Lineups and notes for Aug. 15

The Osprey look to take a series against the Raptors, who answered the Missoula win on Monday with one of their own last night. The Osprey will look to Jared Ray to get the job done on the mound tonight, with an air time of 6:50, and a first pitch around 7:05. Listen to the game on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

The pre-game show will feature the upcoming events this weekend as the seven-game homestand is on the backstretch and heading to the final turn. We’ll also have the recap from last night as well as a look at what happened around the league.

Tonight’s lineups and notes follow …

Ogden Raptors
Overall: 7-9, 28-26
Manager: Damon Berryhill
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
12 Delvis Morales SS .369 0 7
25 Eric Smith C .353 2 39
33 Jeremy Rathjen CF .355 4 36
17 Jesus Valdez 1B .320 7 44
30 Tyler Ogle DH .286 1 3
3 Justin Boudreaux 2B .242 1 17
45 Pat Stover LF .288 2 15
27 Bladimir Franco 3B .188 0 1
28 Devon Ethier RF .182 0 4
49 Jharel Cotton 0-0 1.80 4-0 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 11-5, 29-25
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .313 2 10
35 Evan Marzilli CF .352 0 10
7 Michael Perez C .293 8 47
33 Rudy Flores 1B .309 0 17
19 Socrates Brito DH .311 2 24
21 Breland Almadova RF .311 1 20
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .305 2 20
30 Tyler Bream 3B .264 2 17
17 Ty Linton LF .228 4 19
37 Jared Ray 3-4 3.52 10-10 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Sean Allen
First Base Cody Oakes
The Skinny:
The Osprey will wrap up their three-game series with the Ogden Raptors tonight in the rubber game of the set. The Osprey will play a four-game series in Ogden next week, but before that, will host Idaho Falls in a key four-game series at Ogren Park Allegiance Field beginning on Thursday.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey were held to just seven hits and dropped a 9-2 decision to the Ogden Raptors on Tuesday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,483 fans. Missoula was held off of the scoreboard until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Jake Lamb’s fly ball to center field turned into a two-run double, after Ogden outfielder Jeremy Rathjen lost the ball in the air. Ogden scored a run in the top of the third off of Missoula starter Yoimer Camacho (2-4) and then added three more in the top of the fifth for a 4-0 lead. The Raptors would add five more in the top of the eighth off of reliever Dexter Price to swell the lead to 9-0 before Lamb’s two-run two-bagger dented the scoreboard for the Osprey. Camacho pitched seven innings for the first time this season, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) while striking out four batters. Justin Thompson closed out the night on the mound for the Osprey, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Ty Linton and Socrates Brito each had two hits for the Osprey, while Lamb, Pedro Ruiz and Rudy Flores added base hits for Missoula.

Notes from the Nest (PBL Leaders Edition):
Michael Perez is in the top five in the Pioneer League in home runs (5th with eight) and slugging percentage (tied for 4th, .573) and leads the league in RBIs (47) … Camacho’s outing qualified him to be among the ERA leaders in the league, as he is now ranked fourth (3.27) … Jake Lamb is in the league’s top five in games played (50), at-bats (4th with 205), doubles (2nd with 16) and extra-base hits (23, tied with Perez for 4th) … Pedro Ruiz is fourth in runs scored (43) and tied for second with 18 stolen bases … Justin Thompson is tied for second in saves (7) … Ross Gerdeman (61.1) and Chris Pack (58.1) are 1-2 in Innings Pitched

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Jared Ray to make the start, as he looks to continue his solid season. Ray (3-4, 3.52) is currently ranked 6th in the Pioneer League in ERA (3.52), while he is also ranked in the top 5 in WHIP (3rd at 1.16) and Opponent’s Batting Average (.215, 3rd). Ray has been stellar in the month of August, picking up a pair of wins in his two starts this month, with a 1.38 ERA. In 10 starts, Ray has pitched five or more innings seven times, and has pitched into the sixth or beyond in five of his last six starts; plus has pitched seven complete innings on two occasions this season. The 34th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks has posted a 2-2 mark at home with a 4.45 ERA. ON the road, Ray has been even better, going 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA and a .207 opponent’s batting average.

