Lineups for Tuesday vs. Great Falls

We had a bunch of stuff for today’s entry, but it will have to wait … anyway, here is the stuff, Andy Green is the pre-game show guest, we’re on the air at 6:50, with a first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on AM 930 KMTP and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Missoula (16-12, 34-32)

1 35 Evan Marzilli CF
.328, 0 HR, 13 RBI
2 9 Danny Pulfer 2B
.294, 2 HR, 24 RBI
3 18 Jake Lamb 3B
.317, 7 HR, 47 RBI
4 7 Michael Perez C
.299, 10 HR, 57 RBI
5 19 Socrates Brito RF
.324, 3 HR, 35 RBI
6 26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH
.317, 1 HR, 11 RBI
7 33 Rudy Flores 1B
.314, 3 HR, 26 RBI
8 21 Breland Almadova LF
.301, 1 HR, 26 RBI
9 38 Andrew Velazquez SS
.227, 0 HR, 1 RBI
P 44 Chris Pack P

Great Falls (10-18, 34-32)

1 3 Micah Johnson 2B
.280, 4 HR, 23 RBI
2 6 Michael Johnson CF
.258, 2 HR, 10 RBI
3 27 Yoandy Barroso LF
.309, 2 HR, 41 RBI
4 22 Kyle Robinson RF
.344, 2 HR, 34 RBI
5 12 Brent Tanner 1B
.274, 4 HR, 38 RBI
6 16 Thomas McCarthy 3B
.282, 1 HR, 15 RBI
7 10 Tyler Williams DH
.230, 3 HR, 11 RBI
8 11 Zachary Voight SS
.308, 0 HR, 9 RBI
9 19 Zac Fisher C
.217, 1 HR, 9 RBI
P 25 Chris Beck P
The Skinny:
The Osprey begin their final 10-game stretch of the 2012 regular season with a two-game series against the Great Falls Voyagers at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The Osprey will have one more series at home this season – Sept. 5-6 against Billings.

Getting Up To Speed:
The final playoff spot in the Pioneer League North Division Playoffs may not be decided until the final series in Missoula. The Osprey picked a good time to go on a two-game win streak – just as the Billings Mustangs were swept by the suddenly red-hot Ogden Raptors, who are tied for first with the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League South Division Second-Half Standings. The Osprey won their series at Idaho Falls, taking the final two games of the weekend set – a 6-4 win on Saturday and a 9-0 shutout win on Sunday. The difference is now just a game between the two North rivals – who play each other six times in the final eight games of the season. The Osprey are glad to be done with the South – they posted an 11-17 mark against the South Division teams this season.

Voyagers Finding Their Stride Again:
Great Falls started the half by losing its first nine games, but has bounced back by winning 10 of its last 18 games – including a 5-2 homestand against Orem and Grand Junction. One of their main cogs in the lineup in the first half, outfielder Kyle Robinson, is back after spending three weeks at Class A Kannapolis. Robinson was hitting .378 before his promotion, but only .261 in the 11 games since his return, with no home runs and seven RBI. However, having him back in the lineup has helped other players, like outfielder Yoandy Barroso (.309, 2 HR, 41 RBI) and catcher/first baseman Brent Tanner (.274, 4 HR, 38 RBI). The pitching has been solid, with a 4.19 ERA for the month.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Pack to the mound as he looks to get back to the winning side of the ledger. Pack (5-1, 5.83) has three straight no-decisions (the O’s won the two games he started in that span), but has won his last four decisions. His last (and only) loss came against Great Falls on July 4. The numbers have been climbing as the season progresses, with a 2-0 mark and an ERA of 9.00 in five August appearances (four starts). Between home and road, Pack has been consistent – Pack is 3-0 with a 5.82 ERA at home, 2-1 with a 5.85 ERA on the road. The non-drafted free-agent signee is looking to get back to the playoffs for the second straight summer – he helped Joliet reach the Frontier League playoffs in 2011.

The Voyagers will go with right-hander Chris Beck, who will be making his fifth start of the season tonight. Beck (3-2, 4.96) has been a little limited in innings pitched as a starter, having gone just five innings on one occasion this season, but is hoping to improve on that tonight. In his lone start against the Osprey on July 28, Beck went four solid innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while scattering five hits and a walk while striking out four batters. In three total appearances in 2012, Beck is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, striking out nine batters in eight innings pitched. That prior start came in Missoula – Beck has struggled on the road this season (1-1, 6.62), while putting together a solid home ledger (2-1, 3.00). In five appearances in August (two starts), Beck is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA. The Jefferson, Georgia native was picked in the 2nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Georgia Southern.

