September 2012

Eaton, Goldy and voting

by Ben Catley

Just a couple of things on this Sunday …

Adam Eaton (2010 Osprey) is out for the rest of the season after getting hit by a pitch in his right hand during the 7th inning of Saturday’s 8-2 Arizona Diamondbacks’ win over the Chicago Cubs. X-rays showed a broken bone in the hand, so Eaton’s season is done four days earlier than planned. Eaton hit .259 in 22 games after his promotion from Triple-A Reno, with a .382 on-base percentage, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBIs, plus a pair of stolen bases.

On a personal note, I finally managed to see Eaton in a D-backs’ uniform for the first time on TV on Saturday night. He had hits in his first two at-bats, which I missed, then was retired in his next two at-bats, which I managed to watch. I missed the HBP in the 7th, so go figure.

We shall see what the D-backs do with Eaton in 2013. Once he was promoted, he became an everyday player at the top of the lineup – something the D-backs sorely needed. It will provide plenty of great off-season hot stove talk, I’m sure.

– Wanted to see four former Osprey in the D-backs’ lineup last night, but Paul Goldschmidt (2009) was out of the lineup with a stiff back. Nothing serious, though, which is good news. By the way, the other two who were in the lineup – catcher Miguel Montero (2002-03) and outfielder Gerardo Parra (2006). Montero has put together quite a 2012 season, a solid follow-up from his breakout 2011 campaign, and Parra is Parra, hitting enough, playing great defense and getting plenty of chances to play, despite being the fourth outfielder.

– Finally, want to remind you to vote (even if you have already, you are allowed to vote again) on your favorite game of the 2012 Osprey baseball season. Beginning on Tuesday, October 2 (I had to push it back a day due to life happening), we will announce the top three games, and post audio highlights of each game to our website at MissoulaOsprey.com. The results will come from three sources:
*Voting on the Bird Droppings blog
*Voting on MissoulaOsprey.com
*The results from our esteemed panel of Osprey baseball experts – which may surprise you. Or not …

The top three will be announced beginning on Tuesday. In the meantime, it’s back to the lab to figure out what poll to come up with next …

New Poll – Favorite Game of 2012

Fans can now vote on their favorite games of the 2012 Osprey baseball season. The results will be announced on October 1 both here (with a write-up) and on MissoulaOsprey.com, with audio highlights of each game that makes the cut. Tentatively, it will be the top three games, but that could change, so stay tuned.

The poll on the blog will allow for more than one game to be voted for, but the poll on MissoulaOsprey.com does not allow for multiple selections. You can vote on each if you so desire, however. have fun and the results will be announced beginning October 1! (more…)

It’s the finale, and here are the lineups for it

This is it. The last game of the year. And it means the whole marbles are on the line. Every last color, style and size in the pack is on the line tonight.

And have the Missoula Osprey have made this their stick over the last week-plus, or what?

They have played in a must-win situation three prior times to tonight – Sept. 6-7 vs. Billings, and in the decider Sept. 9 at Great Falls – and won them all. So tonight’s Pioneer Baseball League Championship Series Game 3 with the Ogden Raptors at Lindquist Field enters that realm.

However, to be fair, there are some things to point out on both sides:
– The Osprey have won 2 of 5 Game 3s played in during the post-season, but won their last one. Both of those Game 3 wins came against Great Falls.
– The Raptors hadn’t won a Championship Series game until last night, dropping their first nine tries.
– Both teams are looking to end a title drought of sorts. The Osprey haven’t won since 2006, while Ogden last won a Pioneer League title before there was a playoff system in place, in 1969.
– Incidentally, that 1969 title – all of 43 years ago – came on the tail end of a four-year reign as PBL champs for Ogden, a record that has been approached but not equaled since.
– Little-known fact – the Osprey have made the playoffs now in four of the seven seasons there has been an Arizona League team in existence at the same time (1999, 2001, 2011 and 2012).

So what does that all mean for tonight? Likely … nothing, unless you make it into something to grab on to. Which, of course, is why we point it out.

Enough delving into stuff … on to the lineups, which will follow the usual radio stuff. Pre-game will be at 6:45 tonight, first pitch at 7:00 on AM 930 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. At the moment, pre-game interview is TBA.

