Lineups and notes from July 28

Karl Triana’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Jersey and the added touch of pink shoelaces for the occasion. Triana gets the start tonight on the mound.

It’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, and the Osprey are excited about showing off the pink uniforms that will be auctioned off to help people fight cancer. The proceeds will benefit Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana.

Online bidding is now closed, but fans who attend the game can place bids at the stadium through the 7th inning.

The Osprey will be wearing the jerseys during the game, and fans who are the winning bidders that attend tonight’s game will be able to have the jersey to take home following the game and signed by the player.

In the photo to the right, tonight’s starter, Karl Triana, decided to go matching with the shoelaces on his spikes, going with a pink variety for tonight’s game.

The players embrace the idea more and more each season, especially considering the jerseys are auctioned off for charity. This is the third season that the Osprey have partnered with Tough Enough to Wear Pink of Montana to help those in their fight against cancer with the jersey nights.

The 2012 version is a camouflage version, with two shades of pink in camo form on the jersey, with the traditional Osprey across the chest.

No word by the way if Ollie himself will be wearing pink tonight.

The broadcast starts at 6:50 tonight, with a first pitch slated for 7:05 on AM 930, KMPT, and on MissoulaOsprey.com.

Tonight’s pre-game guest will be reliever Chris Capper, who admits to looking good in pink. He took time away from a chess match with Chris Pack to do the interview.

Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups. And, no, Osprey radio play-by-play man Ben Catley won’t be wearing pink tonight, despite a request made by a fan … and a player.

Great Falls Voyagers
Overall: 23-14
Manager: Ryan Newman
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Michael Johnson 2B .217 0 3
15 Bradley Salgado SS .267 1 6
3 Micah Johnson DH .299 1 14
12 Brent Tanner C .246 4 26
27 Yoandy Barroso RF .294 1 23
31 Abe Ruiz 1B .234 0 9
16 Thomas McCarthy 3B .302 0 7
7 Patrick Palmeiro LF .206 2 9
1 Daruys Mercedes CF .221 1 9
25 Chris Beck 2-1 4.50 7-1 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 18-19
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .320 2 9
35 Evan Marzilli DH .382 0 6
18 Jake Lamb 3B .326 3 21
26 Yosbel Gutierrez C .328 1 6
19 Socrates Brito RF .277 1 18
21 Breland Almadova CF .307 1 11
30 Tyler Bream 1B .267 0 9
15 Justin Bianco LF .191 3 17
12 John Leonard 2B .170 0 3
29 Karl Triana 3-2 5.04 6-6 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Mitchell Morgan
First Base Clinton Vondraic
The Skinny:
The Osprey  continue their three-game series with the Great Falls Voyagers tonight as the first half of the 2012 Pioneer Baseball League season comes to a close. The second half will begin on Sunday.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey won their third straight game on Friday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as they celebrated playing at home for the first time in 10 days by beating the Great Falls Voyagers, 10-1, in front of 2,208 fans. The Osprey scored two runs in the first inning and then tallied eight more markers in the middle three innings to open up a 10-0 lead. The Voyagers scored their lone run in the top of the eighth inning, following a short rain delay. Michael Perez had three hits and four RBIs to pace the Osprey at the plate, and was one of three Missoula players with a three-hit night. Evan Marzilli collected three hits and scored three times, while Socrates Brito also had three hits as the Osprey pounded out 14 safeties in the victory. Chris Pack (3-1) pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four batters to pick up the win on the mound. Chris Thomas pitched a scoreless seventh inning, while Dexter Price settled down after allowing a run to close out the game. Justin Bianco had two hits and two RBIs, while Pedro Ruiz, Jake Lamb and Ty Linton added base hits for Missoula. Ruiz and Perez each scored a pair of runs, with Linton and Kyle Koeneman adding RBIs in the win.

PL League Leaders List:
Here are the Osprey who are among the Pioneer League leaders, heading into the final game of the first half of the PBL season:

Jake Lamb – Tied for the lead in Games Played (35), Third in At-Bats (143), Tied for Second in doubles (13), Second in extra-base hits (19), Fourth in total bases (74).