Pitching Probables
Wednesday, August 29
MIS RHP Karl Triana (4-4, 5.34) vs. GF RHP Brandon Brennan (3-1, 3.64)

Thursday, August 30
MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho (2-4, 4.91) at BIL RHP Drew Cisco (4-1, 4.05)

Friday, August 31
MIS RHP Chris Thomas (2-1, 4.35) at BIL RHP Sal Romano (5-5, 5.17)

Saturday, September 1
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (4-4, 4.77) at BIL RHP Jon Moscot (0-1, 2.57)

Sunday, September 2
MIS RHP Chris Pack (5-1, 5.83) vs. BIL LHP Joel Bender (2-4, 8.56)

Goose eggs aplenty:
The Osprey pitching staff has five shutouts this season, which is one shy of the club record of six, posted by the 2006 pitching staff.

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W2

Extra Innings:

5-4

Team Hitting:

.290

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

21-7

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

16-12

Tied After 5:

9-2

Team Pitching:

4.74

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

4-23

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

10-10

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

14-11

Two-run games:

4-5

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

0-0

Three-run games:

7-1

HR total at home:

21

Score First:

21-10

+3-run games:

13-16

Pitching K total:

580

Score Last:

15-9

Shutout Record:

5-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.75

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

22-5

 

Peanut Inning Success:

16/34

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing: Justin Bianco (2011-12) went 1-for-3 with three stolen bases in the AZL D-backs’ 3-1 win over the AZL Athletics on Monday. Bianco raised his average to .253, and now has eight stolen bases in 10 tries since he was sent to Arizona earlier this month.
Record: 26-28
Ends season Aug. 29

 

DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs won nine of their last 10 games to win the Boca Chica Baseball City Division title.

 

Record: 43-29
Season over

 

SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: Blake Perry (2010) is ranked sixth in the Northwest League in ERA (2.42) while putting together a 4-1 record, with 54 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings pitched. He’s also tied for third in the league in WHIP (1.03) , and has the league’s lone complete game this season … Josh Parr (2011) has a .245 batting average six 21 extra-base hits, including six home runs, and 30 RBIs. Yakima will face Boise in the Northwest League East Division Playoffs.
Record: 14-19, 35-36
Next: vs. Vancouver, with Blake Perry (2010) getting the start for the Bears.
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Chris Ellison (2011) and Raul Navarro (2010) each had two hits and a run scored, while Tom Belza (2011) added a RBI double and scored a run, but the Silver Hawks lost to Bowling Green on Monday, 11-5. Ryan Court (2011) added a base hit and a RBI.
Record: 30-33, 65-68
Next: vs. Bowling Green
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: The Rawhide lost to the Stockton Ports on Monday, 8-3. Diogenes Rosario (2009) and Seth Simmons (2011) combined for four shutout innings of relief, allowing just a hit and a walk with six strikeouts.
Record: 31-32, 62-71
Next: at Bakersfield, with Anthony Meo (2011) starting for the Rawhide
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: David Nick (2009) had two hits, while Chris Owings (2009) and Rossmel Perez (2008) each added a base hit as the BayBears lost to Tennessee on Monday, 5-3. Owings also added a stolen base, while Yonata Ortega (2007) added an inning of scoreless relief. Three more former Osprey were added to the roster – Ollie Linton (2008) returned to the squad from injury, while Jon Griffin (2011) and pitcher Bradin Hagens (2009) was promoted from Class A Advanced Visalia. In a related move, the D-backs released former Osprey Kyle Greene (2008).
Record: 27-37, 67-67
Next: at Tennessee, with Bradin Hagens (2009) making his BayBears debut today.
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) may miss the rest of the regular season with a concussion. The outfielder was placed on the 7-day disabled list over the weekend. Eaton and former Aces infielder Jake Elmore (2008) – who is now with the Arizona Diamondbacks – both made the PCL Postseason All-Star squad. Eaton, who was named the PCL’s Rookie of the Year, may add some more hardware, as he is considered a candidate for the PCL Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced on Thursday.
Record: 76-61
Next: at Tacoma

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .287 BA, 18 HR, 66 RBI, .867 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .274 BA, 6 HR, 31 RBI, .731 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .279 BA, 14 HR, 74 RBI, .834 OPS Jake Elmore (2008) .167 BA (5-30), .242 OBP

TEAM: 64-65, 3rd in NL West, 7.5 GB … 7.5 GB in wildcard

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