Monday lineups and news of the day …

First off, the Osprey get to see the Helena Brewers, who they will see a lot of in the next week-plus – to the tune of eight games in 11 days. That’s right, the Osprey will play the Brewers eight times in 11 days, and not see the Brewers again this regular season.

The two-game series that begins tonight will feature a battle of right-handers in each contest. Tonight’s game will have Jared Ray going for the Osprey against Leonard Lorenzo, while on Tuesday, Ross Gerdeman faces off with Helena’s Tyler Wagner.

Pre-game is set for 6:50 tonight, and we’re not 100 percent sure about the pre-game interview, since that hasn’t happened yet. We’re attempting to get Evan Marzilli on tonight, though. We’re on the air at 6:50 on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. Don’t forget about the RadioPup app for your phone, you can listen that way, too.

Helena Brewers
Overall: 0-1, 13-29
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Michael Reed CF .268 1 15
3 Chris McFarland 2B .298 2 25
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .302 0 17
9 Adam Giacalone 1B .322 1 13
15 Michael Turay DH .305 1 5
25 Paul Eshelman C .150 0 3
22 Ruben Ozuna LF .250 0 10
11 Yonki Hernandez RF .271 1 6
18 Andres Martinez 3B .250 1 4
36 Leonard Lorenzo 1-3 4.18 7-6 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 1-0, 19-20
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .326 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli RF .365 0 8
18 Jake Lamb 3B .333 4 28
7 Michael Perez C .321 5 30
19 Socrates Brito CF .285 1 18
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .309 1 12
21 Breland Almadova LF .317 1 12
17 Ty Linton DH .229 4 17
30 Tyler Bream 1B .265 0 11
37 Jared Ray 1-3 3.89 7-7 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Mitchell Morgan
First Base Clinton Vondraic
The Skinny:
The Osprey  opens a quick two-game series with the Helena Brewers. It’s at the beginning of a string of 17 home games over the next 24 days, accounting for 23 games, giving the Osprey a chance to get a good start to the second half of the season.Last Time Out:
Jake Lamb set a new Missoula Osprey single-game record with seven RBIs, while five pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Osprey beat the Great Falls Voyagers, 12-0, here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,058 fans. Lamb hit a grand slam to cap off a six-run second inning that chased Voyagers starter JC Casey and gave the Osprey all it needed. The six runs were the first runs allowed by Casey (4-3) on the road, and the home run was the first roundtripper surrendered by Casey this season. Yoimer Camacho danced into and out of trouble in his four innings of work, surrendering four hits and five walks, but also struck out four batters and left nine runners stranded on base. The bullpen – Chris Capper (3-1), Michael Rivera, Chase Stevens and Vince Spilker – combined for five no-hit innings, allowing three walks and collecting six strikeouts. The Osprey pounded out 16 hits in the win, led by Lamb and Pedro Ruiz, who had three hits each. Ruiz added an RBI, while Evan Marzilli had two hits and a pair of RBIs. Tyler Bream and Breland Almadova each had two hits and plated a run, while Socrates Brito and Ty Linton added a base hit apiece.

Grand Lamb:
Jake Lamb’s grand slam in the bottom of the second inning kicked off a 7 RBI night for the third baseman out of the University of Washington, setting a new single-game Osprey standard in the process. Lamb would add a RBI single in the fourth, a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a RBI infield hit in the seventh to better the standard, previously at six and done by four players. The list:

– Paul Goldschmidt, 9/8/09 vs. Billings
– Nelson Gomez, 8/24/08 at Billings
– Ricardo Cruz, 8/26/05 vs. Great Falls
– Kerwin Jacobo, 7/5/02 at Great Falls

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to the hill as he looks to find some consistency. Ray (1-3, 3.89) has been up-and-down as of late, allowing six, three and five runs respectively in his past three starts. One start after pitching  seven stellar innings in a losing effort at Grand Junction, Ray did not make it out of the fifth, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks in what turned into a no-decision at Orem, thanks to a comeback by the Osprey offense. Ray has lost his last three decisions, including one to Helena. In two starts against the Brewers, Ray is 1-1 with a 0.93 ERA. In his seven starts, the Osprey are 4-3, including the outing in Orem last Tuesday.