The Raptors will go with right-hander Jharel Cotton, who is making his first start of the season. Cotton (0-0, 1.80) has been extended in each of his four relief outings, including a hitless four-inning stint at Idaho Falls in his last outing on August 7. Cotton has allowed only two runs and five hits in his 10 total innings of work, while striking out 14 batters – seven in his last outing against the Chukars. A late signee, Cotton was a 20th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 MLB Draft out of East Carolina, and resides in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Late Notes for tonight’s game:
Jake Lamb will not be with the team for the next two games, as he is away on a family-related issue. Lamb is expected to rejoin the team on Friday.

Pitching Probables
Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 16-19
Osprey vs. Idaho Falls
Thurs. – Ross Gerdeman vs. IF LHP Clayton Schultz

Fri. – Chris Thomas vs. IF RHP Zeb Sneed

Sat. – Karl Triana vs. IF RHP Alec Mills

Sun. – Yoimer Camacho vs. IF RHP Ali Williams

Aug. 20-23
Osprey at Ogden

Aug. 24-26
Osprey at Idaho Falls

Ogren Park Allegiance Field Info

Date Opened: 2004
Capacity: 3,600 (est.)
Record: 4,316 (7/3/12)
OF Distances:
LF – 309’, wall is 17’ tall
LCF – 360’, wall is 8’ tall
CF – 398’, wall is 16’ tall
RCF – 401’, wall is 8’ tall
RF – 287’, wall is 24’ tall
Home Dugout: 3rd base
Home Bullpen: LF line
Vis. Dugout: 1st base
Vis. Bullpen:  RF line

 

DEE-FENSE:
At one point in time this season, the Missoula Osprey had 10 fewer errors than anyone else in the Pioneer League. That has been trimmed to one, but they still lead the league in defense with a .969 fielding percentage. Idaho Falls is second in both fewest errors (70) and percentage (.966). The worst defensive team? Ogden (113 errors, .947 fielding pct.)

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L1

Extra Innings:

4-3

Team Hitting:

.285

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

20-4

PL Rank:

4th

Second Half:

11-4

Tied After 5:

7-2

Team Pitching:

4.17

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

2-19

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

8-7

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

9-4

Two-run games:

3-4

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

6-1

HR total at home:

16

Score First:

19-8

+3-run games:

12-13

Pitching K total:

476

Score Last:

13-7

Shutout Record:

4-3

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.74

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

18-1

 

Peanut Inning Success:

14/29

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) went 1-for-5 on Tuesday as the AZL D-backs lost to the AZL Giants, 10-3.
Record: 20-23
Ends season Aug. 29

 

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: 35-26
Ends season Aug. 25

 

SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) had two hits, but the Bears lost on a walk-off at Vancouver on Tuesday, 2-1.
Record: 8-13, 29-30
Next: at Vancouver

 

Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Archie Bradley (2011) gets the start for the Silver Hawks tonight as South Bend comes off an off-day to start a series with the Whitecaps.
Record: 25-24, 60-59
Next: vs. West Michigan
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Jon Griffin (2011) hit a three-run homer, Keon Broxton (2009) had three hits and Ender Inciarte (2009) added two hits, but the Rawhide bullpen could not hold on to the lead and lost to Modesto on Tuesday, 10-7. Raywilly Gomez (2009) doubled and drove in a run for the Rawhide, who fell two games behind the Nuts in the Cal League North Division Second-Half Standings.
Record: 26-24, 57-63
Next: vs. Modesto
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Chris Owings (2009) had two hits, including a triple, while David Nick (2009) added a base hit, but the BayBears lost to Pensacola on Tuesday, 9-5. Rossmel Perez (2008) caught Billy Hamilton stealing second, making it the fifth straight game Hamilton was nailed trying to steal a base. Hamilton is at 139 steals for the season between High-A and Double-A, and is six shy of tying Vince Coleman’s record of 145, set back in 1983. Hamilton is a 2010 Pioneer League alum (Billings).
Record: 20-31, 60-61
Next: vs. Pensacola
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Aces lost to Round Rock on Tuesday, 9-4. Eaton’s average is now at .380, which leads all of Triple-A.
Record: 71-53
Next: vs. Round Rock, with Charles Brewer (2009) getting the start for the Aces

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .296 BA, 16 HR, 61 RBI, .881 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .277 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .748 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .283 BA, 14 HR, 70 RBI, .860 OPS Jake Elmore (2008) 0-1 (PH flyout in debut on Saturday)

TEAM: 58-58, 3rd in NL West, 5.5 GB … 6 GB in wildcard

 

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