Friday Night Lineups with the Mustangs in town

Well here we go … the first of the eight games between the top two teams in the North Division in the second half, the Billings Mustangs and your Missoula Osprey, takes place tonight here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

The Osprey are on a run of goose eggs (more on that in the notes) that will be put to the test tonight by the Mustangs, who have a different look than they did when they were last here in early July.

It’ll be a 6:50 air time for the broadcast tonight, with Danny Pulfer the pre-game show guest, and the first pitch is scheduled for around 7:05 on AM 930 KMPT and online at

Here are the lineups and tonight’s game notes, complete with shutout details and the look at past Osprey …

Billings Mustangs
Overall: 10-2, 31-19
Manager: Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
41 Beau Amaral CF .280 1 18
4 Zach Vincej SS .453 1 11
23 Jesse Winker LF .354 1 26
13 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B .339 5 32
26 Daniel Pigott RF .348 1 19
35 Carlos Sanchez 1B .283 6 31
24 Matt Lentz DH .259 1 5
34 Wagner Gomez C .212 2 13
40 Robert Ramirez 2B .241 1 22
59 Jon Moscot 0-0 2.70 5-5 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 9-3, 27-23
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .322 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .354 0 10
18 Jake Lamb 3B .310 4 34
7 Michael Perez C .304 7 45
19 Socrates Brito RF .300 2 22
21 Breland Almadova LF .323 1 18
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .331 2 19
26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH .299 1 8
30 Tyler Bream 1B .250 1 13
24 Ross Gerdeman 3-2 4.39 10-9 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Sean Allen
First Base Cody Oakes
The Skinny:
The Osprey open up a nine-game homestand with a two-game series with the first-place Billings Mustangs. It is a key series for both teams, who will follow this series up with 14 games against both Ogden and Idaho Falls as the second South swing begins on Monday.

Last Time Out:
Jared Ray and two relievers combined to scatter seven hits and collect the second straight shutout by the Missoula Osprey pitching staff in a 3-0 win over the Helena Brewers in front of 840 fans on Thursday here at Kindrick Legion Field. Ray (3-4) went seven innings, allowing just four hits and struck out five batters to win his second straight start. Chris Thomas allowed just a hit and struck out a batter while pitching a scoreless eighth inning, and Justin Thompson pitched around two ninth-inning hits while striking out a pair of batters and earned his seventh save of the season. The Osprey scored first, breaking the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning as Pedro Ruiz singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a balk and scored on Jake Lamb one-out double down the right field line. Missoula added a pair of runs with single tallies in the eighth inning, on a Evan Marzilli run-scoring single, and in the ninth, on a Danny Pulfer two-out RBI double. Pulfer and Kevin Dultz each had two of Missoula’s 10 hits, while Breland Almadova, Ty Linton and Michael Perez added base hits for the Osprey.

Historic Series in Helena:
The Osprey pulled off a franchise first on Thursday night, logging its second straight shutout against the Helena Brewers. No other Osprey team, not even the 2006 squad, which statistically was the stingiest pitching staff in club history, could pull off that feat. The Osprey staff finished the Helena series on a 19-inning scoreless streak. It’s also the first time in club history that the O’s have been involved in three straight shutout games, the first of which was the Brewers blanking the Osprey. In August 27-28, 2008, the Osprey were shut out twice in a row, and in August 20-21 of 2006, the Osprey blanked Casper one night, only to have the Rockies blank the Osprey one night later. The closest occurrence was in 1999, when the Osprey posted two shutouts in a three-day span – August 6 and 8, which were 4-0 and 9-0 shutouts of Ogden.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Ross Gerdeman to the mound tonight as he looks to get back on the winning track. Gerdeman (3-2, 4.39) has made two starts against Billings this season, and it was a tale of two different pitchers. In his first start of the season, on Opening Night, Gerdeman scattered five hits while allowing two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings pitched in a win at Dehler Park. Gerdeman then pitched against the Mustangs at Ogren Park on July 3, and suffered the loss, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks. He has also committed all three of his balks this season against the Mustangs. In his last start on Sunday, Gerdeman allowed four earned runs (five total) on seven hits and a walk in a no-decision against Helena.

The Mustangs will counter tonight with right-hander Jon Moscot, who is making his sixth start of the season for the Mustangs. Moscot (0-0, 2.70) has been capped off at two innings in each outing, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) in 10 innings of work. He will be followed by Jose Amezuca (1-4, 4.91) who has allowed three runs in three prior innings of work against the Osprey this season (0-1, 9.00).

