Lineups for Friday night

Game two of the four-game series between the Osprey and the Idaho Falls Chukars will take place tonight here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Gates open at 5:30 for Happy Hour Night.

First, catching you up on things … the Osprey will be without Ty Linton for the rest of the 2012 season. The preliminary diagnosis is a torn ligament in the left knee. Further tests will be done before surgery is preformed. Linton will be heading back down to Phoenix soon for the exam and procedure. Our thoughts are with him, and we wish him well in the future. The Osprey have received outfielder Alex Glenn to fill in, and Glenn will start tonight. More on him in the game notes.

The pre-game show guest tonight will be one of our assistants this, well in her case the past two seasons, and someone with a baseball background in MaLeigha Stottlemyre. She’ll share what it was like growing up in a baseball household and how the sport is indeed in her blood. Pre-game begins at 6:50, with the first pitch slated for around 7:05 tonight here on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Here are the lineups and game notes for tonight:

Idaho Falls Chukars
Overall: 10-8, 27-29
Manager: Omar Ramirez
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
23 Ethan Chapman CF .325 0 19
7 Adalberto Mondesi SS .285 2 22
20 Nick Cuckovich 3B .249 2 32
6 Rainier Bello 1B .256 4 25
22 Parker Morin C .290 2 14
1 Diego Goris DH .273 6 22
14 Nick DelGuidice 2B .319 1 16
39 Jerico Blanco RF .217 0 9
27 Ysmelin Alcantara LF .229 2 10
25 Zeb Sneed 2-1 6.41 9-8 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Missoula Osprey
Overall: 11-6, 29-26
Manager: Andy Green
No. Player Pos. Avg. HR RBI
14 Pedro Ruiz SS .309 2 13
35 Evan Marzilli CF .342 0 10
18 Jake Lamb 3B .307 4 38
7 Michael Perez C .297 8 47
19 Socrates Brito RF .305 2 24
9 Danny Pulfer 2B .309 2 20
33 Rudy Flores DH .307 0 17
30 Tyler Bream 1B .271 2 17
15 Alex Glenn LF .000 0 0
8 Chris Thomas 1-1 3.38 11-10 RHP
Starting Pitcher Stats W-L ERA G-GS
Umpires: Home Plate Cody Oakes
First Base Sean Allen
The Skinny:
Game two of the four-game set between the Osprey and Idaho Falls Chukars takes place tonight here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The Chukars got the best of the Osprey in the opener, 12-5, which helped Idaho Falls get within a game of first place in the Pioneer League South Division. The Osprey stayed two games out of first in the North Division.Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey collected 14 hits, including 10 in their final three at-bats, but their late surge could not overcome an early deficit as the Idaho Falls Chukars claimed a 12-5 win on Thursday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field in front of 2,977 fans. Danny Pulfer had three hits and Pedro Ruiz added two hits and three RBIs for the Osprey, who scored three runs in the home half of the seventh inning and added a run in the bottom of the eighth.  Breland Almadova chipped in with a pair of hits and a RBI for the Osprey. Tyler Bream also had two hits, while Ty Linton had two hits and two runs scored. Michael Perez and Adam McConnell added a base hit each for Missoula. The Chukars scored the first six runs of the game in the second and third innings off of Osprey starter Ross Gerdeman (3-4). Idaho Falls would score five more in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh to take a 12-1 edge before the Osprey could answer. Clayton Schulz (3-6) scattered four hits and three walks in six innings of work to pick up the win on the mound for the Chukars. Andrew Stueve pitched the final three innings to earn his second save.

Notes from the Nest:
The Osprey have lost three games in a row for the first time since they lost six straight to Orem and at Grand Junction in July … The Osprey are 6-12 against the South this season … Breland Almadova has a 10-game road hitting streak … Danny Pulfer has a 12-game home on-base streak … The Osprey have the best win percentage in the league when scoring first (19-8, .704) … New OF Alex Glenn was the 12th round pick by the D-backs in the 2012 MLB Draft, and hit .244 in the Arizona League, with four doubles, four triples, four home runs and 23 RBIs. Glenn put up his best numbers offensively as a right fielder (.319/4/19).

