Lineups, additions and updates

We’ll have lineups here in a moment, but first, two things to bring you up to speed on that have been developments over the past 24 hours.

– The Osprey have a new addition – he’s 8th round pick Evan Marzilli. Marzilli will likely make his Osprey debut during the three-game series at Great Falls.

– Billings infielder Brandon Dailey did suffer a left knee injury during the fifth inning in Monday’s game. However, it may not be as serious as first feared. Nothing definite will be known until he gets examined further in a couple of days. We wish him the best and hope it’s a speedy recovery for him. The Osprey won’t see Billings again until August 10 here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

OK … lineups and notes time!!

Billings Mustangs
  Overall: 9-6
  Manager:Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
41 Beau Amaral CF .444 0 0
23 Jesse Winker DH .413 0 8
21 Spencer Dickinson LF .370 1 7
16 Robert Maddox 1B .293 2 8
40 Robert Ramirez 3B .200 0 4
5 Taylor Wrenn 2B .100 0 1
18 Brennan May RF .333 0 3
50 Fray Sosa C .333 0 4
11 Sammy Diaz SS .262 0 5
51 Joel Bender 0-0 9.39 3-0 LHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
  Overall: 9-6
  Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz 2B .347 1 3
21 Breland Almadova CF .340 0 6
18 Jake Lamb 3B .357 1 8
33 Rudy Flores 1B .303 0 9
7 Michael Perez C .333 3 14
26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH .333 0 3
17 Ty Linton LF .212 3 9
15 Justin Bianco RF .139 0 3
12 John Leonard SS .227 0 1
24 Ross Gerdeman 1-0 3.24 2-2 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Charlie Ramos
First Base Farris Pearson
The Skinny:
The Osprey and Mustangs close out their four-game series tonight with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League’s North Division. The other team could be in a tie for second with Great Falls, who plays at Helena tonight. A large crowd is expected tonight, as a fireworks show is scheduled for after the game.Last Time Out:
The Osprey continued their solid play at home on Monday with a 5-2 victory over the Billings Mustangs in front of 2,241 fans. Jake Lamb hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning which gave the Osprey the lead for good. Missoula would add an insurance run on a Billings error in the bottom of the eighth to finish off the scoring. Once again, the Osprey pitching staff gave an all-around solid performance. Starter Jared Ray pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just two runs on four hits, but surrendered four walks. Michael Rivera (1-1) came on in relief and gave up just a hit and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of work to pick up the win in relief. Justin Thompson retired the final four batters, two of them with strikeouts, to earn his second save in three chances. Michael Perez staked the Osprey to a 1-0 lead with a long solo home run to right-center field. Billings tied the game in the top of the third and then scored a run in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. John Leonard and Danny Pulfer led off the home half of the seventh inning with back-to-back walks. After a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, Socrates Brito grounded out to second to plate Leonard with the game-tying run. Lamb chased Pulfer home as he drilled a 2-2 pitch from Mustang reliever Tony Amezuca (0-2) over the right-center field wall, giving the Osprey a 4-2 lead. Ty Linton had three hits and scored the eighth-inning tally.

O’s Sweep Player/Pitcher of the Week Honors:
Osprey infielder Danny Pulfer and pitcher Andrew Barbosa claimed the Pioneer League Offensive Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, on Monday. Pulfer is coming off a week where he ended an 0-for-15 slide with a cycle against Helena. Since the rough start, including Monday’s game, Pulfer has 11 hits in his last 18 at-bats. Barbosa has started his Osprey career with 16 scoreless innings (including 12 last week), and the lefty leads the Pioneer League in both ERA (0.00) and strikeouts (24).

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to the hill as he tries to pick up his first win since Opening Night in Billings. Gerdeman (1-0, 3.24) pitched into the sixth inning at Dehler Park on June 18, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while collecting four strikeouts in a 13-3 Osprey win. Gerdeman has made two starts since then, both at home, and has struggled a bit, with an ERA of 4.09 in his past 11 innings. His longest stint was a 6 1/3 innings pitched outing against Great Falls on June 23 – ironically, also a fireworks night.

