Here’s today’s lineups and game notes. It should be a nice evening to take in a ballgame, so come out and bring some non-perishable food items for the Poverello Center. Those who do get four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four bags of chips and a game program for just $30 on Family Night.
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Manager: Andy Green|
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|Umpires:||Home Plate||Farris Pearson|
|First Base||Charlie Ramos|
The Osprey and Mustangs continue their four-game series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field tonight as Missoula looks to gain ground again in the Pioneer League North Division. The O’s are just a game out of first after last night’s win.
Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey took advantage of a number of opportunities produced by their patience at the plate on Sunday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as well as some solid pitching, to score a 6-2 victory over the Billings Mustangs in front of 1,923 fans. The Osprey (8-6) drew 11 walks in the win, and collected just five base hits in securing their fourth win in five games on their current seven-game homestand. Socrates Brito went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases to pace the Osprey at the plate. Danny Pulfer added a pair of hits, while Jake Lamb chipped in with a hit and a RBI. Pedro Ruiz drew three of the 11 walks for the Osprey, including one with the bases loaded that came in a three-run rally in the bottom of the second inning. Karl Triana (1-1) was the beneficiary of the early Osprey offensive outburst, nurturing the 5-1 lead the Missoula bats staked him to pick up his first win of the season in Missoula. In his five innings of work, Triana scattered five hits and two walks, plus struck out three batters while allowing just one run. The other four innings on the mound belonged to the bullpen tandem of Mike Blake and Dexter Price. Blake pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks, while Price allowed just one hit in the final 2 1/3 innings, and collected a strikeout to finish off the win.
How about this situation – the Osprey lineup on Sunday featured five of their first six hitters batting above .300, and a sixth – Danny Pulfer – who joined that list during the game from the No. 7 spot … The O’s are now fourth in the league in hitting, but second in on-base and slugging, and back in first in OPS … The Osprey also regained the lead in pitching … Missoula may be second in the league in steals, but has been caught just four times, giving them a league-best 86.7% (26-of-30) success rate.
On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to the hill as he looks to build on his first two starts of the season. Ray (1-0, 1.13) pitched three innings and allowed a run on four hits and three walks on Opening Night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on June 22, then came back five days later and was even better, allowing just a hit and a walk in five shutout innings of work against Helena on Wednesday, striking out six batters. This will be his third straight home start – he won’t make a start on the road until Saturday in Helena. 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. Ray received numerous honors while at Houston both for his pitching and for his academic ability.
The Mustangs will counter tonight with right-hander Drew Cisco, who has logged just five innings of work over his first two starts of the season. Cisco (0-0, 5.40) was touched up for four runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings of work on Wednesday at home against Great Falls. However, one unique thing about Cisco – he likes to have the ball put in play. In five innings of work, Cisco has yet to collect a strikeout or allow a walk.
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D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:
|AZL D-backs||Alumni Briefing: Alan Santiago (2009) went 0-for-4 in the AZL D-backs’ 4-3, 12-inning win over the AZL Angels on Sunday.
|Next: vs. AZL Brewers|
|DSL D-backs1/2||Update: The DSL teams both had the day off on Sunday.
|Next: vs. DSL Twins/at DSL Pirates2|
|SS-A Yakima||Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) had three hits, two RBIs, a run scred and a stolen base in the Bears’ 7-5 loss to Spokane on Sunday. Pitchers Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) and Victor Acosta (2010) combined to surrender four runs over four relief innings.|
|Next: vs. Spokane|
|Class A South Bend||Alumni Briefing: The Silver Hawks lost 6-1 to Lansing on Sunday. Matt Helm (2009-10) had two hits, while Fidel Pena (2010-11), Eric Groff (2010-11) and Roidany Aguila (2009-11) each added a base hit. Archie Bradley (2011) struck out six in three innings, but also surrendered five walks, two hits and three earned runs to take the loss. Seth Simmons (2011) provided two innings of scoreless relief, striking out four batters while lowering his ERA for the season to 1.67.|
|Record: 5-5, 40-40|
|Next: vs. Lansing|
|Class A Advanced Visalia||Alumni Briefing: The Rawhide fell behind early and could not rally back as they fell to Inland Empire, 5-3, on Sunday. Jon Griffin (2011) hit his 15th homerun of the season and drove in a pair of runs, while Keon Broxton (2009), Ender Inciarte (2009) and Bobby Borchering (2009) each collected a base hit. Patrick Schuster (2009-10) pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless relief behind Raymond Hernandez (2011), while DJ Johnson (2011) added an inning of scoreless relief.|
|Record: 6-5, 37-44|
|Next: vs. Inland Empire, with Taylor Siemens (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide.|
|Double-A Mobile||Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009), Rossmel Perez (2008) and David Nick (2009) each had a base hit as the BayBears fell to Mississippi on Sunday, 4-1. Eric Smith (2009) and Yonata Ortega (2007) combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
|Record: 5-6, 45-36|
|Next: vs. Mississippi, with Chase Anderson (2009) getting the start for the BayBears.|
|Triple-A Reno||Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) doubled and homered, while Jake Elmore (2008), Taylor Harbin (2007) and Rusty Ryal (2005) each added a base hit as the Aces beat Las Vegas on Sunday, 8-6.|
|Next: vs. Las Vegas, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces.|
Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
|Paul Goldschmidt (2009)||.292 BA, 11 HR, 35 RBI, .907 OPS||Gerardo Parra (2006)||.267 BA, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .766 OPS|
|Miguel Montero (2002-03)||.276 BA, 8 HR, 43 RBI, .807 OPS||Bryan Shaw (2008)||1-3, 2 saves, 2.73 ERA, 26 K in 33 IP|
|Lyle Overbay (1999)||.321 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .910 OPS||
TEAM: 39-39, 3rd in NL West, 5 GB … 4 GB in wildcard