Lineups and notes for August 4

Getting ready for Paul Goldshmidt Bobblehead Night here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, as the Osprey will take on the Helena Brewers at 7:05. Gates open at 6:30 tonight, with the first 750 fans entering the gates getting a Paul Goldschmidt bobblehead.

Tonight, we’re scheduled to have Osprey VP/GM Jeff Griffin on the pre-game show, talking about the upcoming promotions for the month of August, including Renew Your Wedding Vows Night, the second Float to the Game and College Colors Night. We’re on the air at 6:50, with the first pitch around 7:05, on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Helena Brewers
Overall: 2-4, 15-29
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
3 Chris McFarland 2B .298 2 26
6 Michael Reed CF .247 1 18
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .307 0 19
9 Adam Giacalone 1B .345 1 15
15 Michael Turay C .304 1 6
5 Raul Mondesi, Jr. RF .211 4 20
22 Ruben Ozuna DH .277 0 12
11 Yonki Hernandez LF .262 1 8
18 Andres Martinez 3B .243 1 5
36 Leonard Lorenzo 2-3 3.86 8-7 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 5-1, 23-21
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .331 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .381 0 9
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .343 2 17
7 Michael Perez DH .323 5 38
21 Breland Almadova RF .331 1 17
30 Tyler Bream 1B .244 1 13
17 Ty Linton LF .222 4 17
12 Adam McConnell 3B .000 0 0
50 Kevin Dultz C .077 0 0
37 Jared Ray 1-4 4.20 8-8 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Cody Oakes
First Base Sean Allen
The Skinny:
The Osprey  begin a run of six straight games against the Helena Brewers with a three-game series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The final three will be at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena.

Last Time Out:
Breland Almadova had two hits and plated a pair of runs, while Pedro Ruiz added a 4-for-4 night at the plate as the Missoula Osprey managed to hold on for a 5-4 win over the Great Falls Voyagers and complete a three-game series sweep in front of 1,076 fans at Centene Stadium on Friday. Ruiz also walked and scored twice for Missoula, who stays in a first-place tie with the Billings Mustangs in the North Division Second-Half standings. The Voyagers would score first, pushing home a pair of runs off of Osprey starter Yoimer Camacho (1-3) in the bottom of the first inning. The Osprey would respond with single tallies in the second, on an Almadova RBI single, and a run in the third on an error, to tie the game. Both teams would be shut down until the sixth, when the Osprey pushed across a run as Jake Lamb would score on a wild pitch. Missoula would add a run in the top of the seventh as Pedro Ruiz drew a two-out walk, and Evan Marzilli doubled him home for a 4-2 Osprey lead. Great Falls would chip away, scoring a run to pull within 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, but the Osprey would get some much-needed insurance on a two-out triple by Danny Pulfer and Almadova’s second RBI single of the night, which put the Osprey back up by a pair of runs, 5-3. In the ninth, the Voyagers would score a run on a sacrifice fly off of Osprey reliever Vince Spilker, who would settle down and pick up his first save in his first save opportunity of the season. It capped off another solid pitching night for the Osprey, with Camacho shaking off the first inning and allowing just four hits while walking just one and collecting seven strikeouts. Patrick Smith allowed just a hit and a run in two innings of work to set the table for Spilker.

Streakin’:
The Osprey have won four games in a row for the first time this season. The run started in the final home game of the prior series against the Helena Brewers, and was followed by a three-game series sweep at Great Falls. The O’s now have won nine of 12 games against the North Division First-Half Division champs. The last time the Osprey swept a three-game series in Great Falls – August 6-8, 2009, the same season they last played for a Pioneer League championship.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to the mound as he looks for a better first inning outing against the Brewers than he had in his last start. Ray (1-4, 4.20) allowed four first-inning runs to the Brewers on Monday, then settled down and pitched well the remainder of the outing. After a strong start to the season, Ray has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts. He will look to improve on his 0-4 record and 4.96 ERA in his six July starts. Despite that, Ray is ranked 10th in the Pioneer League in ERA.

The Brewers will counter tonight with right-hander Leonard Lorenzo, who has mastered Missoula this season. Lorenzo (2-3, 3.86) has won twice against the Osprey this season, and sports a 2-0 record and a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings against the Osprey this season.  Lorenzo is 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA against the rest of the Pioneer League. Lorenzo is ranked seventh in the Pioneer League in ERA.

