by Ben Catley
After a little hiccup with the lineups, we’re ready to go at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The Osprey and Helena Brewers will start a three-game series tonight at 7:05.
Remember, Montana Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau will be on hand tonight to speak to the crowd and throw out the first pitch. It’s the first night where students that participated in the Missoula Osprey Hit the Books program will be redeeming their ticket vouchers, and Juneau will be on hand to voice her support for the program, which has taken place in Missoula-area schools since the club’s first season in 1999.
The pre-game guest is up in the air. It may be manager Andy Green, but since we were supposed to talk to VP/GM Jeff Griffin and air it during the road trip, we’ll try to catch up with him if his busy schedule allows. Tomorrow, we’ve confirmed that pitcher Andrew Barbosa will be our pre-game guest.
OK, here’s the lineups and such for tonight … get out here and enjoy baseball in great weather. And remember, you can listen to the game on AM 930, KMPT; through the RadioPup app on your smartphone, or online at MissoulaOsprey.com …
|Manager: Jeff Isom|
|5||Raul Mondesi, Jr||CF||.205||0||3|
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Manager: Andy Green|
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Umpires:||Home Plate||Charlie Ramos|
|First Base||Farris Pearson|
The Osprey and Brewers continue their stretch of five games against each other with a three-game set at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The two teams split a pair of games in Helena, including an odd ending to Monday’s tilt, a 2-1, 10-inning Missoula win that was determined on an appeal play. Helena won on Tuesday, 9-1.
Last Time Out:
The Osprey scored just three runs at Kindrick Legion Field, and still came away with a split of the two games. Pitching was outstanding on both sides of the diamond on Monday, as neither team scored until the 10th inning. Ty Linton drove in all three runs for Missoula in the two-game set, including the two-run home run which gave the Osprey the win in Helena. In the 9-1 loss on Tuesday, there were still positives to be found – Yosbel Gutierrez went 3-for-3, with a pair of doubles, while Rudy Flores and John Leonard each had two hits, and the O’s bullpen allowed just three runs in 7.1 innings of work in the two games. Patrick Smith and Chase Stevens combined to keep the Brewers off the scoreboard for the final three innings. The Helena pitching staff, though, was beyond solid, in their best series of the season to date, allowing three total runs in the two games. Because of the pitching success of both clubs, the teams dropped to the bottom two in the league in hitting – Helena (.266) is seventh, while the Osprey (.254) ranked last in the league in hitting.
Stealing their way around:
The Osprey and Brewers are now tied for the top spot in stolen bases. In fact, the Osprey are 17-for-20 (.850) in steals, which is tied for the best percentage in the lead – tied for the top with the Brewers, among teams that average at least one attempt per game (Orem is 4-for-4).
Notes from the Nest:
Left-hander Andrew Barbosa, who is scheduled to start Saturday against Billings, has allowed just one hit in 10 innings of work, spanning two starts … The two games in Helena were the first time this season that Jake Lamb did not get a base hit in consecutive games … Linton leads the team in home runs (three) and RBIs (eight).
On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to the mound looking to improve on his solid debut effort. Ray (0-0, 3.00) scattered four hits and a run in three innings during his first start of the season at home against Great Falls. Ray was drafted in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB Draft as a fifth-year senior from the University of Houston. Used in multiple roles in his Cougars career, Ray was 11-13 with two saves and a 5.92 ERA, logging 211.1 career innings pitched. The five-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll Recipient, was a 2nd team All-Conference honoree in 2009, a two-time member of the C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team, named to the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional All-Tournament Team, and recognized on the C-USA All-Academic Team this season.
By The Numbers:
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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, has a double in eight at-bats, and has scored three times in two games.
|Next: at AZL Athletics|
|DSL D-backs||Update: The DSL D-backs and the D-backs/Reds squads both lost on Tuesday.
|Next: vs. DSL Reds|
|SS-A Yakima||Alumni Briefing: The Bears are two games in front of the rest of the Northwest League East Division heading into Wednesday’s action. The leader in home runs and RBIs? How about former Osprey Josh Parr (2011), who is hitting .245 with a pair of homers and nine RBIs. That includes a grand slam hit in Monday’s win. Relief pitcher Victor Capellan (2009) is 1-0 in five appearances with a save and a 1.23 ERA.|
|Next: vs. Salem-Keizer|
|Class A South Bend||Alumni Briefing: Matt Helm (2009-10) and Tom Belza (2011) have been the steadiest run-producers in the Silver Hawks lineup this season. Helm totes a .268 batting average, 21 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 40 RBIs; while Belza hits .265 with eight doubles, six triples, four home runs and a team-high 41 RBIs.|
|Record: 3-2, 38-37|
|Next: vs. Great Lakes
|Class A Advanced Visalia||Alumni Briefing: Siemens has been solid in his first three starts since his promotion from South Bend earlier this month. While he does not have a win, Sinclair has posted a 2.87 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings pitched. One problem, though – his WHIP is at 1.60, with 12 walks and 13 hits allowed. Bobby Borchering (2009) has hit at a .282 clip in June, with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. Since the calendar flipped to May, Borchering is batting .280/12/42.|
|Record: 4-2, 35-41|
|Next: vs. Bakersfield, with Taylor Siemens (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide.|
|Double-A Mobile||Alumni Briefing: David Nick (2009) has played steadily at second base in the field – just five errors in 61 games in the field – and is hitting .265 with 21 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs. Chris Owings (2009) is 5-for-28 in his first six games (.179) with a double and five RBIs since his promotion from Class A Advanced Visalia earlier this month.
|Record: 2-4, 42-34|
|Next: at Huntsville, with Chase Anderson (2009) starting for the BayBears.|
|Triple-A Reno||Alumni Briefing: Jake Elmore (2008) had his hit streak stopped at 31 games on Monday, which is an Aces record, then collected a hit in his first at-bat on Tuesday. Elmore is hitting .385 with 23 doubles, six triples, a home run and 54 RBIs, plus has stolen 23 bases. Adam Eaton (2010) is hitting .382 (2nd in PCL) with 30 total extra base hits, 25 RBIs and 22 steals. Both are on base at least 45% of the time, which is an astounding number. Quietly, though, Taylor Harbin (2007) is putting together a solid first Triple-A season, with a .297 batting average, 24 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs and seven steals in eight attempts.|
|Next: vs. Fresno, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces.|