Pitching Probables
Saturday, August 11
MIS RHP Chris Pack (5-1, 4.95) vs. BIL LHP Amir Garrett (0-0, 0.00)

Sunday, August 12

Mon.-Wed., Aug. 13-15
Osprey vs. Ogden
Mon. – RHP Karl Triana vs. OGD LHP Jake Hermesen

Tues. – RHP Yoimer Camacho vs. OGD RHP Lindsey Caughel

Wed. – RHP Jared Ray vs. OGD LHP Matt Laney

Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 16-19
Osprey vs. Idaho Falls
Thurs. – Ross Gerdeman
Fri. – Chris Pack
Sat. – Karl Triana
Sun. – Yoimer Camacho
(IF Starters TBA)


Stat of the Day:
Evan Marzilli was 0-for-4 on Thursday, yet jumped up to 4th in the Pioneer League in hitting. He’s tied with two others with a .354 batting average.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:


Extra Innings:


Team Hitting:


First Half:


Lead After 5:


PL Rank:


Second Half:


Tied After 5:


Team Pitching:




Trail After 5:


PL Rank:




One-run games:


Longest Winning Streak:

5 games



Two-run games:


Longest Losing Streak

6 games



Three-run games:


HR total at home:


Score First:


+3-run games:


Pitching K total:


Score Last:


Shutout Record:


Pitching K/9IP Ratio:


Reaching 11-hit Mark:



Peanut Inning Success:


D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) is now hitting .269 (7-for-26) in seven games, with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs … Rudy Flores (2012) has played in two games, collecting three hits in seven at-bats … John Leonard (2012) is struggling, going 1-for-13 in four games.


Record: 18-20
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: 33-24
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) is hitting .242 in 52 games for the Bears, with 12 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBIs, to go along with 11 stolen bases … The five former Osprey who are on the Bears’ pitching staff continue to throw well, including Victor Acosta (2010), who is 2-2 with two saves and a 1.34 ERA in 19 appearances, spanning 33 2/3 innings pitched.
Record: 7-9, 28-26
Next: vs. Eugene
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Tom Belza (2011) and Matt Helm (2009-10) carried the Silver Hawks offense at times earlier this season, now they have plenty of help. Eric Groff (2010-11) and Ryan Court (2011) both are hitting above .260, while Roidany Aguila (2009-11) is in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, and is hitting .444 in the month of August, with three home runs and eight RBIs … Andrew Barbosa (2012) is 2-2 in six starts since his promotion last month to the Silver Hawks, with a 3.94 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched.
Record: 23-23, 58-58
Next: at Bowling Green
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Since his promotion in June, Ender Inciarte (2009) has been conquering Cal League pitching, hitting .322 in 44 games with eight doubles, four triples, a home run and 17 RBIs, along with an amazing 26 stolen bases in 29 attempts … Jon Griffin (2011) hit his 20th home run recently, and is currently hitting .280 with 16 doubles, three triples and 78 RBIs … Blake Cooper (2010) is quietly putting together a solid season, posting a 3-5 record with two saves and a 3.33 ERA, with 50 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings pitched. Cooper is another product of the University of South Carolina baseball program, as is current Osprey outfielder Evan Marzilli.
Record: 26-20, 57-59
Next: vs. Inland Empire
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Two steady pitchers in the BayBears rotation have been Chase Anderson (2009) and David Holmberg (2010). Anderson has made 17 starts this season and, when healthy, has been solid, posting a 2.62 ERA in 82 1/3 innings pitched. Holmberg has been a constant, going 3-4 on the bump with a 3.68 ERA, with 71 innings pitched.
Record: 18-29, 58-59
Next: at Jacksonville
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) has somehow kept his batting lead in the Pacific Coast League at a plentiful stage. Currently at 21 points, and no longer trailed by teammate Jake Elmore (2008), Eaton is showing that his All-Star nod was definitely the right call. Especially since Reno continues to sail away with the Pac North, leading the division at the moment by seven games. Eaton leads the PCL in hits (161), on-base percentage (.457), stolen bases (34), doubles (39), runs scored (110) and total bases (231), and is second in extra-base hits (51), Oh, one more thing – he’s tied for the league lead in times being hit by a pitch (13).
Record: 70-49
Next: vs. Albuquerque, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .305 BA, 16 HR, 58 RBI, .908 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .278 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .753 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .282 BA, 13 HR, 66 RBI, .837 OPS    

TEAM: 57-55, 3rd in NL West, 4 GB … 6.5 GB in wildcard


When will the video of Evan Marzilli’s catch be posted?

The aim is to get it posted tomorrow on the blog. A link will also be tweeted out tomorrow, provided it can be finished off.

Ok thanks!! I can’t wait to see it!

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