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Thomas to make the start, as he will fill in for normal starter Chris Pack, who is serving the last bit of his suspension by not starting today. Thomas (1-1, 3.38) was rocked a bit in his first outing, but has settled in nicely to the Osprey bullpen. Since that three-run outing at Grand Junction on July 22, Thomas has allowed just a single in over his last 10 innings of work, and has a 1.29 ERA over his past four outings in the month of August.  Pack (5-1, 5.25) was ejected from his last start – the Saturday Night Special on August 11 against Billings (comeback from 9-0 down to win, 11-10) – after hitting a batter in apparent retaliation to Michael Perez getting hit by a pitch. Before that, Pack had pitched at least five innings in each of his prior 10 starts. Pack will pitch at least three innings tonight.

The Chukars will go with right-hander Zeb Sneed, who is hoping to continue to get the run support he has received this season. In those wins, Sneed (2-1, 6.41) allowed four and five runs, respectively, in the two wins he has earned, on July 22 (Helena) and August 10 (Orem). Sneed has been steady as the season has progressed – usually pitching into the fifth inning (in five of his last six starts). Sneed has allowed three or more runs in seven of his eight starts.

Pitching Probables
Saturday, August 18
MIS RHP Karl Triana (4-4, 4.70) vs. IDF RHP Alec Mills (1-3, 3.06)

Sunday, August 19
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (2-4, 3.27) vs. IDF RHP Ali Williams (2-3, 4.20)

Aug. 20-23
Osprey at Ogden

Aug. 24-26
Osprey at Idaho Falls

Aug. 28-29
Osprey vs. Great Falls

Linton update:
Ty Linton suffered a left knee injury last night while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play. He will be further examined and has been ruled out of action indefinitely. The D-backs have promoted OF Alex Glenn to the Osprey to help fill in for Linton’s absence.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L3

Extra Innings:

4-3

Team Hitting:

.284

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

20-4

PL Rank:

4th

Second Half:

11-7

Tied After 5:

7-2

Team Pitching:

4.27

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

2-21

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

8-7

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

9-6

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:

12-15

Pitching K total:

495

Score Last:

13-8

Shutout Record:

4-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.76

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

18-2

  Peanut Inning Success:

14/31

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored a run as the AZL D-backs beat the AZL Angels, 4-2. Bianco improved his average to .311 with the effort.
Record: 21-23
Ends season Aug. 29 
DSL D-backs Update:The DSL D-backs are a half-game ahead of the DSL Rockies for first in the Baseball City Division. 
Record: 37-26
Ends season Aug. 25 
SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Josh Parr (2011) was 0-for-3 with a RBI in the Bears’ 8-2 win over Spokane on Thursday.
Record: 10-13, 31-30
Next: vs. Spokane 
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Eric Groff (2010-11) singled home the game-winning run with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Silver Hawks beat West Michigan on Thursday, 5-4. Roidany Aguila (2009-11) had two hits and two RBIs, while Raul Navarro (2010) had two hits for the Hawks.
Record: 25-25, 60-60
Next: vs. West Michigan, with JR Bradley (2010) getting the start for the Silver Hawks
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Ender Incirate (2009) had two hits, while Jon Griffin (2011) had a hit and a run scored in the Rawhide’s 5-4 loss to Modesto on Thursday. Taylor Siemens (2011) pitched six solid innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk.
Record: 27-25, 58-64
Next: at Modesto
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears game with Pensacola was rained out on Thursday. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday.
Record: 21-31, 61-61
Next: vs. Pensacola (DH)
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) went 3-for-6 with a run scored, and Taylor Harbin (2007) added a 2-for-6 effort, with two runs scored and a RBI in the Aces’ 9-8, 10-inning loss to Round Rock. The Aces have lost six straight games, but still have a five-game lead over Colorado Springs and six games ahead of Salt Lake in the PCL Pacific Northern Division standings.
Record: 71-55
Next: vs. Round Rock

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .298 BA, 18 HR, 63 RBI, .898 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .277 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .745 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .286 BA, 14 HR, 70 RBI, .859 OPS Jake Elmore (2008) 2-5 (was 2-4 w/2B on Thursday)

TEAM: 59-59, 3rd in NL West, 5.5 GB … 6 GB in wildcard

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