Starting lineups for Tuesday’s game and more …

by Ben Catley

It’s that time, not far away from the start of tonight’s Osprey game against Orem, the finale of four-game series with the Owlz and finale of the seven-game homestand. It’s another warm one tonight, but should be a great night for baseball.

The Osprey are eager to win. The clubhouse had a different feeling today – one of ready to have a ball on the field and let it all go. Same feeling we had in Helena in the game before the day off. I’m not calling for a 12-run outburst, but we’ll see what happens.

Here’s your lineups for tonight, and the game notes as well … which includes an Alumni Update.

Orem Owlz
Overall: 13-15
Manager: Tom Kotchman
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
2 Wendell Soto SS .388 3 18
4 Sherman Johnson 2B .235 1 8
29 Michael Snyder DH .374 5 25
33 Jonathan Walsh RF .267 3 13
8 Michael Bolaski 3B .273 4 14
25 Chevy Clarke CF .391 1 4
6 Andrew Ray LF .313 1 10
9 Jarrod Parks 1B .235 2 11
10 Sam Mulroy C .163 1 5
45 Gabriel Perez 4-1 4.94 5-5 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 14-14
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .366 1 6
35 Evan Marzilli CF .381 0 3
26 Yosbel Gutierrez C .372 1 5
7 Michael Perez DH .338 3 20
19 Socrates Brito RF .258 0 12
21 Breland Almadova LF .303 0 8
33 Rudy Flores 1B .294 0 14
30 Tyler Bream 3B .250 0 8
12 John Leonard 2B .187 0 3
48 Yoimer Camacho 0-1 2.13 3-3 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Clinton Vondraic
First Base Mitchell Morgan
The Skinny:
The Osprey  will conclude their four-game series with the Owlz, and their second seven-game homestand of the season, tonight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

Last Time Out:
Four Orem Owlz pitchers combine to scatter six hits and shut down the Missoula Osprey offense on Monday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, giving the Owlz a 6-0 win in front of 2,846 fans. Orem jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings off of Missoula starter Karl Triana (2-2). However, that would be all Triana would allow, as he would pitch six innings, scattering nine hits and a walk while striking out six. Triana allowed just three hits in his last four innings of work. Dexter Price allowed an unearned run in his two innings of work, while Bobby O’Neill pitched out of a jam in the top of the ninth inning to escape with a scoreless outing for the Osprey. Pedro Ruiz singled twice and tripled, collecting three of the six Osprey hits in the contest. Socrates Brito added a double and a pair of walks, while Michael Perez and Breland Almadova also singed for Missoula. For the Owlz, it was their first shutout as a pitching staff since they blanked Casper, 1-0, on September 2, 2010.

Power Drought:
It’s a different Osprey offensive team than in years past, and the past 10 games is evidence of that. In that time, the Osprey have hit just two home runs – both by Justin Bianco in one game at Helena. The Osprey have gone the entire homestand to date without hitting a roundtripper – which if the drought continues through tonight’s game, would be the first time the O’s went homerless at home for more than one series since they moved into what is now known as Ogren Park Allegiance Field in 2004. They have hit three home runs in their last 12 games (Yosbel Gutierrez in the opener at Great Falls on July 4), and the last home run hit at home was by Ty Linton, back on July 3 against Billings.

Still streakin’:
Even though he has played in 24 games, Pedro Ruiz has an intact streak of 23 straight games reaching base. He was brought in defensively in a game but never made a plate appearance. He also has the longest hit streak by an Osprey player this season (11).

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Yoimer Camacho to the hill as he continues to work his way back from an early-season ankle injury. Camacho (0-1, 2.13) took the loss in his first start, despite allowing just an earned run in 4 2/3 innings of work. He left that start at Billings with a sprained ankle, but has been solid since his return. In eight innings of work, spanning two starts, Camacho has allowed just a pair of runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out 13 batters. Camacho left his last start in line for a win against Grand Junction, surrendering just four hits and a run, on a solo home run, while striking out seven Rockies.

