Today, we feature a video on Adam Eaton and what adjustments he has made in his professional baseball career to become the hitter he is today (read the Alumni Update section for the link), as well as our usual game-day fare, including a focus on defense.
At the moment, the park is quiet, sans the music and the sounds of leather catching rawhide. Shortly, the Osprey will begin batting practice, and the place will get a little more lively. Gates open at 5:30 tonight for Happy Hour Night, and remember it’s also T-Shirt Night, with the first 750 fans getting an Ollie Opsrey 10th Birthday T-Shirt, courtesy of Missoula Federal Credit Union and KPAX-TV.
Not sure who the pre-game guest will be today … with more rovers into town today, we may go in a different direction. Then again, it will likely be a look at the newest team in the league through the eyes of their radio voice, Adam Spolane, who will give us a heads-up on what to expect in Grand Junction. So the best thing to say here is tune in at 6:50 and we’ll find out who will be with us.
In the meantime, time for the lineups and such …
|Grand Junction Rockies|
|Manager: Tony Diaz|
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Manager: Andy Green|
|Starting Pitcher Stats||W-L||ERA||G-GS|
|Umpires:||Home Plate||Clinton Vondraic|
|First Base||Mitchell Morgan|
The Osprey and Rockies play the rubber match of their three-game series tonight. The Rox won on Thursday. The two teams will play four games in Grand Junction next week.
Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey received solid pitching once again against the Grand Junction Rockies, but the guests dialed long distance to come up with a rally and beat the home standing Osprey, 4-3, on Thursday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,602 fans. The Osprey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning, thanks to RBI singles by Jake Lamb and Michael Perez, and a RBI fielder’s choice by Evan Marzilli. However, the Rockies would use three home runs, including one by Ben Waldrip in the top of the ninth inning off of Chase Stevens (1-2), to secure the win. Missoula used a strong start by Yoimer Camacho to jump out to the lead. Camacho allowed just a run on four hits while striking out seven batters in five innings of work. Camacho, Patrick Smith and Stevens combined to strike out 14 Grand Junction batters on the night. The game also featured a statistical oddity – neither pitching staff surrendered a walk during the contest. Smith, who worked 2 1/3 innings out of the Missoula bullpen, did hit a batter in the eighth – Julian Yan, who scored on Jose Briceno’s two-run homer off of Smith that tied the game. The Osprey had 10 hits in the game, including two each by Pedro Ruiz, Lamb and Perez. Ty Linton added a double, while Marzilli (on an eight-game hitting streak), Socrates Brito and John Leonard each singled for Missoula.
Notes from the Nest (Defensive and On the Clock Edition):
The Osprey have been successful at taking care of the running game of the opposition this season. Entering Friday’s contest, the O’s have thrown out 51.4 percent of would-be base-stealers. Michael Perez alone has thrown out 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) baserunners … Four of the five outfield assists this season have come from a right-fielder … Entering this homestand, the Osprey had just two games played in under 2 hours, 30 minutes. On the homestand, that has doubled, as both games have taken 2:24 or less … Three Osprey players currently lead their positions defensively (Jake Lamb, 3B; Michael Perez, C and Chris Pack, P).
On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to the hill as he looks to bounce back from a loss, but continue his strong pitching this season. Ray (1-1, 2.04) lost his last decision, on Saturday at Helena, as he did not make it out of the fifth inning. The bugaboo was walks in the 8-1 setback – he walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings pitched. However, Ray allowed just a run while scattering five hits and striking out six batters. Ray’s WHIP is at 1.42, as he has walked 12 batters in 17 2/3 innings, but has allowed only 13 hits. Teams hit only .190 off of Ray in three starts at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Ray was a 34th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft as a fifth-year senior out of the University of Houston.
The Rockies will counter tonight with right-hander Matt Carasiti, who has pitched well away from Sam Suplezio Field. Carasiti (0-1, 6.11) has made two starts away from home, posting a 4.15 ERA in two no-decisions. At home, Carasiti is 0-1 with an ERA of 8.00. Carasiti has also walked more batters (nine) than he has struck out (seven) in his 17 2/3 innings of work. Carasiti has also been better since the calendar changed to July, posting a 4.50 ERA in his two post-June starts. In addition, Carasiti has pitched five innings in each of his past two starts. Carasiti was a third-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft out of St. John’s.
The Osprey currently lead the league in defense, posting a .976 fielding percentage, while committing only 23 errors. They enter Friday’s action with 13 fewer errors than second-place Great Falls.
By The Numbers:
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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, who won on Thursday with an 8-run seventh inning, 17-15, over the AZL Indians.|
|Next: at AZL Athletics|
|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) had a base hit, run scored and a RBI in the Bears’ 8-5 win at Salem-Keizer on Thursday. Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) pitched around two hits and two walks in 2.2 scoreless innings pitched, while Victor Acosta (2010) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the season.|
|Next: at Salem-Keizer|
|Class A South Bend||Alumni Briefing: Archie Bradley (2011) allowed just four hits and a walk in six innings of work, while Seth Simmons (2011) added a scoreless 1.1 innings, allowing a walk and fanning four batters, in a 9-1 win at Kane County on Thursday. Ryan Court (2011), playing near his hometown, had a 2-for-5 night with an RBI, while Tom Belza (2011) went 3-for-4. However, the big numbers were put up by Roidany Aguila (2009-11), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a home run, and four RBIs. Chris Ellison (2011) added three runs scored on three walks and a triple.|
|Record: 11-9, 46-44|
|Next: at Kane County|
|Class A Advanced Visalia||Alumni Briefing: The game with Lancaster was postponed due to wet grounds. They will play a doubleheader today.|
|Record: 13-6, 44-45|
|Next: vs. Lancaster, with Andrew Chafin (2011) getting the call for the Rawhide in Game 2.|
|Double-A Mobile||Alumni Briefing: The BayBears were rained out on Thursday, and will play a doubleheader today.|
|Record: 9-11, 49-41|
|Next: vs. Huntsville|
|Triple-A Reno||Alumni Briefing: Both and Adam Eaton (2010) resumed the lead in the PCL in hitting with a 2-for-4 night, bumping his average to .384 (See the video here on his adjustments). He also scored runs in both the third and fourth innings – the Aces scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to win over Salt Lake, 8-7. Jake Elmore (2008) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of walks, with his average dipping a bit to .381. Taylor Harbin (2007) added a single and a double, a run scored, and a RBI – he’s hitting .313 on the season.|
|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