Anyway, here’s who both managers are starting tonight:

Missoula (41-35)
14 Pedro Ruiz SS
9 Danny Pulfer 2B
18 Jake Lamb 3B
7 Michael Perez C
19 Socrates Brito RF
21 Breland Almadova CF
15 Alex Glenn LF
26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH
30 Tyler Bream 1B
48 Yoimer Camacho RHP

Ogden (44-32)
12 Delvis Morales 2B
40 Noel Cuevas LF
33 Jeremy Rathjen RF
17 Jesus Valdez 1B
46 Corey Seager SS
34 Paul Hoenecke DH
10 Jose Capellan C
27 Bladimir Franco 3B
5 Malcolm Holland CF
36 Ross Stripling RHP

 

Lineups for Game 2 of Championship Series

Well, the lineups are posted and it’s getting closer to the start of Game 2 of the Pioneer League Championship Series, with the Osprey holding a 1-0 series lead over the Ogden Raptors. Ross Gerdeman gets the call to make the start in Game 2 for the Osprey, while Lindsey Caughel will get the ball for the Raptors.

The pre-game show will start around 6:40 – we’re moving it up to get everything in – with the first pitch slated for 7:00 on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. Danny Pulfer (yes, the interview we didn’t get to air in Missoula) will be the pre-game show guest.

Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups …

Missoula Osprey (41-35)
14 Pedro Ruiz SS
9 Danny Pulfer DH
18 Jake Lamb 3B
7 Michael Perez C
19 Socrates Brito RF
21 Breland Almadova CF
15 Alex Glenn LF
33 Rudy Flores 1B
38 Andrew Velazquez 2B
24 Ross Gerdeman RHP

Ogden Raptors (44-32)
12 Delvis Morales 2B
25 Eric Smith C
33 Jeremy Rathjen RF
17 Jesus Valdez 1B
46 Corey Seager SS
40 Noel Cuevas LF
34 Paul Hoenecke DH
27 Bladimir Franco 3B
5 Malcolm Holland CF
47 Lindsey Caughel RHP

Lineups and notes from Championship Game 1

OK Osprey faithful … here we go.

Game 1 of the Pioneer Baseball League Championship Series between the Osprey and the Ogden Raptors is getting closer to starting here. In a little over an hour, it’s go time.

More on the matchup in the notes below. Danny Pulfer is our Pre-game show guest. We’re on the air at 6:50, with the first pitch slated for 7:15 on AM 930 KMTP and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

To the lineups and beyond …

Missoula Osprey (41-35, North Division winner)

1 14 Pedro Ruiz SS
.313, 2 HR, 19 RBI
2 9 Danny Pulfer DH
.285, 2 HR, 27 RBI
3 18 Jake Lamb 3B
.329, 9 HR, 57 RBI
4 7 Michael Perez C
.293, 10 HR, 60 RBI
5 19 Socrates Brito RF
.312, 4 HR, 39 RBI
6 21 Breland Almadova CF
.306, 1 HR, 28 RBI
7 15 Alex Glenn LF
.300, 6 HR, 17 RBI
8 33 Rudy Flores 1B
.296, 3 HR, 32 RBI
9 38 Andrew Velazquez 2B
.220, 0 HR, 4 RBI
P 8 Chris Thomas P

Ogden Raptors (44-32, South Division winner)

1 12 Delvis Morales 2B
.341, 0 HR, 15 RBI
2 25 Eric Smith DH
.336, 3 HR, 55 RBI
3 33 Jeremy Rathjen RF
.324, 9 HR, 53 RBI
4 17 Jesus Valdez 1B
.324, 9 HR, 62 RBI
5 46 Corey Seager SS
.309, 8 HR, 33 RBI
6 18 Devin Shines LF
.304, 8 HR, 34 RBI
7 10 Jose Capellan C
.338, 1 HR, 20 RBI
8 27 Bladimir Franco 3B
.282, 2 HR, 12 RBI
9 5 Malcolm Holland CF
.244, 0 HR, 15 RBI
P 22 Miguel Sulbaran P
The Skinny:
Game 1 of the Best-of-3 Pioneer League Championship Series will take place tonight, with the Osprey looking to make it three straight teams from the North to win a PBL title, and chasing their first since 2006. Ogden is seeking its first title since the two-division format began, not having won a title since 1969.