The Brewers will counter tonight with right-hander Leonard Lorenzo, who is also looking to find some consistency. Lorenzo (1-3, 4.18) has also lost his last three decisions, all against South Division teams. His lone win came against Missoula on June 26, when he allowed just a run on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters in six innings of work.  Since then, Lorenzo has struggled at times, posting a 0-3 mark and a 4.84 ERA since the beginning of July.

Pitching Probables
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

Saturday, August 4
MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-3, 3.89) vs. HEL RHP Leonard Lorenzo (1-3, 4.18)

Stat of the Day:
The Osprey are 12-1 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:

W1

Extra Innings:

3-2

Team Hitting:

.284

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

13-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

1-0

Tied After 5:

5-2

Team Pitching:

4.33

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-14

PL Rank:

2nd

July:

12-14

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:

9

Score First:

12-8

+3-run games:

9-11

Pitching K total:

315

Score Last:

8-4

Shutout Record:

1-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.12

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing:The AZL D-backs were rained out again on Sunday. In a roster move, the Arizona Diamondbacks have sent 1B Rudy Flores from Missoula to the AZL D-backs. 
Record: 13-15
DSL D-backs Update:The DSL D-backs are a half-game ahead of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division. 
Record: 28-19
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Victor Capellan (2009) and Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) combined for 2 2/3 shutout innings as the Bears lost at Spokane on Sunday, 3-0. In fact, the Bears were held to just one hit in the game.
Record: 3-3, 24-20
Next: off day
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Chris Ellison (2011) and Eric Groff (2010-11) each had three hits as the Silver Hawks could not hold on to a late lead and lost at Lansing on Sunday, 11-10. South Bend lost two leads in this one, but the second one would cost them dearly, as the Lugnuts won in walk-off fashion. Groff had two runs scored and two RBIs, while Ellison had a run and a RBI. Raul Navarro (2010) and Tom Belza (2011) (RBI) each collected two hits and a run scored. Seth Simmons (2011) pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
Record: 18-17, 53-52
Next: at Lansing
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Jon Griffin (2011) and Keon Broxton (2009) each hit a two-run homer during a four-run fourth inning, but despite coming back from 7-0 ad 9-2 deficits, the Rawhide would let a run score in the bottom of the eighth for a 10-9 setback at High Desert on Sunday. Ender Inciarte (2009) added a base hit, while Patrick Schuster (2009-10) took the loss on the mound in relief. Diogenes Rosario (2009) pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Record: 18-18, 49-57
Next: vs. Lancaster
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) had two hits, including a solo home run, while Kyle Greene (2008) hit a pinch-hit grand slam to ice the game away as the BayBears beat Jacksonville on Sunday, 9-3. David Nick (2009) added two hits and two runs scored, while Rossmel Perez (2008) added two hits, a RBI and a run scored. Eric Smith (2009) pitched an inning of relief to get the win on the mound.
Record: 14-22, 54-52
Next: vs. Jacksonville
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) singled home the game-winning run as the Aces picked up a 3-2 win over Sacramento on Sunday. It was Eaton’s lone hit of the game. Jake Elmore (2008) also singled, while Taylor Harbin (2007) added a hit, run scored and RBI. Bryan Shaw (2008) allowed a hit and a walk while surrendering a run, and struck out three batters in an inning of relief.
Record: 64-45
Next: vs. Sacramento, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces.

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .290 BA, 13 HR, 48 RBI, .878 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .283 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .772 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .282 BA, 11 HR, 58 RBI, .828 OPS Lyle Overbay (1999) .292 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .815 OPS

TEAM: 51-51, 3rd in NL West, 4.5 GB … 6.5 GB in wildcard

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