Cycles, Lineups and All-Stars

Here’s the skinny and the lineups … we’ll have more on the Danny Pulfer cycle night coming up in the game notes, and we will also have some other info, but first, an update on the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Three former Osprey will be starting for both teams at the Triple-A All-Star Game, set for July 11 in Buffalo. We managed to break the story after receiving word on Twitter, and posted on various Twitter feeds, as well as mentioned during the broadcast last night.

Adam Eaton (2010) and Jake Elmore (2008) will both be in the starting lineup for the Pacific Coast League. Elmo and “Spanky” were both inserted as “selections” via club managers, general managers, media members and online fan balloting.

Elmore leads the PCL with a .390 batting average and a .467 on-base percentages, with 30 extra-base hits (23 doubles), 55 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Eaton is second in both categories (.387 batting/.462 on-base) with 32 extra-base hits (26 doubles), 25 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

Also selected is Pedro Ciriaco (2005), who will represent the International League. Ciriaco was also listed as one of the 13 “selections” which will garner starts. Ciriaco is hitting .306 with four home runs, 21 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Ciriaco ranks 4th in the International League in batting average.

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OK, now to today’s lineups and notes ….

Helena Brewers
Overall: 3-7
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
5 Raul Mondesi, Jr RF .209 0 3
3 Chris McFarland 2B .317 0 9
6 Michael Reed CF .150 0 1
18 Michael Garza 3B .310 1 7
29 Mike Nemeth 1B .320 0 4
2 Emmanuel Quiles C .286 1 5
25 Paul Eshelman DH .167 0 1
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .429 0 1
13 Adrian Williams LF .091 0 1
19 Will West 0-2 8.74 2-2 LHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 5-5
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .324 1 2
19 Socrates Brito CF .263 0 4
18 Jake Lamb 3B .342 0 5
21 Breland Almadova RF .394 0 4
7 Michael Perez C .294 2 9
9 Danny Pulfer DH .211 1 7
17 Ty Linton LF .158 3 8
30 Tyler Bream 1B .333 0 4
12 John Leonard 2B .310 0 1
24 Ross Gerdeman 1-0 2.25 2-2 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Farris Pearson
First Base Charlie Ramos

The Skinny:
The Osprey and Brewers continue their three-game series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field one night removed from a 20-run outburst by Missoula. Danny Pulfer etched his name into the Osprey record book with a big night, while three Osprey pitchers combined to fire a three-hit shutout.

Last Time Out:
The Osprey scored seven runs in the first inning and did not look back, scoring in six of their eight at-bats on their way to a 20-0 win. It was the first time the O’s scored 20 runs at home since August 25, 2004, when the O’s scored 24 runs against Casper, and only the second time in club history that Missoula has scored that many runs in a Pioneer Baseball League game since their inception in 1999. Danny Pulfer hit for the cycle (more on that below), while Michael Perez came within a double of the cycle and drove in five runs. Every Osprey starter had at least one base hit and at least one run scored, and all but one starter drove in at least one run. What is easy to overlook, though, was the pitching performance. Jared Ray allowed just one hit – in the fifth inning – and a walk in his five innings of work to get the win, while Mike Blake and Chris Capper each pitched two innings of one-hit relief. The trio combined to strike out 12 batters on the night, and the shutout lowered the team ERA to a PBL-best 3.60.

Pulfer’s Cycle of Hitting:
Danny Pulfer was 0-for-his-first-15 before collecting a triple, single, home run and double in his next four at-bats, raising his average from .000 to .211. Pulfer was retired twice in the first inning before he started his cycle. Other Pulfer’s night and cycle notes …

– Pulfer is just the second player to hit for the cycle in Osprey history, and the first since Jimmy Principe did it in 2007. Principe finished 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs in his effort.

– Pulfer also drove in six runs, becoming the fifth Osprey player to achieve that feat. The last one to do it – Paul Goldschmidt in 2009.

– Had Pulfer and Perez both pulled off the feat, it would have been a Pioneer League first, and would have been an incredibly rare feat. In fact, there have been only have two days in MLB history which have had two cycles on the same day in the league, and it has never happened twice in the same game by the same team.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to the mound looking for similar results he has delivered in his first two starts of the season. Gerdeman (1-0, 2.25) has posted solid numbers, including a WHIP of 1.08, in a no-decision on Saturday in a home start against Great Falls, and a road win at Billings in the season opener for both teams. Gerdeman pitched in the Arizona League in 2011, going 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA, and also made a spot-start for Class A Advanced Visalia in May. Gerdeman was a 35th round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Diamondbacks out of the University of Bowling Green. Ironically, Gerdeman was a starter for the Falcons during his college career.

