Monday’s Lineups and Notes

by Ben Catley

I had a wise old baseball man tell me a great thing about having a winning streak come to an end. Looking at straight-faced as he could, he tells me the best part about having a win streak end … is the ability to start a new one.

So, we’ll take that approach into tonight’s contest as the Osprey take on the Helena Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for around 7:05, with the pre-game at 6:50 on AM 930 KMTP and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

In the meantime, I want to thank all of those who visited the blog yesterday – we set a one-day record for a non-traditional busy day (i.e. the draft or player placement announcements). I get the feeling it had something to do with something that Evan Marzilli did on Saturday night … catch still coming to video, by the way.

Helena Brewers
Overall: 3-5, 16-30
Manager: Jeff Isom
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
11 Yonki Hernandez LF .258 1 8
3 Chris McFarland 2B .297 2 26
8 Alfredo Rodriguez SS .301 0 20
9 Adam Giacalone 1B .349 2 17
2 Emmanuel Quiles C .224 2 19
5 Raul Mondesi, Jr. RF .205 4 20
6 Michael Reed CF .242 1 18
18 Andres Martinez 3B .250 1 7
22 Ruben Ozuna DH .283 1 13
21 Preston Gainey 0-0 3.38 6-1 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 6-2, 24-22
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .327 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .374 0 9
18 Jake Lamb 3B .316 4 32
7 Michael Perez C .303 5 40
19 Socrates Brito RF .299 1 21
21 Breland Almadova LF .331 1 18
26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH .319 1 8
39 Kyle Koeneman 1B .129 1 4
12 Adam McConnell 2B .143 0 1
44 Chris Pack 4-1 4.73 9-9 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Cody Oakes
First Base Sean Allen
The Skinny:
The Osprey  and Brewers finish off the first leg of their six-game series with the finale of the three-game series, as well as the rubber match between the two teams, 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:
The Missoula Osprey fell to the Helena Brewers in 12 innings, 6-5, as their five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,069 fans. The Osprey rallied from a 5-3 deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the game into extra innings. The Brewers, however, managed to score a run in the top of the 12th inning off of Osprey reliever Chris Thomas (1-1) to get the win. It was the fourth straight game the Osprey have played in which was decided by a single run. Jake Lamb had two hits and a RBI, while Breland Almadova added two hits to pace the Osprey at the plate. Missoula, who finished with nine hits, also had a two-run single by Ty Linton, and base hits from Evan Marzilli, Pedro Ruiz, Socrates Brito and Tyler Bream. The Osprey bullpen picked up starter Ross Gerdeman, who had a rough outing, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out for batters. Dexter Price, Chase Stevens and Vince Spilker combined for five innings of scoreless relief. Thomas added a scoreless 11th inning before allowing the winning run to score in the 12th, but also struck out the side in the 12th.

Notes from the Nest:
The Osprey now have two hitters ranked in the Pioneer League Top 10 in hitting – Evan Marzilli, who just qualified after last night’s game, is hitting .374 and ranks fourth overall, while Breland Almadova (.331) is 10th in the league in batting … Three Osprey pitchers are also in the league’s Top 10 in ERA – Jared Ray (4.05) is 5th, Karl Triana (4.14) is now 7th in the league and Ross Gerdeman (4.39) ranks 9th in the league … Michael Perez is two RBI off the league-leading pace of Mike Snyder of Orem. Perez drove in his 40th run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday … The Osprey still lead the league in Team ERA (4.11), and average over 8.5 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Pack to the mound tonight as he looks to extend his current win streak to three straight starts. Pack (4-1, 4.73) has beaten Great Falls in each of his last two outings, despite allowing five runs in five innings of work at Centene Stadium on Wednesday. Pack has actually won his last three decisions (which includes two no-decisions), and is getting enough run support to give Missoula at least five innings in each of his prior nine starts this season. Pack is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two prior starts against the Brewers this season.

The Brewers will counter tonight with right-hander Preston Gainey, who will be making his second start of the season after five relief outings, including one against the Osprey. Gainey (0-0, 3.38) pitched two scoreless innings against Missoula on July 7. Gainey, a 12th round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft out of the Naval Academy, went 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the season, at home against Billings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, with two strikeouts.  He posted a season-high five strikeouts in a three-inning stint against Idaho Falls on July 21.

Pitching Probables
Tuesday, August 7
MIS RHP Karl Triana (3-3, 4.14) at HEL LHP Taylor Wall (1-1, 3.96)

Wednesday, August 8
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (1-3, 3.77) at HEL RHP Ryan Gibbard (1-2, 5.11)

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 RHP Tony Amezuca (1-4, 4.91)

Multi-hit Games:
Jake Lamb has the most multi-hit games this season among Osprey players with 18. The Top 5:
Jake Lamb – 18
Breland Almadova – 17
Socrates Brito – 15
Evan Marzilli – 14
Pedro Ruiz and Michael Perez – 13 each

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L1

Extra Innings:

4-3

Team Hitting:

.286

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

17-4

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

6-2

Tied After 5:

6-2

Team Pitching:

4.12

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-16

PL Rank:

1st

July:

13-15

One-run games:

7-7

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

4-1

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:

397

Score Last:

11-5

Shutout Record:

2-2

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.52

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

16-1

  Peanut Inning Success:

11/24

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) had his second straight two-hit night, hitting a single and double in the Bears’ 3-2 loss at Tri-City on Sunday.
Record: 5-7, 26-24
Next: vs. Eugene
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Roidany Aguila (2009-11) homered for the second straight game, and had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs on the night as the Silver Hawks pounded Lake County on Sunday, 8-1. Tom Belza (2011) also homered, while Matt Helm (2009-10), Eric Groff (2010-11) and Chris Ellison (2011) added base hits to the effort. Jesse Darrah (2011)added an inning of scoreless relief. 
Record: 22-20, 57-55
Next: at Lake County, with Keith Hessler (2011) making the start for the Silver Hawks
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Bradin Hagens (2009) pitched six shutout innings, scattering three hits and three walks while striking out six batters, as the Rawhide beat Stockton on Sunday, 8-2. Patrick Schuster (2009-10) and DJ Johnson (2011) added an inning of scoreless relief to the effort. Keon Broxton (2009) singled and homered, his 15th of the season, while Jon Griffin (2011) added a double, a run scored and a RBI.
Record: 24-19, 55-58
Next: Off-day
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: David Nick (2009) went 1-for-4 with a RBI in the BayBears’ 8-4 loss at Birmingham on Sunday. Chris Owings (2009) walked and scored a run. Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched two innings of one-hit relief and struck out a pair of batters.
Record: 16-26, 56-56
Next: at Birmingham, with Chase Anderson (2009) getting the start for the BayBears
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) doubled and walked, while Jake Elmore (2008) stole his 32nd base of the season in the Aces’ come-from-behind 2-1 win at Iowa on Sunday. Bryan Henry (2007) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while Bryan Shaw (2008) pitched the ninth to notch his second save in as many games.
Record: 68-48
Next: at Iowa

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .300 BA, 16 HR, 55 RBI, .906 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .280 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .761 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .283 BA, 13 HR, 64 RBI, .841 OPS  

TEAM: 55-53, 3rd in NL West, 4 GB … 6.5 GB in wildcard

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