The Mustangs will counter tonight with right-hander Wes Mugarian, who took the loss in the opener, and since then has a no-decision and a win. Mugarian (1-1, 3.21) allowed eight hits and three earned runs to Missoula in his first start of the season on June 18. Five days later, Mugarian tossed five shutout innings at Helena for a win. In his last start, on June 28 against Great Falls, Mugarian allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of walks in what turned out to be a no-decision. In four career outings against the Osprey, Mugarian is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA – and is 0-1 with a ERA of 9.00 in two starts at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W3

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.285

First Half:

9-6

Lead After 5:

6-1

PL Rank:

5th

Second Half:

0-0

Tied After 5:

3-2

Team Pitching:

3.66

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

0-3

PL Rank:

1st

July:

2-0

One-run games:

4-3

Longest Winning Streak:

3 games

August:

0-0

Two-run games:

0-1

Longest Losing Streak

3 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

1-1

HR total at home:

6

Score First:

8-3

+3-run games:

4-1

Pitching K total:

138

Score Last:

3-1

Shutout Record:

1-1

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.85

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs lost to the AZL Brewers on Monday, 14-7.
Record: 4-6
Next: at AZL Padres
DSL D-backs1/2 Update: The DSL D-backs won their game over the DSL Twins, 4-3, while the DSL D-backs/Reds lost to the DSL Pirates2 team, 10-2.
Record: 15-11/3-23
Next: vs. DSL White Sox/vs. DSL Yankees1
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) had two hits and two RBIs in the Bears’ 7-3 win over Spokane on Monday. Victor Capellan (2009) surrendered a run on three hits in two innings of work, but also struck out three batters.
Record: 10-8
Next: vs. Spokane
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Raul Navarro (2010) singled home Eric Groff (2010-11) with the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Silver Hawks to a wild, 6-5 win over Lansing on Monday. Navarro and Groff each finished with two hits, while Ryan Court (2011) added two hits and two RBIs for the Hawks. Kable Hogben (2009) picked up the win in relief.
Record: 6-5, 41-40
Next: vs. Lansing
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Ender Inciarte (2009) had a day for the Rawhide on Monday against Inland Empire, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a stolen base and a RBI in a 13-12, 10-inning win. Jon Griffin (2011) added a pair of hits, while Keon Broxton (2009) chipped in with a hit, run scored, a stolen base and a RBI. The former Osprey pitching quartet struggled as Taylor Siemens (2011), Conrad Flynn (2011), Jeremy Erben (2010) and Blake Cooper (2010) combined to give up all 12 runs in a combined nine innings.
Record: 7-5, 38-44
Next: vs. Inland Empire
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) collected a hit and a run scored in the BayBears’ 6-2 win over Mississippi on Monday. Chase Anderson (2009) was once again solid, allowing just a solo home run over five innings while striking out four batters. Eury De La Rosa (2009) pitched two scoreless innings behind him, striking out four batters.
Record: 6-6, 46-36
Next: vs. Mississippi
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Taylor Harbin (2007) had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored as the Aces stormed back and beat Las Vegas, 15-8, thanks to an 8-run bottom of the 8th inning. Adam Eaton (2010) and Jake Elmore (2008) each had a hit and a RBI. Elmore added two runs scored. That rally managed to get Charles Brewer (2009) off the hook, as he surrendered eight runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Ironically, a former Osprey took the loss – Jerry Gil (2000), who is an infielder-turned-pitcher. He surrendered seven of the eight runs in the 8th inning while getting just one out. Gil fell to 4-1 on the season, while his ERA ballooned to 4.42.
Record: 50-35
Next: vs. Las Vegas

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .297 BA, 11 HR, 36 RBI, .915 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .272 BA, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .771 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .272 BA, 8 HR, 43 RBI, .794 OPS Bryan Shaw (2008) 1-3, 2 saves, 2.67 ERA, 26 K in 33.2 IP
Lyle Overbay (1999) .321 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .910 OPS

TEAM: 39-40, 3rd in NL West, 5.5 GB … 4 GB in wildcard

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