Saturday night lineups from the Nest

Here we go … the Osprey will try it again tonight against the Idaho Falls Chukars at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. For some reason, tonight feels like it could be a good night for the Osprey … just a feeling in the clubhouse.

Evan Marzilli is not in the lineup because it was supposed to be a day off for him. Marzilli tweaked his left ankle last night, and he could go if he had to, instead, manager Andy Green is sticking to the schedule. The latest Marzilli will be back in the lineup is on Monday at Ogden.

Speaking of Marzilli, he’s our “Excerpts” subject on the pre-game show tonight at 6:50, with the first pitch slated for around 7:05 on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Missoula Osprey (11-8, 29-28) Idaho Falls Chukars (11-8, 28-29)
1 14 Pedro Ruiz SS 1 23 Ethan Chapman CF
.309, 2 HR, 13 RBI .328, 0 HR, 22 RBI
2 21 Breland Almadova CF 2 7 Adlaberto Mondesi SS
.309, 1 HR, 21 RBI .284, 2 HR, 22 RBI
3 18 Jake Lamb 3B 3 2 Elier Hernandez RF
.311, 4 HR, 38 RBI .206, 0 HR, 28 RBI
4 26 Yosbel Gutierrez C 4 20 Nick Cuckovich DH
.289, 1 HR, 9 RBI .249, 2 HR, 32 RBI
5 19 Socrates Brito RF 5 43 Jin-Ho Shin C
.309, 2 HR, 25 RBI .292, 4 HR, 21 RBI
6 9 Danny Pulfer 2B 6 6 Rainier Bello 1B
.308, 2 HR, 22 RBI .266, 4 HR, 30 RBI
7 33 Rudy Flores 1B 7 14 Nick DelGuidice 3B
.292, 0 HR, 17 RBI .308, 1 HR, 16 RBI
8 30 Tyler Bream DH 8 39 Jerico Blanco LF
.279, 2 HR, 18 RBI .244, 0 HR, 9 RBI
9 15 Alex Glenn LF 9 32 Carlos Garcia 2B
.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI
.265, 1 HR, 16 RBI
P 29 Karl Triana P P 8 Alec Mills P

Umpires: Home – Sean Allen; Bases – Cody Oakes

The Skinny:
Game three of the four-game set between the Osprey and Idaho Falls Chukars takes place tonight here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

Last Time Out:
The Missoula Osprey dropped their fourth straight game on Friday at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, falling 11-9 to the Idaho Falls Chukars in front of 1,956 fans. However, the Osprey stay two games back of the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League’s North Division, as the Mustangs also lost on Friday. Unlike the series opener on Thursday, the Osprey led the game twice, holding 5-3 and 6-5 edges, but were victimized by another six-run inning, this one taking place in the top of the sixth that gave the Chukars the lead for good. The Osprey responded in the home half of the inning with a three-run rally, but could not dent the scoreboard the rest of the evening. Michael Perez had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs for Missoula, who had 11 hits on the night. It’s the second straight game the Osprey have collected 11 or more hits but lost the game, after winning 18 of the first 19 times it took place this season. Jake Lamb and Socrates Brito added two hits and two runs scored, while Tyler Bream added two hits and a RBI. Danny Pulfer doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Osprey. The pitching highlight came in the final 3 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball by Missoula relievers Patrick Smith and Justin Thompson, who combined to allow just two hits and a walk while striking out five batters.

Notes from the Nest:
Including tonight’s game, the Osprey have just six home games remaining on the schedule. However, they are still on pace to set a new single-season attendance mark. The old record of 87,345 was set in the 2010 season. If the Osprey draw the average per game for the rest of the season, they would set the new mark on the last game of the season Sept. 6 … The Osprey are trying to make sure they still have control of their own playoff destiny, since six of their final eight games will come against the first-place Billings Mustangs.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Karl Triana to the mound tonight as he looks to build on his best start of the season, which was in his most recent outing. Triana (4-4, 4.70) allowed just four hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings of work, walking two and hitting a batter while striking out seven in a win over Ogden on Monday. Triana has pitched six innings on three different occasions this season. Triana is 0-2 against Helena, but is 4-2 against the rest of the league, with a 2.93 ERA. Triana has also been solid at home this season, going 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA in five prior home starts this season.