The Brewers will counter tonight with left-hander Will West, who is seeking his first win in his third start of the season. West (0-2, 8.74) leads the Brewers in innings pitched (11 1/3 IP), and has collected 12 strikeouts. West made four started at Class A Wisconsin earlier this season, going 1-1 with a 7.63 ERA. West was signed as a free agent in 2011. West posted a 1-3 mark with a 3.99 ERA in the Arizona League last summer.

Pitching Probables
Friday, June 29 – MIS RHP Chris Pack (1-0, 4.50) vs. HEL RHP Michael Schaub (0-0, 4.50)
Saturday, June 30 – MIS LHP Andrew Barbosa (0-0, 0.00) vs. BIL Pitcher TBA
Sunday, July 1 – MIS RHP Karl Triana (0-1, 14.54) vs. BIL Pitcher TBA
Monday July 2 – MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-0, 1.13) vs. BIL Pitcher TBA

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W1

Extra Innings:

2-1

Team Hitting:

.278

First Half:

5-5

Lead After 5:

3-1

PL Rank:

6th

Second Half:

0-0

Tied After 5:

2-1

Team Pitching:

3.61

June:

5-5

Trail After 5:

0-3

PL Rank:

1st

July:

0-0

One-run games:

3-2

Longest Winning Streak:

2 games

August:

0-0

Two-run games:

0-1

Longest Losing Streak

3 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

0-1

HR total at home:

4

Score First:

4-3

+3-run games:

2-1

Pitching K total:

89

Score Last:

2-0

Shutout Record:

1-1

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.68


D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: OK, so he’s not a former Osprey, but catcher, and 1st round pick, Stryker Trahan is off to a good start at the plate, going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and five RBIs. He’s also walked seven times in six games. That’s the good … the bad? He has also committed four errors.

 

Record: 3-3
Next: vs. AZL Cubs
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs won 3-2 while the D-backs/Reds co-op lost 3-0.

 

Record: 13-9/2-20
Next: vs. DSL Cubs1/Mets1
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears held on for a 6-5 win over Tri-City on Wednesday. Victor Acosta (2010) pitched well, tossing two scoreless innings of relief, with two strikeouts.
Record: 7-6
Next: vs. Tri-City
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: A tough one for the Silver Hawks, who lost an 11-6 decision to Great Lakes after the South Bend bullpen gave up five runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Seth Simmons (2011) was tagged with the loss after allowing a pair of runs in 1.2 innings pitched. The outing raised Simmons’ ERA to 1.76. Alex Capaul (2011) pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. At the plate, Tom Belza (2011) had three hits, Eric Groff (2010-11) added two hits, and Bryan Henry (2011) collected a hit and a RBI.
Record: 3-3, 38-38
Next: vs. Dayton, with JR Bradley (2010) getting the call for the Silver Hawks.

 

Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Tough loss for the Rawhide on Wednesday, as Bakersfield scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning off of Blake Cooper (2010) to break a 6-6 tie to win, 8-6. Big nights, however, for both Jon Griffin (2011) and Bobby Borchering (2009). Griffin homered for the second straight night, and had two hits, while Borchering hit a three-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, his 15th of the season. Keon Broxton (2009) also had two hits, while Ender Inciarte (2009) added a base hit.
Record: 4-3, 35-42
Next: at Stockton
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings and David Nick – a pair of 2009 Osprey alums – each had three hits, while Rossmel Perez (2008) added two hits and three RBIs as the BayBears beat Huntsville, 8-4. Nick doubled twice in the win and added a RBI. Chase Anderson (2009) allowed just an unearned run and scattered five hits and a walk in five innings of work in a no-decision, lowering his ERA to 2.22 in the process. Despite his struggles, allowing three runs (two earned) in an inning of work, Eric Smith (2009) picked up the win, while Eury De La Rosa (2009) pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

 

Record: 3-4, 43-34
Next: at Huntsville, with David Holmberg (2010) starting for the BayBears.
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Jake Elmore (2008) and Adam Eaton (2010) celebrated their naming to the Triple-A All-Star Game by each collecting three hits in Reno’s 8-3 win over Fresno. Elmore raised his batting average to .390, while Eaton is close behind at .388. Taylor Harbin (2007) added two hits and a RBI, moving his average to .302, while Rusty Ryal (2005) added a hit and a RBI. Both Harbin and Ryal plated runs on sacrifice flies. Charles Brewer (2009) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, and struck out six batters, to pick up the win on the mound and move his record to 4-5 in Reno.
Record: 47-33
Next: vs. Fresno

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