Lineups ready for BrewFest day …

As we post this today, the Osprey BrewFest is going on as we speak. Fans are already showing up and taking advantage of the 15 area brews on hand, and the $3 charge for the wristband includes your first 7 oz. pour. Additional pours are just $1 each. Food and entertainment will also be available as the day continues.

The Osprey open a big four-game series with the Billings Mustangs tonight. The O’s are just three games back of the front-running Mustangs, who share the best record in the Pioneer League with the Ogden Raptors.

Here’s the lineups and other notes to know …

Billings Mustangs
  Overall: 9-3
  Manager:Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
11 Sammy Diaz SS .313 0 5
23 Jesse Winker RF .361 0 7
21 Spencer Dickinson CF .381 1 6
35 Carlos Sanchez 1B .415 2 13
15 Gabriel Rosa 3B .158 0 0
24 Matt Lentz LF .167 0 0
18 Brennan May DH .348 0 3
50 Fray Sosa C .273 0 3
6 Brandon Dailey 2B .267 1 5
57 Ismael Guillon 0-0 4.50 2-1 LHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
  Overall: 6-6
  Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .357 1 2
19 Socrates Brito RF .271 0 4
18 Jake Lamb 3B .348 0 5
21 Breland Almadova CF .415 0 6
7 Michael Perez C .324 2 10
33 Rudy Flores 1B .320 0 6
17 Ty Linton LF .174 3 9
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .227 1 8
30 Tyler Bream DH .296 0 5
45 Andrew Barbosa 0-0 0.00 2-2 LHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Farris Pearson
First Base Charlie Ramos

The Skinny:
The Osprey open up a four-game series with the current first place team in the Pioneer League’s North Division, the Billings Mustangs, who are currently three games in front of the Osprey as the teams near the 1/3-mark of the first half of the season.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey tried to generate another dramatic rally on Friday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. However, the Helena Brewers found a way to prevent it. The Brewers scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning, and held the Osprey to only a pair of tallies, in a 6-5 verdict in front of 2,112 fans. The game was the fifth extra-inning affair the Osprey have played in during the month of June. Missoula, who had been the benefactor in two strange victories in the past four days over Helena, nearly pulled off a dramatic rally. Rudy Flores drilled a two-run double to pull the Osprey within 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Connor Whalen managed to induce a groundout by Yosbel Gutierrez to secure the win. The Osprey rallied in the fourth inning from a two-run deficit to take a 3-2 lead, only to have the Brewers answer with a run in the top of the fifth inning to knot the score. It stayed that way until the 10th, when Helena scored three times off of relievers Michael Rivera (0-1) and Chris Capper to take a 6-3 lead. Osprey starter Chris Pack pitched seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out five batters. Breland Almadova led Missoula at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch, reaching base in each of his five plate appearances. Flores added a pair of hits to the 10-hit Osprey attack. Pedro Ruiz, Jake Lamb, Ty Linton, Kyle Koeneman and Gutierrez each added hits for Missoula.

Quick nuggets:
Breland Almadova’s 3-for-3 night has him back tied for 3rd place in the Pioneer League in hitting (.415). Billings 1B Carlos Sanchez also carries a .415 batting mark … Andrew Barbosa is the only pitcher in the Pioneer League with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title at the moment not to have allowed a run … As a team, the Osprey already have 50 extra-base hits.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send tall left-hander Andrew Barbosa to the mound as he looks to continue his splendid start to the 2012 season. Barbosa (0-0, 0.00) doesn’t have anything to show for it, though, as he has not been given run support by his teammates. In 10 innings, Barbosa has allowed just one hit and four walks, but has also struck out 11 batters. Both of his prior starts have come at Billings (4 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 K) and at Helena (6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K), and did not allow a hit until his ninth inning of work on the season. The 24-year-old Barbosa was a First-Team All-Big East performer this past season at South Florida, striking out 110 batters in 95 innings pitched.

The Mustangs will counter tonight with left-hander Ismael Guillon, who is looking to build on his recent successes on the bump. In his first start of the season, at Great Falls on June 25, Guillon (0-0, 4.50) allowed four hits and two walks, but surrendered just one run while striking out six batters. His only other outing was in relief against Missoula, allowing five hits and a walk and three earned runs in four innings of work on June 20. The native of Venezuela signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent in 2008, and is in his second season with the Mustangs.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:


Extra Innings:


Team Hitting:


First Half:


Lead After 5:


PL Rank:


Second Half:


Tied After 5:


Team Pitching:




Trail After 5:


PL Rank:




One-run games:


Longest Winning Streak:

2 games



Two-run games:


Longest Losing Streak

3 games



Three-run games:


HR total at home:


Score First:


+3-run games:


Pitching K total:


Score Last:


Shutout Record:


Pitching K/9IP Ratio:


D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs lost to the AZL Dodgers, 8-6.


Record: 3-5
Next: Off day
DSL D-backs1/2 Update: The DSL D-backs won,7-7, while the D-backs/Reds co-op also picked up a 12-11, 10-inning win.


Record: 14-10/3-21
Next: at DSL Twins/vs. DSL Pirates2
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) had two hits, a run scored and a RBI, but the Bears lost in 12 innings to Tri-City on Friday, 4-3. Frank Santana (2011) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three batters.
Record: 8-7
Next: vs. Tri-City, with Blake Perry (2010) getting the start for the Bears.
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Several former Osprey had a hand in the Silver Hawks’ 9-3 win over Dayton on Friday. Eric Groff (2010-11) and Raul Navarro (2010) each had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI, while Fidel Pena (2010-11) added two hits and a RBI. Tom Belza (2011) drove in a pair of runs .Ryan Court (2011), Chris Ellison (2011) and Roidany Aguila (2009-11) each added a base hit. The win lifted the Silver Hawks into a tie for first place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division Second-Half standings.
Record: 5-3, 40-38
Next: vs. Dayton, with Jesse Darrah (2011) getting the start for the Silver Hawks.
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: The Rawhide had some payback on Friday night in Stockton, as they bounced back from a 10-1 loss with a 10-1 win of their own. Jon Griffin (2011) and Keon Broxton (2009) were the catalysts in the win – Griffin had three hits, including his 14th homer of the season, while Broxton added three hits and two runs scored. Raywilly Gomez (2009) chipped in with two hits and three RBIs for the Rawhide. Anthony Meo (2011) went seven shutout innings to pick up the win on the mound for Visalia, while Bradin Hagens (2009) added an inning of solid shutout relief.
Record: 5-4, 36-43
Next: at Stockton, with Andrew Chafin (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide.
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) and David Nick (2009) each had a base hit in the BayBears’ 4-3 loss at Huntsville on Friday. Derek Eitel (2010) pitched well in seven innings of work, but was tagged with the loss.


Record: 4-5, 44-35
Next: at Huntsville
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Taylor Harbin (2007) and Jake Elmore (2008) each had a base hit while Cole Gillespie (3 HR, 8 RBI) was going nuts in the Aces’ 11-3 win over Fresno on Friday. Taylor Sinclair (2008) scattered two hits in his inning of work, but did not allow a run in finishing out the win.
Record: 48-34
Next: vs. Fresno

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .299 BA, 11 HR, 35 RBI, .927 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .269 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI, .775 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .275 BA, 7 HR, 42 RBI, .792 OPS Bryan Shaw (2008) 1-3, 2 saves, 2.90 ERA, 23 K in 31 IP
Lyle Overbay (1999) .338 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .948 OPS

TEAM: 39-37, 3rd in NL West, 4 GB … 3 GB in wildcard


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