Lineup for Game 1 vs. Orem

Ready for another game tonight here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as the Osprey get ready to take on the Orem Owlz in a few minutes. More info below as well …

Orem Owlz
Overall: 11-14
Manager: Tom Kotchman
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
17 Joel Capote LF .514 0 8
4 Sherman Johnson 2B .259 1 8
35 Wade Hinkle 1B .301 6 25
40 Michael Snyder DH .349 2 16
33 Jonathan Walsh RF .260 3 13
2 Wendell Soto SS .356 3 17
57 Michael Bolaski 3B .274 4 14
25 Chevy Clarke CF .333 0 1
48 Adrian Gutierrez C .286 0 3
39 Aaron Newcomb 0-0 4.91 4-3 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
(BOLD: Special Jersey Number for Welcome to the Major Leagues Night)
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 13-12
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Evan Marzilli CF .424 0 3
16 Danny Pulfer 2B .240 1 9
35 Jake Lamb 3B .340 1 13
7 Michael Perez C .353 3 18
19 Socrates Brito RF .241 0 10
9 Yosbel Gutierrez DH .366 1 5
34 Rudy Flores 1B .276 0 11
25 Breland Almadova LF .317 0 8
9 John Leonard SS .200 0 3
36 Ross Gerdeman 1-2 5.74 5-4 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Mitchell Morgan
First Base Clinton Vondraic

The Skinny:
The Osprey open a four-game series against the Orem Owlz after losing their second straight series, the first time that has happened this season. The O’s have lost four of their past six games, and will attempt to get back on track against an Owlz squad who has bounced back from a 1-8 start to win 10 of their last 16 games.

Last Time Out:
Yosbel Gutierrez had a pair of hits, but the Missoula Osprey could not muster enough offense to keep up with Grand Junction on Friday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as the Rockies took down a 10-1 win in front of 2,329 fans. Grand Junction (12-13) batted around and scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning off of Missoula pitchers Jared Ray (1-2) and Dexter Price to turn a 3-0 lead into a 10-0 cushion, and did not look back in taking two of three games in the series. The Osprey were held to just five hits, two of which were singles by Gutierrez. Ty Linton singled and scored the lone Osprey run in the bottom of the eighth inning, ending a span of 13 scoreless frames for Missoula. Justin Bianco and Jake Lamb also singled for the Osprey. Vince Spilker delivered the best pitching performance of the night, allowing just one hit while pitching a scoreless inning of relief.

Next up: Orem Owlz (11-14):
The Orem Owlz come calling on Ogren Park Allegiance Field for the next four games. Orem started the season by losing eight of its first nine games, but has bounced back and looked to make a run in the first half, only to drop two of three games at Billings – including a 22-6 contest on Friday which got out of hand late, as the Mustangs scored 16 runs from the seventh inning on. One stat oddity on the Owlz – they have been involved in a tie game from the fifth inning on only once this season. They are unbeaten when leading after seven innings (11-0) and winless when trailing after seven innings (0-14).


Hits=Wins?? Yes, indeed:
There are a bunch of different barometers you can use to see how a team’s wins relates to their performance in a certain stat category. For example – 10 or more hits for teams usually ends up in wins. The Osprey can attest to that theory, since they are 8-4 when they collect 10 or more hits. More than that, though, comes this nugget – entering the Orem series, if the O’s get 11 or more hits so far in 2012, they are 8-0.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to the hill as he looks to bounce back from a rough outing in Helena. Gerdeman (1-2, 5.74) pitched five innings of relief at Kindrick Legion Field on Sunday, allowing five hits and three walks, and five earned runs in a 6-2 setback. Gerdeman has been roughed up a bit in the month of July, to the tune of a 9.90 ERA in his two post-June outings. Before that, Gerdeman was 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA.

The Owlz will counter tonight with right-hander Aaron Newcomb, who has been solid at home but will be making only his second start on the road. Newcomb (0-0, 4.91) gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in just 2 2/3 innings pitched in that lone road outing at Grand Junction. He has not pitched more than three innings in an outing this season, doing that twice against Idaho Falls. The Delta State product was picked in the 19th round by the Angels in the 2012 MLB Draft.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:


Extra Innings:


Team Hitting:


First Half:


Lead After 5:


PL Rank:


Second Half:


Tied After 5:


Team Pitching:




Trail After 5:


PL Rank:




One-run games:


Longest Winning Streak:

3 games



Two-run games:


Longest Losing Streak

3 games



Three-run games:


HR total at home:


Score First:


+3-run games:


Pitching K total:


Score Last:


Shutout Record:


Pitching K/9IP Ratio:


D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs lost to the Athletics in Arizona League play on Friday, 12-11.


Record: 7-10
Next: vs. AZL Royals
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs picked up a game and are now just a game back of the DSL Rockies in the DSL Boca Chica Baseball City standings, beating the Rox 1-0 on Friday.


Record: 20-16
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears lost to Salem-Keizer on Friday, 6-4, but they still have a 3.5 game lead on Tri-City in the East Division of the Northwest League.
Record: 17-11
Next: at Salem-Keizer
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Eric Groff (2010-11) drove home Matt Helm (2009-10) with a double for the Silver Hawks’ lone run in a 2-1 setback at Kane County on Friday. Ryan Court (2011) and Tom Belza (2011) added a base hit each.
Record: 11-10, 46-45
Next: at Clinton
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: The Rawhide split a doubleheader with Lancaster on Friday, winning Game 1, 7-2, and dropping a 13-3 decision to the JetHawks in the nightcap. In Game 1, Ender Inciarte (2009) had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI, while Jon Griffin (2011) added a base hit and a RBI. Raywilly Gomez (2009) also singled in the win. Blake Cooper (2010) pitched the final two innings to seal the win. In Game 2, Andrew Chafin (2011), Ray Hernandez (2011) and Conrad Flynn (2011) all were touched up for runs, while Inciarte had three hits, a run scored, a stolen base and a RBI, improving his average to .355 on the season. Inciarte also now has 12 stolen bases.
Record: 13-6, 44-45
Next: at San Jose, with Taylor Siemens (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears split a twinbill with the Huntsville Stars on Friday, winning game one, 2-1, while dropping a 4-2 decision in the nightcap. In Game 1, Chris Owings (2009) went 2-for-3 with a single and triple, while David Nick (2009) added a base hit. Chase Anderson (2009) pitched the first three innings, surrendering just two hits and collecting two strikeouts, while Eury De La Rosa (2009) pitched the seventh, striking out two of the three batters he faced, to pick up the save. In Game 2, Owings went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out a pair of batters.
Record: 10-12, 50-42
Next: at Montgomery
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) had three hits, including a leadoff home run, and scored three times in the Aces’ 7-2 win over Salt Lake on Friday. He also drew a pair of walks and stole three bases. The effort lifted Eaton’s batting average back to .390 for the season. Rusty Ryal (2005) went 1-for-4 and also stole a base, one of five the Aces would have on the night.
Record: 55-38
Next: vs. Salt Lake, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .301 BA, 12 HR, 42 RBI, .914 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .279 BA, 6 HR, 25 RBI, .780 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .268 BA, 8 HR, 45 RBI, .796 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: 42-44, 3rd in NL West, 5 GB … 6 GB in wildcard

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