by Ben Catley
It’s a warm one again tonight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as the Osprey get ready for game two of their three-game set with the Grand Junction Rockies. Fans are encouraged to head to the Osprey Online Box Suite, especially if you are listening online, to check in with other Osprey fans from around the globe, as well as participate in the “You Make the Call” as well as other fun things.
Tonight, we’re on the air at 6:50, with the first pitch at 7:05 on AM 930 KMPT and online here. We’ll have the second part of the interview with D-backs Field Coordinator Jeff Pico in the pre-game.
|Grand Junction Rockies|
|Manager: Tony Diaz|
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Manager: Andy Green|
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|Umpires:||Home Plate||Mitchell Morgan|
|First Base||Clinton Vondraic|
The Osprey and Rockies continue their three-game series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field after playing a tough nip-and-tuck affair in the opener on Wednesday, won late by the home club.
Last Time Out:
Socrates Brito hit a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie as the Missoula Osprey beat the Grand Junction Rockies on Wednesday, 6-3, at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,419 fans. With the win and a Great Falls loss to Ogden, the Osprey (13-10) jumped into a tie for first place in the Pioneer League’s North Division with both the Voyagers and the Billings Mustangs, who beat Orem on Wednesday. Brito lined a 0-1 pitch deep to center field to chase home Pedro Ruiz and Michael Perez with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, snapping a 3-3 tie. Brito would then score on a balk by Rockies pitcher Raul Fernandez (0-1) to account for the final margin. After Julian Yan homered to give Grand Junction (10-13) a 1-0 lead, the Osprey answered with a pair of runs in the second, on a Justin Bianco two-run single. Michael Perez plated a run with a single in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 3-1. Grand Junction would scratch across a run in the top of the fifth and tied the game in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by Matt Wessinger. Karl Triana pitched a solid five innings, scattering five hits and two walks, surrendering two runs (one earned) while striking out five batters. Michael Rivera pitched two shutout innings of relief. Chris Capper (1-1) allowed the Wessinger homer in the eighth, but minimized the damage with a pair of strikeouts to pick up the win. Justin Thompson struck out the side in the top of the ninth to earn his third save in four chances. The Osprey had just seven hits on the night, three of them by left fielder Evan Marzilli. Breland Almadova added a single to the Osprey effort at the plate.
Notes from the Nest:
The Osprey now have six players with 10 or more RBIs (Perez 17, Lamb 12, Linton 12, Flores 11, Bianco 10, Brito 10) … On their current pace, the 2012 Osprey will set a new team standard for doubles in a season. The current mark of 165 was set in 2005 … The O’s are also on pace to crush the current triples record of 35, set last season … Missoula also leads the league in defense (.975).
On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Yoimer Camacho to the hill as he makes his Ogren Park Allegiance Field Debut tonight. Camacho (0-1, 2.35) has made both of his starts on the road so far this season, pitching well in each. He last pitched at Helena on Sunday, limited to three innings of work to be able to come back on three day’s rest. It was his first start since his Osprey debut on June 21, when he sprained an ankle while covering home plate in what would be a 3-0 loss at Billings, allowing just one earned run in 4 2/3 innings pitched. In 7 2/3 innings, Camacho has fanned 10 batters.
The Rockies will counter tonight with right-hander Eddie Butler, who is coming off of his best outing of the young season. Butler (1-1, 5.00) pitched four scoreless innings at home against Idaho Falls on Friday, allowing just two hits while collecting three strikeouts. His lone road start of the season came at Orem on July 1, when he surrendered four runs on five hits and a walk in three innings of work in a loss. Butler is one of the 1st-round picks on the Grand Junction roster (OF David Dahl the other), selected out of Radford University this past June.
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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.|
|Next: At AZL Indians|
|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: Blake Perry (2010) pitched six effective innings, with Frank Santana (2011) and Victor Capellan (2009) providing an inning each of scoreless relief in Yakima’s 8-7 win over Samel-Keizer.|
|Next: at Salem-Keizer|
|Class A South Bend||Alumni Briefing: Andrew Barbosa (2012) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his Hawks debut, which ended up in a 3-0 loss to Kane County. Matt Sample (2011) and Keith Hessler (2011) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings behind Barbosa. Bryan Henry (2011) had two of South Bend’s four hits in the game, while Ryan Court (2011) added a base hit.|
|Record: 10-9, 45-44|
|Next: at Kane County, with Archie Bradley (2011) getting the start for the Silver Hawks|
|Class A Advanced Visalia||Alumni Briefing: The game with Lancaster was postponed due to rain.|
|Record: 13-6, 44-45|
|Next: vs. Lancaster, with Andrew Chafin (2011) getting the call for the Rawhide.|
|Double-A Mobile||Alumni Briefing: David Nick (2009) singled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the BayBears knocked off Huntsville, 3-2. Rossmel Perez (2008) contributed a sacrifice bunt to the key 10th inning, and also was hit by a pitch, scored a run and (along with Nick) stole a base. Eury De La Rosa (2009) came on to pick up a key out in the top of the eighth inning, retiring the only batter he faced.|
|Record: 9-11, 49-41|
|Next: vs. Huntsville|
|Triple-A Reno||Alumni Briefing: Both Jake Elmore (2008) and Adam Eaton (2010) collected a single and a run scored as the Pacific Coast League beat the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, 3-0.|
|Next: vs. Salt Lake|
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