The Chukars will go with right-hander Alec Mills, who is hoping to continue the string of strong starts he has made since moving into the Chukars’ rotation from the bullpen. Mills (1-3, 2 saves, 3.06 ERA) is 1-1 as a starter, with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since being moved into the rotation last month. Mills, picked in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2012 MLB Draft out of Tennessee-Martin, started the season in the bullpen, where he was 0-2 with the three saves and a 3.52 ERA. In his last outing, the defense struggled behind him, as he allowed three unearned runs while scattering eight hits in a win over Orem on August 11, and struck out five batters without allowing a walk. Mills has allowed only two walks in 20 innings as a starting pitcher.

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

Monday, August 20
MIS RHP Jared Ray (3-5, 3.32) at OGD LHP Gregg Downing

Tuesday, August 21
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (3-4, 5.02) at OGD Pitcher TBA

Wednesday, August 22
MIS RHP Chris Pack (5-1, 5.28) at OGD Pitcher TBA

Thursday, August 23
MIS RHP Karl Triana (4-4, 4.70) at OGD Pitcher TBA

Aug. 24-26
Osprey at Idaho Falls

Aug. 28-29
Osprey vs. Great Falls

Aug. 30-Sept. 2
Osprey at Billings

Sept. 3-4
Osprey at Great Falls

Sept. 5-6
Osprey vs. Billings

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

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

L4

Extra Innings:

4-3

Team Hitting:

.285

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

20-5

PL Rank:

T-3rd

Second Half:

11-8

Tied After 5:

7-2

Team Pitching:

4.37

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:

9-7

Two-run games:

3-5

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:

505

Score Last:

13-9

Shutout Record:

4-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.79

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

18-3

 

Peanut Inning Success:

15/32

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 on Thursday, 4-2.
Record: 22-23
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 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Bears beat Spokane on Friday, 6-1. Victor Acosta (2010) and Enrique Burgos (2009, 11) combined to pitch four shutout innings of relief.
Record: 11-13, 32-30
Next: vs. Spokane, with Blake Perry (2010) getting the start for the Bears

 

Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Eric Groff (2010-11) singled and walked, while Tom Belza (2011), Matt Helm (2009-10) and Roidany Aguila (2009-11) each added a base hit in the Silver Hawks’ 2-0 loss to West Michigan on Friday. Keith Hessler (2011) allowed just an earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work, while JR Bradley (2010) and Jesse Darrah (2011) combined for 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief.
Record: 26-26, 61-61
Next: at Bowling Green
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Ender Incirate (2009) went 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and a stolen base, but the Rawhide lost at Modesto on Friday, 7-6 in 10 innings. Bradin Hagens (2009) was stellar in his start, allowing just an earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters in seven innings of work. Unfortunately, Seth Simmons (2011) surrendered five runs, including four in the bottom of the 9th that tied the game, and took the loss on the mound.
Record: 27-26, 58-65
Next: at Modesto, with Anthony Meo (2011) starting for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: The BayBears split a doubleheader with Pensacola on Friday. In Game 1, Eury De La Rosa (2009) earned his sixth save of the season in a 4-1 victory. In Game 2, Chris Owings (2009) and David Nick (2009) each collected a base hit in a 10-2 loss. Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched a scoreless frame, while Kyle Greene (2008) became the latest former Osprey position player to play for Mobile to try his hand at pitching. He went 1-for-2 at the plate, and pitched an inning on the mound, allowing a two-run home run by also collecting a strikeout.
Record: 22-32, 62-62
Next: vs. Pensacola (DH)
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the Aces snapped a six-game losing streak and beat Round Rock on Friday, 8-2. Eaton bumped his batting average up to .385 with the effort. Both of his RBIs came with two out.
Record: 72-55
Next: at Tacoma

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .298 BA, 18 HR, 64 RBI, .896 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .276 BA, 6 HR, 30 RBI, .742 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .286 BA, 14 HR, 70 RBI, .859 OPS Jake Elmore (2008) 2-9 (was 2-4 w/2B on Thursday)

TEAM: 60-59, 3rd in NL West, 5 GB … 6 GB in wildcard

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