We’re back home, as the Missoula Osprey open a seven-game homestand against the Grand Junction Rockies tonight. It’s three against the Rox and four against the Orem Owlz over the next week at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.
So here are the lineups and such for tonight …
|Grand Junction Rockies|
|Manager: Tony Diaz|
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|Manager: Andy Green|
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|Umpires:||Home Plate||David Marcoe|
|First Base||Mitchell Morgan|
The Osprey open up a seven-game homestand against South Division foes Grand Junction and Orem with a three-game series with the newfound Rockies, who moved from Casper during the off-season.
Last Time Out:
Justin Bianco hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs as the Missoula Osprey snapped a two-game slide with a 12-2 win over the Helena Brewers on Monday in front of 865 fans here at Kindrick Legion Field. Bianco, who finished with three hits and three runs scored, became the 26th player to have a multi-home run game in Osprey history. The right fielder hit a solo shot in the third and a three-run blast in the top of the fourth to give Missoula a 4-2 lead. The Osprey (12-10) then proceeded to score two runs in each of the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings to cruise to the victory. Chris Pack (2-1) pitched five strong innings to get the win on the mound, combining with Dexter Price, Vince Spilker and Chase Stevens on a five-hitter. Pedro Ruiz had four of Missoula’s 15 hits in the contest, and drove in a pair of runs, while Ty Linton and Evan Marzilli added two hits each.
On the Rockies:
Grand Junction comes in on a three-game losing streak, but posted a 4-3 homestand at Sam Suplizio Field heading into the North-South swing. Offensively, they’re lead by second baseman Juan Ciriaco, who is hitting at a .394 clip, while outfielder David Dahl leads the Rox with 14 RBIs while hitting.329. As a team, the Rockies are hitting .282. Their pitching staff has an ERA of 5.80.
Barbosa heads to the ‘Bend:
Osprey pitcher Andrew Barbosa, who recently claimed the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending July 2, has been promoted to Class A South Bend. Barbosa was 1-0 with a 0.41 ERA, just giving up his first run of the season in a no-decision against Great Falls on July 5, ending a stretch of 16 scoreless innings. In 22 innings of work, Barbosa struck out 28 batters, and still currently leads the PBL in both ERA and strikeouts.
On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Karl Triana to the hill as he looks to continue his current string of solid starts. Triana (2-1, 6.28) has won each of his last two starts, and is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in the month of July. The opposition has hit just .200 off of Triana in his last two starts. Before Triana had a struggle in his Osprey debut against Helena, he fired five innings of four-hit, 10-strikeout ball in his lone start in the Arizona Rookie League last month. Triana is in his second pro season – he was 3-5 with a 3.06 ERA in the Dominican Summer League in 2011.
The Rockies will counter tonight with right-hander Johendi Jiminian, who has worked three innings or less in each of his starts this season. Jiminian (0-0, 4.50) is coming off of a three-inning scoreless stint against Idaho Falls, while allowing two hits and three walks. Jiminian allowed two runs in each of his prior two starts, but has still left the game with his team either tied or in the lead. The Dominican Republic native spent his first two professional seasons in the Dominican Summer League, posting a 9-8 record with a 3.68 ERA for his career entering the season.
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D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:
|AZL D-backs||Alumni Briefing: Alan Santiago (2009) is hitting just .143 in five games (14 at-bats) for the AZL D-backs.
|DSL D-backs||Update: The DSL D-backs are currently two games back of the DSL Rockies in the DSL Boca Chica Baseball City standings.
|SS-A Yakima||Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) is currently hitting .245 with six home runs and 17 RBIs, leading the Bears in both homers and RBIs … Jesus Abreu (2012) is 4-for-10 since moving to Yakima from Missoula … Perry is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four appearances, including three starts, which includes a 9-inning complete game … Victor Acosta (2010) and Victor Capellan (2009) have combined to go 3-1 on the mound and convert three saves in three opportunities.|
|Next: at Salem-Keizer, with Blake Perry (2010) getting the start.|
|Class A South Bend||Alumni Briefing: Andrew Barbosa (2012) will make his debut tonight for the Silver Hawks … Seth Simmons (2011) has been the most effective former Osprey pitcher in the Silver Hawks staff, going 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA, and 56 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. Keep an eye out for JR Bradley (2010), who is 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA since June 1 … Ryan Court (2011) has heated up in July, hitting .378 in nine games this month with a team-high seven RBIs.|
|Record: 10-8, 45-43|
|Next: at Kane County, with Andrew Barbosa (2012) making his Hawks debut with a start.|
|Class A Advanced Visalia||Alumni Briefing: Ender Inciarte (2009) and Jon Griffin (2011) are the current cogs of the Rawhide offense, with recent promotions made over the past month. Griffin is hitting .301 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs, while Inciarte is batting .324 in 18 games since his promotion. The pleasant surprise may be the now-healthy Jeremy Erben (2010), who started the season on the disabled list, but has produced in the Rawhide bullpen, posting a 2.96 ERA and striking out 36 batters in 27 1/3 innings pitched. Also keep an eye on Bradin Hagens (2009), who now has tossed 12 consecutive scoreless innings, including a pair of starts where he has allowed a total of five hits.|
|Record: 13-6, 44-45|
|Next: vs. Lancaster, with Andrew Chafin (2011) getting the call for the Rawhide.|
|Double-A Mobile||Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) has settled down after a rough start, and is now hitting .258 in 19 games since being called up from Class A Advanced Visalia, with six extra-base hits and 16 RBIs. David Nick (2009), meanwhile, continues to be consistent at second base, hitting .259 with 25 RBIs. Chase Anderson (2009) continues to be strong on the mound, going 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 12 starts this season.|
|Record: 8-11, 48-41|
|Next: vs. Huntsville|
|Triple-A Reno||Alumni Briefing: Both Jake Elmore (2008) and Adam Eaton (2010) will be busy tonight, as they will start for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Both Elmore and Eaton have been at the top of the Pacific Coast League hitting charts for much of the season. Eaton enters the All-Star Break with the lead in batting, toting a .385 batting average. Elmore is second with a .382 mark. The tandem are also 1-2 in on-base percentage with Elmore (.465) just ahead of Eaton (.457); and also the top two in runs scored (Eaton leads, 90-81), and in the top five in stolen bases (Elmore 25, Eaton 23, and are 3rd and 4th in the PCL). Eaton is tied for the PCL lead in doubles (31) and leads the league in hits (121), while Elmore is in the top five in triples (seven) while ranking third in hits (118).|
|Next: Off-Day (All-Star Break)|
Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
|Paul Goldschmidt (2009)||.302 BA, 12 HR, 42 RBI, .920 OPS||Gerardo Parra (2006)||.276 BA, 6 HR, 25 RBI, .774 OPS|
|Miguel Montero (2002-03)||.272 BA, 8 HR, 45 RBI, .797 OPS||Bryan Shaw (2008)||1-3, 2 saves, 3.38 ERA, 26 K in 34.2 IP|
|Lyle Overbay (1999)||.317 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .900 OPS||
TEAM: 42-43, 3rd in NL West, 4 GB … 4 GB in wildcard