Marzilli catches and Sunday’s Lineup

by Ben Catley

OK, two things to share with you. For one, we’re working on getting video posted of the Evan Marzilli catch in center field last night. There is some video linked here (in the game notes section) for you to view of Marzilli doing his thing.

By the way, South Carolina fans have it going on. There is a thread dedicated to a certain catch made by a certain center fielder. Which has a certain photo on it:

Nice pic …

We’ll post the video (which we are editing to enhance the call of the catch … I have to figure out a way to get slow-mo done in Premier Elements …) as soon as we can.

Meanwhile, we’re on the air at 4:50, with the first pitch scheduled for around 5:05. Today, we’ll take a look around the Pioneer League. Tomorrow, we will have Chris Pack on the Pre-game show once again, talking a few things that did not come up the first time around. Which means we’ll hear from manager Andy Green on Tuesday.

You can listen in on AM 930 KMPT or online at MissoulaOsprey.com

Helena Brewers
Overall: 2-5, 15-30
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
11 Yonki Hernandez CF .264 1 8
22 Ruben Ozuna LF .287 1 13
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .309 0 20
9 Adam Giacalone 1B .338 1 15
2 Emmanuel Quiles DH .218 2 17
5 Raul Mondesi, Jr. RF .205 4 20
25 Paul Eshelman C .149 0 4
1 Kevin Berard 2B .151 0 3
18 Andres Martinez 3B .244 1 6
26 Tyler Wagner 0-2 9.17 7-6 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 6-1, 24-21
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .331 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .385 0 9
18 Jake Lamb 3B .314 4 31
7 Michael Perez C .315 5 39
19 Socrates Brito RF .300 1 21
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .333 2 17
21 Breland Almadova LF .329 1 18
17 Ty Linton DH .223 4 17
30 Tyler Bream 1B .256 1 13
24 Ross Gerdeman 3-2 4.11 9-8 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Sean Allen
First Base Cody Oakes
The Skinny:
The Osprey  and Brewers continue the first leg of their six-game series with the second of three games here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field tonight. The two teams will then head to Helena to wrap up the set, and finish off their season series.

Last Time Out:
Jared Ray struck out 11 batters in a strong six innings of work, while Kevin Dultz hit a two-run home run as the Missoula Osprey beat the Helena Brewers on Friday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, 6-5, for their fifth straight win in front of 2,207 fans. Ray (2-4) allowed just three hits and a walk, and while he did hit a pair of batters, allowed just two earned runs to earn his first win in over a month. While Mike Blake struggled in his outing, Chris Capper came on to pick up his bullpen mate with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Justin Thompson struck out the side in the top of the ninth to earn his fifth save in eight chances. Marzilli and Tyler Bream each had two hits for Missoula, which finished with nine hits in the game. Ty Linton added a base hit for the Osprey.

Showcasing the Leather:
Evan Marzilli has made highlight-reel plays before, most recently during the 2012 College World Series while patrolling the outfield for South Carolina. But the catch he made on Saturday night may be up there with the best of them. With one out and a runner on at second base, Michael Turay hit a drive to right center field. Marzilli read it off the bat and, with his back turned to home plate, sprung forward, lunged and made a spectacular catch to rob Turay of a run-scoring extra-base hit. Marzilli nearly came up with a diving catch in the top of the second inning, but that fell in front of him for a single.

Notes from the Nest:
Jared Ray has fanned 18 batters in his last 12 innings of work … Marzilli, a left-handed hitter, is hitting .318 against right-handers, but is an amazing 15-for-24 (.625) against left-handed pitching … Marzilli is also hitting .524 (11-for-21) against the Brewers this season … The Osprey struck out 16 batters last night, four shy of the club record for Ks in a game … Chase Stevens has struck out 17.22 batters per nine innings, which leads the Pioneer League.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to make the start tonight as he looks to continue a stretch which has seen him lower his ERA by over a run and a half in his past four outings. Gerdeman (3-2, 4.11) has also posted wins in his last two starts, including a season-long seven inning outing against the Brewers earlier in the week. In those four starts, Gerdeman has posted a 2-0 record and a 2.28 ERA, allowing just six earned runs in 23 2/3 innings pitched. His lone appearance in relief came against the Brewers, and his current run began in his first start after the relief outing. As a starter, Gerdeman has gone 3-1 with a respectable 3.57 ERA.

The Brewers will counter tonight with right-hander Tyler Wagner, who has experience an up-and-down season to date. Wagner (0-2, 9.17) is 0-2 with a 14.21 ERA in three starts against the Osprey this season – and that includes a scoreless inning pitched in a start at Kindrick Legion Field. The damage has come in two starts in Missoula, where both of his losses were registered, allowing 10 earned runs (12 total) in just 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Pitching Probables
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)

Friday, August 10
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (3-2, 4.11) vs. BIL Pitcher TBA

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:

W5

Extra Innings:

4-2

Team Hitting:

.288

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

17-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

6-1

Tied After 5:

6-2

Team Pitching:

4.13

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-15

PL Rank:

1st

July:

13-15

One-run games:

7-6

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

4-0

Two-run games:

2-3

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

4-1

HR total at home:

11

Score First:

16-8

+3-run games:

11-11

Pitching K total:

384

Score Last:

11-5

Shutout Record:

2-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.48

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

16-1

 

Peanut Inning Success:

11/23

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) went 1-for-3 at the plate in the AZL D-backs’ 5-3 loss to the AZL Athletics on Saturday.

 

Record: 15-18
 
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) went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Bears’ 9-4 loss at Tri-City on Saturday. Victor Acosta (2010) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to lower his ERA for the season to 1.42.
Record: 5-6, 26-23
Next: at Tri-City
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Roidany Aguila (2009-11) hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Silver Hawks to a 7-6 come-from-behind win at Lake County on Saturday. Ryan Court (2011) also homered, a three-run shot, while Tom Belza (2011) added two hits and two runs scored. Raul Navarro (2010) and Eric Groff (2010-11) added base hits for South Bend. Frank Santana, Matt Sample and Seth Simmons, all from the 2011 Osprey bullpen, combined for seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk, to keep the Captains off the scoreboard, with Simmons picking up the win.

 

Record: 21-20, 56-55
Next: at Lake County
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Jon Griffin (2011) and Keon Broxton (2009) each collected a base hit as the Rawhide lost at home to Stockton, 11-2. The only former Osprey pitcher to have a good night was Andrew Chafin (2011), who pitched a scoreless inning and struck out the side.
Record: 23-19, 54-58
Next: vs. Stockton, with Bradin Hagens (2009) getting the start for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) had three hits, including a double, and scored a run as the BayBears picked up a 7-5 win at Birmingham on Saturday. David Nick (2009) and Rossmel Perez (2008) each added a base hit, with Perez plating a run and scoring one.
Record: 16-25, 56-55
Next: at Birmingham
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Taylor Harbin (2007) had two hits, while Adam Eaton (2010) had a hit and a run scored as the Aces beat Omaha on Saturday, 4-2. Charles Brewer (2009) scattered eight hits in six innings of work, striking out four batters, while giving up just a run to get the win, while Bryan Shaw (2008) survived the ninth and earned his first save since coming back to the Aces last month.
Record: 67-48
Next: at Omaha

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .301 BA, 15 HR, 54 RBI, .902 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .281 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .764 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .284 BA, 13 HR, 64 RBI, .844 OPS    

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

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