How They Got Here:
The Missoula Osprey beat the Great Falls Voyagers in three games to win the North Division Series for the first time since 2009. Chris Pack won Game 1 for the Osprey, an 8-3 triumph, while Yoimer Camacho pitched five innings in the 4-2 Game 3 series-clincher. Danny Pulfer hit .500 for the series, while Michael Perez was 3-for-8 (.375) in the series. The Osprey hit .258 as a team, but their pitching was the story, posting a 2.73 ERA in the three games.

The Ogden Raptors fended off the Grand Junction Rockies in three games to advance to their second straight Championship Series. Eric Smith (.583), Heremy Rathjen (.462) and Corey Seager (.444) paced the batters, while Lindsay Caughel putched eight innings in a no-decision in Game 1 (2.25) ERA. The Raptors hit .280 against the Rockies, while their pitchers finished with a 5.23 ERA in a high-scoring series.

Team records set for hitting, postseason and attendance:
There was a handful of Osprey history set in 2012:
– The Osprey set a new single-season attendance record, finishing 188 people shy of the 90,000 mark, finishing with a single-season best total of 89,812 fans.
– For the first time in 14 seasons, the Osprey are in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. It’s also the seventh time the Osprey have won 40 or more games in a season, with six of those campaigns ending with a post-season berth (2000 being the only exception).
– The Osprey hit .288 for the season, which bested the previous mark of .284, set in the 1999 and 2001 seasons. The Osprey won the PBL title in 1999, and won 52 games in 2001 before falling to eventual champion Billings in the North Division Playoff Series.

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Thomas to the mound as he looks to make the best of his first postseason appearance. Thomas (2-1, 3.09 ERA in 2012 season) pitched in just one inning against the Raptors during the regular season, pitching a scoreless inning of work on August 22. Thomas has been solid this season, and has come into his own as a starter. In his last two starts, spanning 11 1/3 innings, he has allowed just two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk, two hit batsmen and struck out 11 batters. This includes a clutch seven-inning outing in Billings on August 31. The Osprey have won in Thomas’ last five outings.

The Raptors will go with left-hander Miguel Sulbaran, who had made just one prior start in the Pioneer League, but has had plenty of success on the mound this past summer. Sulbaran (0-1, 5.40) allowed five hits and three runs, with one walk and four strikeouts, in five innings of work in a loss at Grand Junction last Wednesday. Sulbaran spent the rest of the season in the Arizona League, going 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA for the AZL Dodgers.  Sulbaran struck out 62 batters in 57 1/3 innings pitched, and was better on the road (2.10) than at home (2.84). His best month was in July, (2-1, 1.05), holding opponents to a .225 average. The lefty was better against right-handers (.243) than lefties (.278 during the season. (GJ lefties were 0-for-4).

Pitching Probables
Playoff Schedule
PBL Championship Series
Missoula vs. Ogden
Game 2 – Thursday, Sept. 13 at Ogden
MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman vs. OGD RHP Lindsey Caughel

Game 3 – Friday, Sept. 14 at Ogden (if necessary)

MIS RHP Yoimer Camacho vs. OGD RHP Ross Stripling

Pioneer League Champions (since 1999)
1999 – Missoula
2000 – Idaho Falls
2001 – Billings
2002 – Great Falls
2003 – Billings
2004 – Provo
2005 – Orem
2006 – Missoula
2007 – Orem
2008 – Great Falls
2009 – Orem
2010 – Helena
2011 – Great Falls

NOTE: Ogden won four titles from 1966-69.

 

By The Numbers (2012 Regular Season):

Current Streak:

W4

Extra Innings:

6-4

Team Hitting:

.288

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

24-7

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

23-15

Tied After 5:

11-2

Team Pitching:

4.68

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

6-26

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

12-10

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

17-12

Two-run games:

6-6

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

4-2

Three-run games:

9-1

HR total at home:

23

Score First:

23-10

+3-run games:

14-18

Pitching K total:

683

Score Last:

20-11

Shutout Record:

5-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.97

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

24-5

 

Peanut Inning Success:

17/38

PBL Championship Series Comparison:

Reg. Season

Missoula

Ogden

Home Record

21-17

23-15

Road Record

20-18

21-17

Hitting

.288

.292

Lg. Rank

3rd

2nd

Pitching

4.68

4.93

Lg. Rank

3rd

4th

Home Runs

51

55

HR Allowed

68

58

Team OBP

.361

.378

Team Slug. %

.428

.436

Team OPS

.789

.814

Head to Head

Missoula

Ogden

Home W-L

1-2

3-1

Road W-L

1-3

2-1

HTH Avg.

