Sunday Lineups for the Second Half Opener

It’s a new half, and the Osprey look to jump into a first-place tie with a win today against the Great Falls Voyagers. The Osprey have won five of the eight meetings between the two teams so far this season, with three more coming in Great Falls later in the week.

Pre-game is set for 4:55 on AM 930, KMPT, and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. We’ll look at the Pioneer League stat leaders during the pre-game today.

We’ll also get more details to you on the trade today of former Osprey third baseman Bobby Borchering, who has been traded to the Houston Astros.

Great Falls Voyagers
Overall: 0-0, 24-14
Manager: Ryan Newman
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Michael Johnson LF .259 0 3
9 Justin Jirschele 2B .309 0 23
3 Micah Johnson DH .313 1 14
27 Yoandy Barroso RF .295 1 24
31 Abe Ruiz 1B .235 0 10
15 Bradley Salgado SS .260 1 6
10 Tyler Williams 3B .175 2 5
22 Angel Rosario C .000 0 0
1 Daruys Mercedes CF .225 1 9
21 JC Casey 4-2 1.88 7-7 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 0-0, 18-20
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .315 2 9
35 Evan Marzilli CF .363 0 6
18 Jake Lamb 3B .322 3 21
7 Michael Perez C .333 5 30
19 Socrates Brito RF .286 1 18
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .303 1 12
21 Breland Almadova LF .314 1 11
17 Ty Linton DH .230 4 17
30 Tyler Bream 1B .250 0 10
48 Yoimer Camacho 0-3 4.71 5-5 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Clinton Vondraic
First Base Mitchell Morgan
The Skinny:
The Osprey  conclude their three-game series with the Great Falls Voyagers tonight as the second half of the 2012 Pioneer Baseball League season begins. The Osprey will have two games left on this current homestand, coming on Monday and Tuesday against the Helena Brewers.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey battled tooth-and-nail with the Great Falls Voyagers on Saturday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, but in the end, a fifth-inning tally was what made the difference as the Voyagers edged the Osprey, 3-2, in front of 1,711 fans. Great Falls scored that fifth-inning run on a passed ball, snapping the 2-2 tie that Missoula had just knotted in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Osprey fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, as Yoandy Barroso and Abe Ruiz each had two-out RBI singles to plate runs for the Voyagers. It could have been more, but Pedro Ruiz, realizing that second base was not covered, dived in ahead of Abe Ruiz and tagged him out to end the inning. The Osprey tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Socrates Brito singled, stole second and moved to third on a Breland Almadova single to start the inning. Tyler Bream then hit a chopper up the first-base line, which was fielded by Voyagers starting pitcher Chris Beck, who threw home trying to get Brito, whose slide to the back of home plate helped him beat the tag and score the run, pulling the Osprey within 2-1. Almadova would score on a double-play ball hit by John Leonard to tie the game. Brito and Almadova each had two hits to lead the Osprey at the plate, while Pedro Ruiz, Jake Lamb, Yosbel Gutierrez and Justin Bianco added base hits for Missoula. The Osprey were limited to eight hits on the night. Karl Triana (3-3) took the loss, scattering seven hits and a pair of walks in six innings of work, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out three batters. Patrick Smith and Justin Thompson combined to pitch three shutout innings of relief.

A new half dawns:
The second half of the 2012 Pioneer Baseball League season begins tonight, with all four teams back to 0-0 in the win-loss column. Great Falls won the North by a comfortable margin, while the Ogden Raptors needed a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth and a run in the bottom of the 10th for a walk-off win over Orem last night to tie Grand Junction with a 21-17 mark, and win the half on a tie-breaker.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Yoimer Camacho to the hill as he looks to get back to the success he showed in the first half of the season against any team not named Orem. Camacho (0-3, 4.71) was 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in his first three starts, but in his last two starts, both against Orem, Camacho was 0-2 with an 8.64 ERA. Camacho is also looking to improve on his numbers at home, where he is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA.

The Voyagers will counter tonight with right-hander JC Casey, who is one of the best starting pitchers in the Pioneer League. Casey (4-2, 1.88) is ranked second in the league in ERA, behind only Sam Selman of Idaho Falls (1.67). Casey has had just one no-decision – and it came against the Osprey on July 5, a game which the Osprey scored five runs in the eighth to pull off a 5-2 win. Casey pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and three walks while striking out four batters. In two road starts, Casey has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work.

Pitching Probables
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)

Wednesday, August 1
MIS RHP Chris Pack (3-1, 4.47) vs. GF RHP Andrew Virgili (1-1, 5.67)

Thursday, August 2
MIS RHP Karl Triana (3-3, 4.71) vs. GF Pitcher TBA

Friday, August 3
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (0-3, 4.71) vs. GF Pitcher TBA

Stat of the Day:

The Osprey are 11-1 when they collect 11 or more hits in a game this season. Their only loss came against Orem on July 17, a 12-8 setback at home.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L1

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.281

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

12-4

PL Rank:

4th

Second Half:

0-0

Tied After 5:

5-2

Team Pitching:

4.44

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-14

PL Rank:

2nd

July:

11-14

One-run games:

4-5

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:

305

Score Last:

8-4

Shutout Record:

1-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.07

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: The AZL D-backs were rained out on Saturday.

 

Record: 13-15
 
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs are a half-game back of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division.

 

Record: 28-20
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) had two of the Bears’ five hits in a 7-0 loss at Spokane on Saturday.
Record: 3-2. 24-19
Next: at Spokane
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Tom Belza (2011) had three hits and plated a pair of runs, while Ryan Court (2011) also drove in a pair of runs as the Silver Hawks lost at Lansing on Saturday, 9-5. Chris Ellison (2011) added two hits and a run scored for South Bend. Andrew Barbosa (2012) allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched to suffer the loss (1-2). Kable Hogben (2009) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Record: 18-16, 53-51
Next: at Lansing
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Ender Inciarte (2009) and Jon Griffin (2011) each collected one of the four Rawhide hits as Visalia lost at High Desert on Saturday, 5-3. Raymond Hernandez (2011) pitched six solid innings, but Andrew Chafin (2011) took the loss in relief.
Record: 18-17, 49-56
Next: at High Desert
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears dropped a 7-3 decision at Mississippi on Saturday. Chris Owings (2009) went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run, while Rossmel Perez (2008) picked up a hit and a run scored. Derek Eitel (2010) allowed just two earned runs (five total) in six innings of work to take the setback on the mound. Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched an inning of relief, allowing just an unearned run. Mobile did not help itself defensively, committing three errors in the setback.
Record: 13-22, 53-52
Next: vs. Jacksonville
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Jake Elmore (2008) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Adam Eaton (2010) added a base hit and scored twice, while Taylor Harbin (2007) doubled in the Aces’ 13-4 loss to Sacramento on Saturday. Bryan Henry (2007) worked 3 2/3 innings in relief to close out the game.
Record: 63-45
Next: vs. Sacramento

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .287 BA, 13 HR, 47 RBI, .872 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .283 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .771 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .283 BA, 11 HR, 58 RBI, .825 OPS Lyle Overbay (1999) .292 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .815 OPS

TEAM: 51-50, 3rd in NL West, 4.5 GB … 5.5 GB in wildcard

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