Michael Perez – 10th in hitting (.333), third in RBIs (30), 1st in Slugging Pct. (.629)

Chris Pack – Leads in innings pitched (46.1)

Ross Gerdeman – Second in inning pitched (43.1)

Jared Ray – Seventh in ERA (3.89)

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Karl Triana to the hill as he looks to continue his strong month of July. Triana (3-2, 5.04) is 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA during the month of July, and has even been better at home, posting a 3.38 ERA in 16 home innings. Triana allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in five innings of work in his lone start against Great Falls this season, a win picked up at Centene Stadium on July 6. Triana has been a handful to left-handers, holding them to a .231 opposing batting average, while right-handers have hit him at a .343 clip.

The Voyagers will counter tonight with right-hander Chris Beck, who will be piggybacking with Brandon Brennan. Beck (2-1, 4.50) and Brennan (1-1, 6.30) are both capped at about three innings each. It will be Beck’s turn to start, and the last time he fulfilled that role, he was good, scattering four hits while striking out three batters in a July 16 no-decision at Idaho Falls. Beck took the loss in his lone encounter with Missoula on July 6. Brennan also pitched in that game, but gave up five runs (three earned) on three hits and a pair of walks in just 2/3 of an inning of work.

Pitching Probables
Sunday, July 29
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (0-3, 4.71) vs. GF RHP JC Casey (4-2, 1.88)

Monday, July 30
MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-3, 3.89) vs. HEL RHP Leonard Lorenzo (1-3, 4.18)

Tuesday, July 31
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (2-2, 4.57) vs. HEL RHP Tyler Wagner (0-1, 8.56)

Stat of the Day:
The Osprey have hit 22 home runs this season as a team – with 14 of those coming on the road. Only the 2005 squad has hit more HR on the road than at home since the team moved into Ogren Park Allegiance Field for the 2004 season. The list (since 2004):

2004 – 32 home, 30 road
2005 – 24 home, 29 road
2006 – 35 home, 22 road
2007 – 32 home, 26 road
2008 – 31 home, 28 road
2009 – 56 home, 24 road
2010 – 33 home, 23 road
2011 – 50 home, 44 road

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W3

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.283

First Half:

18-19

Lead After 5:

12-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

0-0

Tied After 5:

5-2

Team Pitching:

4.51

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-13

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

11-13

One-run games:

4-4

Longest Winning Streak:

3 games

August:

0-0

Two-run games:

2-3

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

4-1

HR total at home:

8

Score First:

11-8

+3-run games:

8-11

Pitching K total:

298

Score Last:

8-4

Shutout Record:

1-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.09

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs lost to the AZL Mariners on Friday, 9-0.

 

Record: 13-15
 
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs have won seven of their last nine games since the DSL All-Star break, and are a half-game back of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division.

 

Record: 27-18
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears beat Spokane in 11 innings on Friday, 8-6. Victor Acosta (2010) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to get the win, while Josh Parr (2011) collected a double and a RBI in five trips to the plate.
Record: 3-1. 24-18
Next: at Spokane
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Jesse Darrah (2011) pitched five solid innings of relief to pick up the win on the mound as the Silver Hawks rallied past Fort Wayne on Friday, 5-4. Tom Belza (2011) had two hits while Matt Helm (2009-10) drove in a pair of runs for the Silver Hawks.
Record: 18-15, 53-50
Next: at Fort Wayne
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Anthony Meo (2011) pitched into the sixth, while the bullpen of Jeremy Erben (2010) and Blake Cooper (2010) tossed 3 2/3 innings pitched of one-run, two-hit relief to lift the Rawhide past High Desert on Friday, 9-5. Keon Broxton (2009) had three hits, including a double and a home run, while Ender Inciarte (2009) added two hits, including a double, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
Record: 18-16, 49-55
Next: at High Desert
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears dropped a 6-1 decision at Mississippi on Friday, making it eight losses in the past 11 games for Mobile. Bobby Borchering (2009) went 1-for-2 with a walk, while David Holmberg (2010) surrendered six runs in five-plus innings to take the loss.
Record: 13-21, 53-51
Next: at Mississippi
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, but the Colorado Springs Sky Sox scored five times in the top of the eighth inning and let the Sky Sox take home a 7-4 decision on Friday. Adam Eaton (2010) had two hits and a RBI, Jake Elmore (2008) doubled and Taylor Harbin (2007) singled home a run.
Record: 63-44
Next: vs. Colorado Springs

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .290 BA, 13 HR, 47 RBI, .883 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .275 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI, .760 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .283 BA, 10 HR, 56 RBI, .815 OPS Lyle Overbay (1999) .292 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .815 OPS

TEAM: 50-50, 3rd in NL West, 6.5 GB … 5.5 GB in wildcard

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