.285

.316

HTH ERA

6.82

4.50

HTH OBP

.359

.396

HTH Slugging

.419

.500

HTH OPS

.779

.896

Head-To-Head Team Leaders

Missoula

Ogden

Hitting

Gutierrez, .500

Franco, .538

Home Runs

Four with 1

Rathjen, 3

RBI

Brito, 7

Valdez, 11

Pitching W-L

Spilker, Triana 1-0

Five with 1

Pitching ERA

Blake, 3.00 (6 IP)

Caughel, 0.00 (7 IP)

Missoula Osprey Playoff History

Year Opponent Score
1999 @ Helena W 4-2 (11)
Helena Won
@ Billings Won
Billings Won
2001 Billings W 4-3
@ Billings L 2-6
@ Billings L 5-12
2006 Billings W 6-4
@ Billings W 10-2
Idaho Falls W 4-0
@ Idaho Falls W 7-2
2009 Great Falls W 3-2 (11)
@ Great Falls L 2-3
@ Great Falls W 16-7
@ Orem W 7-6
Orem L 0-10
Orem L 10-13
2011 @ Great Falls L 3-8
Great Falls W 11-1
Great Falls L 2-12
2012 Great Falls W 8-3
@ Great Falls L 4-5
@ Great Falls W 4-2
Ogden  
@ Ogden  
@ Ogden*  

*- if necessary

Overall Playoff Record:                                 15-8       .652
Home Playoff Record:                                   8-3          .727
Road Playoff Record:                                     7-5          .583
Divisional Round Record:                             10-6       .625
Championship Round Record:                   5-2          .714
Postseason Record vs. Ogden:                   First meeting

Lineups for the Game 3 showdown in GF

The decider takes place today between the Osprey and Great Falls Voyagers. We’re on the air at 4:45, with the first pitch slated for 5 p.n. on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

Missoula Osprey (41-35)
14 Pedro Ruiz SS
9 Danny Pulfer DH
18 Jake Lamb 3B
7 Michael Perez C
19 Socrates Brito RF
15 Alex Glenn LF
21 Breland Almadova CF
33 Rudy Flores 1B
38 Andrew Velazquez 2B
48 Yoimer Camacho RHP

Great Falls Voyagers (40-36)
8 Adam Heisler CF
11 Zach Voight SS
3 Micah Johnson 2B
22 Kyle Robinson RF
12 Brent Tanner DH
16 Thomas McCarthy 3B
7 Patrick Palmeiro 1B
17 Angel Rosario C
6 Michael Johnson LF
21 JC Casey RHP

Round 2 of the Dance in Great Falls

The Osprey own a 1-0 lead in the Pioneer Baseball League North Division Playoff series, and will have two chances to close out the Great Falls Voyagers beginning tonight at Centene Stadium.

Sound familiar?

The Osprey were just in this position a couple of days ago, having to win twice at home to earn the final playoff berth in the North, sweeping a two-game series against the Billings Mustangs. Now the shoe’s on the other foot.

However, the numbers say not to worry. The Osprey are 7-1 in Great Falls this season (they were 4-2 at home against Billings entering the final series), and have a seven-game win streak at Centene Stadium. And that streak started with Kyle Robinson and Adam Heisler present for the Voyagers – both, of course, are back after mid-season promotions to Class A Kannapolis.

Anyway, here we go … on the air at 6:45, first pitch at 7:00 on AM 930 KMTP and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. To the lineups …

Missoula (41-35)
14 Pedro Ruiz 2B
19 Socrates Brito RF
18 Jake Lamb 3B
7 Michael Perez C
26 Yosbel Gutierrez DH
15 Alex Glenn LF
21 Breland Almadova CF
33 Rudy Flores 1B
38 Andrew Velazquez SS
29 Karl Triana RHP

Great Falls (40-36)
8 Adam Heisler CF
11 Zach Voight SS
3 Micah Johnson 2B
22 Kyle Robinson RF
12 Brent Tanner DH
16 Thomas McCarthy 3B
7 Patrick Palmeiro 1B
17 Angel Rosario C
6 Michael Johnson LF
30 Brandon Brennan RHP

Welcome to the Dance! Game 1 lineups

OK, here we go!! First, we apologize for not posting lineups before last night’s game, but we’re back at it tonight! Tonight’s notes includes a little bit of Osprey playoff history…

Anyway, we also have the You Make The Call question ready tonight, too … which will be posted in the Osprey Online Box Suite before the second inning.