Pitching Probables
Sunday, August 5
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (3-2, 4.11) vs. HEL RHP Tyler Wagner (0-2, 9.17)

Monday, August 6
MIS RHP Chris Pack (4-1, 4.73) vs. HEL RHP Preston Gainey (0-0, 3.38)

Tuesday, August 7
MIS RHP Karl Triana (3-3, 4.14) at HEL Pitcher TBA

Wednesday, August 8
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (1-3, 3.77) at HEL Pitcher TBA

Thursday, August 9
MIS RHP Jared Ray (1-4, 4.20) at HEL RHP Leonard Lorenzo (2-3, 3.86)

String ‘em Together:
As of now, the only Osprey players to hold consecutive-game hit streaks longer than 10 games this season are Pedro Ruiz (11) and Evan Marzilli (10).

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W4

Extra Innings:

4-2

Team Hitting:

.288

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

16-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

5-1

Tied After 5:

6-2

Team Pitching:

4.13

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-15

PL Rank:

2nd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

6-6

Longest Winning Streak:

4 games

August:

3-0

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:

15-8

+3-run games:

11-11

Pitching K total:

324

Score Last:

11-5

Shutout Record:

2-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.14

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

16-1

 

Peanut Inning Success:

11/22

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) has a hit in seven at-bats, while John Leonard (2012) is hitless in his first six at-bats. Both have played in two games since being transferred to Arizona.

 

Record: 15-17
 
DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs are a game and a half back of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division.

 

Record: 30-22
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) is hitting .228 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 25 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for the Bears. Miguel Pena (2009) has allowed two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, spanning two starts, since his return to the mound from elbow surgery.  Blake Perry (2010) continues to be dominating, with a 4-0 mark and 1.92 ERA in nine outings, including eight starts, and has a 9-inning complete game to his credit this season.
Record: 5-5, 26-22
Next: at Tri-City
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Tom Belza (2011) has run his batting average up to .276, with 28 of his 109 hits this season going for extra bases. Matt Helm (2009-10) isn’t far off of Belza’s average, hitting .274 with a team-high 65 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Chris Ellison (2011) has played in 107 of the Silver Hawks’ 110 games this season, hitting .254 with 48 RBIs. Seth Simmons (2011) continues to pile up impressive numbers, going 3-3 with a 1.93 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings pitched.

 

Record: 20-20, 55-55
Next: at Lake County, with JR Bradley (2010) getting the start for the Silver Hawks
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Ender Inciarte (2009) continues to impress in his stint with the Rawhide. In 40 games, Inciarte is hitting .321 with eight doubles, four triples, a home run and 16 RBIs, with 25 stolen bases. Jon Griffin (2011) has stayed steady for much of the season, hitting .279 with 18 home runs and 73 RBIs, and currently leads the team in homers and ribbies. Right now, the star of the bullpen is Blake Cooper (2010), who is 3-5 with a pair of saves and a 3.02 ERA in 38 appearances, and has struck out 49 batters in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
Record: 23-18, 54-57
Next: vs. Stockton, with Taylor Siemens (2011) getting the start for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The future double-play combination for the D-backs may be in Mobile at the moment. 2009 Osprey teammates David Nick and Chris Owings have been steady at second and short, respectively, for the BayBears. Nick is hitting .260 in 96 games, while Owings, after a slow start following his promotion to Mobile, is hitting .264. Both have four home runs, while Nick has 36 RBIs and Owings adding another 22.
Record: 16-25, 56-55
Next: at Birmingham
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: The lead may not be what it once was, but Adam Eaton (2010) and Jake Elmore (2008) are still 1-2 in the Pacific Coast League in hitting. While the edge between Elmore (.357) and third place Matt McBride of Colorado Springs has shrunk to three points, Eaton continues to dominate. Eaton’s .384 mark leads all of Triple-A in hitting, plus Eaton’s PCL-leading totals in hits (155) and runs (106) still leads all of the minors. Eaton also leads the league in doubles (37), stolen bases (33), total bases (220) and on-base percentage (.459).
Record: 66-48
Next: at Omaha, with Charles Brewer (2009) starting tonight for the Aces

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .302 BA, 15 HR, 54 RBI, .906 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .284 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .770 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .287 BA, 13 HR, 64 RBI, .851 OPS    

TEAM: 55-51, 3rd in NL West, 2 GB … 5.5 GB in wildcard

 

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