who acquired his rights from the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League. Pack posted a 4.61 ERA in in 26 appearances for the Slammers, helping the club to its first-ever division title. Pack also has big-time college experience, pitching at Villanova and Illinois, where he was granted a fifth year, and also was a coach at his high school alma mater, the Benet Academy.

The Voyagers will counter tonight with right-hander Thomas Royse, who is looking to bounce back from a rough outing in Helena. Royse did not make it out of the fourth inning, allowing seven runs (only two earned) in 3 2/3 innings pitched, surrendering nine hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Royse pitched in Great Falls in 2011, and posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.41 ERA. Royse was a third-round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Alan Santiago (2009), the lone former Osprey player on the AZL D-backs roster, went hitless in four trips, but still managed to score twice in the win on Saturday.


Record: 2-1
Next: at AZL Brewers
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs picked up a 3-2 win on Saturday the D-backs/Reds team lost.


Record: 12-7/2-17
Next: vs. DSL Reds
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) and Jae Yun Kim (2009-10) each had a hit in the Bears’ 5-3 loss to Salem-Keiser on Saturday. Enrique Burgos (2009, 2011), who is being transitioned from a starter to the bullpen, pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Record: 4-4
Next: vs. Salem-Keizer
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Matt Helm (2009-10) had two hits and a RBI for the second straight game, and JR Bradley (2010) pitched five-plus strong innings as South Bend beat West Michigan on Saturday, 4-2. Ryan Court (2011) singled and drove home a pair of runs, while Chris Ellison (2011), Tom Belza (2011) and Eric Groff (2010-11) each had a hit and a run scored.


Record: 1-1, 36-36
Next: at West Michigan


Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: A big night from Bobby Borchering (2009) at the plate, as he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Rawhide a 5-3 win over San Jose on Saturday. Borchering drove in three runs on the night, and walked twice. Raywilly Gomez (2009) and Jon Griffin (2011) added a hit apiece, while Conrad Flynn (2011) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Left-hander Patrick Schuster (2009-10) pitched two shutout innings, and DJ Johnson (2011) added another inning of scoreless baseball, picking up the win on the mound.
Record: 1-2, 32-41
Next: vs. San Jose, with Anthony Meo (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide.
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: David Nick (2009) and Rossmel Perez (2008) each had a base hit as the BayBears knocked off the Biscuits in 12 innings, 4-3. David Holmberg (2010) pitched eight solid innings, allowing three runs while striking out four batters. Yonata Ortega (2007) added a scoreless inning of relief.


Record: 2-1, 42-31
Next: vs. Montgomery, with Derek Eitel (2010) starting for the BayBears.
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Jake Elmore (2008) extended his current hit streak to 30 games with a two-hit night as the Aces rolled over Salt Lake, 12-4. Elmore added two runs scored and two RBIs to his night, and his PCL-leading batting average is now at .395. Adam Eaton (2010) added a hit and two runs scored, while Taylor Harbin (2007) chipped in with a RBI double. Taylor Sinclair (2008) added two innings of scoreless relief.
Record: 46-30
Next: at Salt Lake

Air time tonight: 4:50. We’ll recap the first week in the Pioneer League during the pre-game, on AM 930 KMPT and at

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