Pre-game, featuring plenty from last night and an interview with Andy Green, begins at 6:50, with the first pitch officially listed tonight at 7:15 on AM 930 KMPT and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

To the lineups and such …

Missoula (41-35)

1 14 Pedro Ruiz 2B
.313, 2 HR, 19 RBI
2 9 Danny Pulfer DH
.285, 2 HR, 27 RBI
3 18 Jake Lamb 3B
.329, 9 HR, 57 RBI
4 7 Michael Perez C
.293, 10 HR, 60 RBI
5 19 Socrates Brito RF
.312, 4 HR, 39 RBI
6 15 Alex Glenn LF
.300, 6 HR, 17 RBI
7 21 Breland Almadova CF
.306, 1 HR, 28 RBI
8 33 Rudy Flores 1B
.296, 3 HR, 32 RBI
9 38 Andrew Velazquez SS
.220, 0 HR, 4 RBI
P 44 Chris Pack P

Great Falls (40-36)

1 8 Adam Heisler CF
.269, 0 HR, 12 RBI
2 11 Zach Voight SS
.339, 0 HR, 9 RBI
3 3 Micah Johnson 2B
.273, 4 HR, 25 RBI
4 22 Kyle Robinson RF
.326, 2 HR, 44 RBI
5 12 Brent Tanner DH
.280, 4 HR, 42 RBI
6 7 Patrick Palmeiro 1B
.219, 2 HR, 20 RBI
7 10 Tyler Williams 3B
.255, 4 HR, 15 RBI
8 19 Zac Fisher C
.218, 2 HR, 10 RBI
9 6 Michael Johnson LF
.252, 2 HR, 14 RBI
P 25 Chris Beck P
The Skinny:
The Osprey, who won the Pioneer League North Division Second Half crown on the final day of the regular season, open the PBL North Division Playoffs tonight against the Great Falls Voyagers, who won the first half title.

About Last Night:
The Missoula Osprey have used a team approach all season to get in position to play their way into the Pioneer League playoffs. On Thursday here at Ogren Park Allegiance Field, in front of 2,668 witnesses, the Osprey showed that off in an 8-5 win over the Billings Mustangs. Pedro Ruiz had the key hit on offense, fighting off a Sal Romano (5-6) inside pitch for a two-run single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, pushing the Osprey lead to 4-1. It kick-started a three-run fourth inning for Missoula, who added a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth for a 7-1 lead. It was enough for Ross Gerdeman (5-5) to settle in and take control. Gerdeman allowed three runs on seven hits and pitched into the seventh inning to pick up the win on the mound. Neither Chase Stevens nor Vince Spilker had their best stuff, each surrendering a run, but Justin Thompson managed to battle through a two-on jam and earn his eighth save. Alex Glenn had another big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Glenn drove in five runs in the two-game series for Missoula. Danny Pulfer, Jake Lamb and Rudy Flores each delivered two hits and a RBI for Missoula, who had 13 hits on the night.

History Made on Thursday:
There was a handful of Osprey history set on Thursday night:
– The Osprey set a new single-season attendance record, finishing 188 people shy of the 90,000 mark. The crowd of 2,668 on Thursday pushed the season total to 89, 812 for the season.
– For the first time in 14 seasons, the Osprey are in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. It’s also the seventh time the Osprey have won 40 or more games in a season, with six of those campaigns ending with a post-season berth (2000 being the only exception).

On the Mound Tonight:
Missoula will send right-hander Chris Pack to the mound as he looks to get the Osprey postseason run off to a good start. Pack (6-2, 5.42) didn’t get much help in his last start on Sunday, which turned into a 6-4 loss at Billings, allowing five runs – one earned – in four innings on six hits and three walks. Pack was coming off of a home start against Great Falls in which he allowed five hits and two walks while surrendering just two runs in six innings of work, while striking out seven batters. Four of Pack’s six wins have come against the Voyagers (4-1, 4.76).

