Saturday Lineups against those Mustangs

The same night the Osprey find out that former O’s infielder Jake Elmore has been promoted to the D-backs, they get another shot at the Billings Mustangs, who have won two straight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

The lineups for tonight’s key game are below, as well as the game notes. The broadcast will begin at 6:50, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on AM 930 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. Our pre-game interview – right now, TBD.

Billings Mustangs
Overall: 11-2, 32-19
Manager: Pat Kelly
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
6 Brandon Dailey SS .358 3 14
23 Jesse Winker DH .358 2 28
26 Daniel Pigott CF .329 1 19
13 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B .347 5 32
16 Robert Maddox 1B .255 10 30
17 Jeff Gelalich RF .216 2 8
24 Matt Lentz LF .258 1 5
50 Fray Sosa C .262 0 10
40 Robert Ramirez 2B .233 1 22
64 Amir Garrett 0-0 0.00 0-0 LHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 9-4, 27-24
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
35 Evan Marzilli CF .354 0 10
9 Danny Pulfer SS .320 2 19
18 Jake Lamb 3B .309 4 34
7 Michael Perez C .303 8 46
19 Socrates Brito RF .304 2 22
21 Breland Almadova DH .315 1 19
30 Tyler Bream 1B .252 1 13
17 Ty Linton LF .219 4 19
12 Adam McConnell 2B .154 0 1
44 Chris Pack 5-1 4.95 10-10 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Cody Oakes
First Base Sean Allen
The Skinny:
The Osprey look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss last night and get back to within a game of the first-place Mustangs in the Pioneer League North Division race in the finale of a two-game series. After today, the O’s and Mustangs begin a 14-day swing with games against Ogden and Idaho Falls.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey were kept in check in the first of a two-game series with the North Division-leading Billings Mustangs on Friday, falling 4-2 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,613 fans. Billings jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a pair of two-run homers hit off of Missoula starter Ross Gerdeman (3-3). Kyle Winker’s roundtripper with a man on in the first, and Wagner Gomez’s two-run shot in the second pushed the Mustangs out to a 4-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Osprey could not string any hits together, and finished with just six hits on the night. Missoula was held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Michael Perez hit a long home run to right, his eighth of the season. Socrates Brito had two hits to pace the Osprey at the plate, while Evan Marzilli, Jake Lamb and Tyler Bream added base hits, and Breland Almadova added a RBI groundout. After the second inning, Gerdeman and relievers Dexter Price and Mike Blake kept the Mustangs off of the scoreboard, combining to allow four hits and strike out seven batters in the final seven innings of the contest.

Note-Worthy:
Ross Gerdeman currently leads all Pioneer League pitchers with nine grounded into double plays induced.  Four others are tied for second with eight … With his next win, Chris Pack will tie for 9th in single-season wins (six) in club history. The record is nine, set by Ryan Holsten in 2001 … The Osprey are leading the PBL in Caught Stealing Percentage, throwing out 44.8 percent of would-be basestealers. Michael Perez leads all catchers in the league with a 51.3 percent success rate.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Pack to the mound tonight as he looks toextend his team-high win total on the mound. Pack (5-1, 4.95) has won four straight decisions, including getting wins in each of his last three starts. This while in his last two starts, Pack has been touched up, to the tune of a 7.20 ERA. The streak started, however, with six shutout innings against Great Falls on July 27. Pack has been solid at home, posting a 3-0 mark and a 5.28 ERA in five home starts. Pack, who is on pace to tie the single-season Osprey mark for starts in a season by a pitcher (16), was a free-agent signee after pitching for one season for the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League, where he helped the Slammers to win their first-ever division title.

The Mustangs will counter tonight with left-hander Amir Garrett, who is making his first start in the Pioneer League after seven appearances this summer in the Arizona League. Garrett (0-2, 5.79 ERA with the AZL Reds) has allowed at least one run in each of his seven outings this season, which includes five starts, spanning 14 innings pitched. Garrett has pitched into the third inning twice this season, and in his two appearances, has posted a 3.00 ERA. Garrett will be followed up by left-hander Joel Bender (2-2, 6.27), who allowed only one run in a 3 1/3 innings-pitched outing on August 5. Against the Osprey, Bender has a 14.29 ERA, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on nine hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Pitching Probables
Sunday, August 12
Off-Day

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:
It could be the second straight season that the Osprey will have a catcher that hits 10 or more home runs in a season. Michael Perez currently has eight, and is looking to join Roidany Aguila (12 in 2011) and JD Closser (10 in 1999) as catchers to hit at least 10 homers in a season in Missoula.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L1

Extra Innings:

4-3

Team Hitting:

.283

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

19-4

PL Rank:

4th

Second Half:

9-4

Tied After 5:

7-2

Team Pitching:

4.08

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

1-18

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

7-7

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

7-3

Two-run games:

3-4

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

6-1

HR total at home:

15

Score First:

18-8

+3-run games:

11-12

Pitching K total:

449

Score Last:

11-6

Shutout Record:

4-3

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.72

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

17-1

 

Peanut Inning Success:

12/26

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 game and a half back of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division.

 

Record: 33-25
 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Jesus Abreu (2012) went 1-for-4 in the Bears’ 6-3 loss against Eugene on Friday.  Victor Acosta (2010) scattered two hits in his inning of work, with a strikeout, and lowered his ERA to 1.30 with the effort.
Record: 7-10, 28-27
Next: at Vancouver, with Blake Perry (2010) getting the start for the Bears
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Eric Groff (2010-11) doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to help the Silver Hawks get past Bowling Green on Friday, 2-1. Ryan Court (2011) added a RBI double, while Bryan Henry (2011) had two hits in the win. Frank Santana (2011) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Record: 24-23, 59-58
Next: vs. Lake County, with Keith Hessler (2011) getting the start for the Silver Hawks
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Jon Griffin (2011) hit a two-run homer and collected three hits, while Raywilly Gomez (2009) also homered in a 5-3 Rawhide loss to Inland Empire on Friday. Taylor Siemens (2011) pitched well, allowing just two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched, but took the setback. Andrew Chafin (2011) and Blake Cooper (2010) added 1 1/3 scoreless innings pitched.
Record: 26-20, 57-59
Next: vs. Inland Empire, with Bradin Hagens (2009) getting the start for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Rossmel Perez (2008) had two hits, while Kyle Greene (2008) added a pinch-hit single as the BayBears lost at Jacksonville on Friday, 11-5.
Record: 18-29, 58-59
Next: at Jacksonville, with Chase Anderson (2009) getting the start for the BayBears
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Taylor Harbin (2007) homered and had four hits, three runs scored and four RBIs to help the Aces roll to a 22-8 win over Albuquerque on Friday. Adam Eaton (2010) had two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs, while Jake Elmore (2008) (before his promotion on Saturday) had a double and triple, scored twice and drove in four runs. Even starting pitcher Charles Brewer (2009) contributed, going 1-for-1 with a sacrifice. Brewer allowed six runs in five innings, but picked up the win.
Record: 70-49
Next: vs. Albuquerque

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .301 BA, 16 HR, 58 RBI, .898 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .275 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .746 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .281 BA, 13 HR, 66 RBI, .838 OPS    

TEAM: 57-56, 3rd in NL West, 4 GB … 6.5 GB in wildcard

 

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