The Owlz will counter tonight with right-hander Gabriel Perez, whose numbers don’t tell the whole story of his 2012 season. Perez (4-1, 4.94) has had one bad outing – where he surrendered eight runs on 10 hits in a loss at Grand Junction. Other than that outing on June 26, Perez has been solid, giving up just five total runs in his four other starts, all of them wins, including road outings at Ogden and Billings. Perez is 3-0 in the month of July with a 2.40 ERA and a .175 opponent’s batting average. Perez has also struck out 17 in 15 July innings.

Pitching Probables
Wednesday, July 18
Off-day

Thursday, July 19
MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-2, 3.91) at GJ RHP Matt Carasiti (1-1, 4.56)

Friday, July 20
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (1-2, 5.29) at GJ RHP Josh Mueller (2-3, 8.38)

Saturday, July 21
MIS RHP Chris Pack (2-1, 4.98) vs. GJ RHP Alving Mejias (1-4, 7.50)

 

Pitcher’s Best Friend:
In his first four outings this season, Ross Gerdeman did not induce a single grounded into double play. In his last two starts, he has induced six of them, including four on Saturday night. It’s believed the five total DP tied a long-standing league record of five, done twice.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L2

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.279

First Half:

14-14

Lead After 5:

9-3

PL Rank:

4th

Second Half:

0-0

Tied After 5:

4-2

Team Pitching:

4.39

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-9

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

7-8

One-run games:

4-4

Longest Winning Streak:

3 games

August:

0-0

Two-run games:

1-1

Longest Losing Streak

3 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

3-1

HR total at home:

7

Score First:

8-6

+3-run games:

6-8

Pitching K total:

238

Score Last:

8-3

Shutout Record:

1-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.42

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs were off on Monday.

 

Record: 8-11
Next: vs. AZL Brewers
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs have been on their All-Star Break.

 

Record: 20-16
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears had two shots to take home a win, but the Boise Hawks rallied twice and won the game in walk-off fashion on Monday, 6-5. Blake Perry (2010) was solid, allowing just a pair of runs in five innings, scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out four batters. However, his ERA went up to 1.97. Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) allowed a run in his two innings of work.
Record: 19-12
Next: at Boise
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Eric Groff (2010-11) had a day, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBIs, while Chris Ellison (2011) added a two-run shot and four RBIs total in the Silver Hawks’ 10-4 win at Clinton on Monday. Roidany Aguila (2009-11) added a pair of hits, two runs scored and a RBI. Andrew Barbosa (2012) did not survive the fifth inning, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters. Matt Sample (2011) came on and scattered three hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings pitched to earn the win.
Record: 12-12, 47-47
Next: Off-day
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: The Rawhide had a rough go of it on Monday, falling at San Jose, 5-1. Anthony Meo (2011) allowed just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work, but was charged with all five runs in taking the loss. Meo scattered six hits and four walks while striking out six batters. Conrad Flynn (2011) provided 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Keon Broxton (2009) was the lone former Osprey to collect a base hit in the game.
Record: 15-9, 46-48
Next: at Modesto
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: It happened in the ninth inning, and nearly again in the 14th inning, but the BayBears managed to hold off Montgomery, 8-7, after blowing a 5-0 lead in the ninth on Monday. David Nick (2009) had three hits including a home run, and drove in three runs to pace the BayBears, while Rossmel Perez (2008) added three hits and Chris Owings (2009) chipped in with a pair. Eury De La Rosa (2009) pitched three shutout innings in relief, then was touched up for a pair of runs, but only surrendered a hit and a walk in his four innings of work to get the win, while striking out seven batters.
Record: 12-13, 52-43
Next: at Montgomery
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: The Aces had their game suspended due to rain on Monday at Tucson. It will resume in the top of the fourth inning.
Record: 56-39
Next: at Tucson

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .300 BA, 12 HR, 42 RBI, .911 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .273 BA, 6 HR, 25 RBI, .757 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .275 BA, 9 HR, 49 RBI, .808 OPS Bryan Shaw (2008) 1-3, 2 saves, 3.19 ERA, 27 K in 36.2 IP
Lyle Overbay (1999) .299 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .851 OPS

TEAM: 43-46, 3rd in NL West, 6 GB … 6 GB in wildcard

 

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