The Voyagers will go with right-hander Chris Beck, who is looking to bounce back into form after having some struggles down the stretch. Beck (4-3, 4.69) has watched his ERA bump up by a run over his last five outings, but is 2-2 in those outings and in his last start, allowed just a hit and a run in five innings of work against Helena on Sunday, striking out four batters in the process. Beck has had his hands full at times with the Osprey, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in four outings, spanning 10 2/3 innings. The Osprey have hit .380 off of Beck, who has allowed a 2.06 WHIP against Missoula. Beck allowed eight hits and five runs (only two earned) in 2 2/3 innings of work in his last start at Ogren Park Allegiance Field on Aug. 28.

Pitching Probables
Playoff Schedule
PBL North Division Playoff
Great Falls vs. Missoula
Game 2 – Saturday at Great Falls, 7 p.m.
RHP Karl Triana (5-5, 5.64) vs. RHP Brandon Brennan (3-2, 4.34)

Game 3 – Sunday at Great Falls, TBA (if necessary)
RHP Yoimer Camacho (3-4, 4.91) vs. RHP JC Casey (4-7, 3.46)

PBL South Division Playoff
Ogden vs. Grand Junction
(
Ogden Leads, 1-0)
Game 1 – Ogden 4, Grand Junction 3 (11)
Game 2 – Saturday at Ogden
Game 3 – Sunday at Ogden (if necessary)

PBL Championship Series
North vs. South
Game 1 – Sept. 11 at North winner
Game 2 – Sept. 13 at South winner
Game 3 – Sept. 14 at South winner (if necessary)

By The Numbers (2012 Regular Season):

Current Streak:

W4

Extra Innings:

6-4

Team Hitting:

.288

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

24-7

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

23-15

Tied After 5:

11-2

Team Pitching:

4.68

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

6-26

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

12-10

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

17-12

Two-run games:

6-6

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

4-2

Three-run games:

9-1

HR total at home:

23

Score First:

23-10

+3-run games:

14-18

Pitching K total:

683

Score Last:

20-11

Shutout Record:

5-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.97

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

24-5

 

Peanut Inning Success:

17/38

 

PBL North Division Playoff Series Comparison:

Reg. Season

Missoula

Great Falls

Home Record

21-17

21-17

Road Record

20-18

19-19

Hitting

.288

.261

Lg. Rank

3rd

8th

Pitching

4.68

4.11

Lg. Rank

3rd

1st

Home Runs

51

29

HR Allowed

68

30

Team OBP

.361

.351

Team Slug. %

.428

.374

Team OPS

.789

.725

Head to Head

Missoula

Great Falls

Home W-L

5-3

1-7

Road W-L

7-1

3-5

HTH Avg.

.305

.223

HTH ERA

3.22

4.64

HTH OBP

.365

.319

HTH Slugging

.429

.328

HTH OPS

.794

.647

Head-To-Head Team Leaders

Missoula

Great Falls

Hitting

Almadova, .440

Robinson, .350

Home Runs

Gutierrez, 2

3 with 2

RBI

Lamb, 14

2 with  9

Pitching W-L

Pack, 4-1

Isler, 2-0

Pitching ERA

Capper, 0.82

Dvorsky, 1.69

Missoula Osprey Playoff History

Year Opponent Score
1999 @ Helena W 4-2 (11)
Helena Won
@ Billings Won
Billings Won
2001 Billings W 4-3
@ Billings L 2-6
@ Billings L 5-12
2006 Billings W 6-4
@ Billings W 10-2
Idaho Falls W 4-0
@ Idaho Falls W 7-2
2009 Great Falls W 3-2 (11)
@ Great Falls L 2-3
@ Great Falls W 16-7
@ Orem W 7-6
Orem L 0-10
Orem L 10-13
2011 @ Great Falls L 3-8
Great Falls W 11-1
Great Falls L 2-12
2012 Great Falls  
@ Great Falls  
@ Great Falls*  

*- if necessary

Overall Playoff Record:                                 13-7       .625
Home Playoff Record:                                   7-3          .700
Road Playoff Record:                                     6-4          .600
Divisional Round Record:                             8-5          .615
Championship Round Record:                   5-2          .714
Postseason Record vs. Great Falls:          3-3          .500

Lineups for Round 1 of the title bout

OK, so it probably should be a contender bout reference, but you know what we mean … it’s Showdown Night, Part 1. The Osprey take on the Billings Mustangs for the North Division title beginning tonight. Remember, the Osprey need to win BOTH games to take the North Division Second-Half crown, while the Mustangs just need to win ONE of the two games.

We’re going to have a different type of pre-game tonight – we’ll still go through last night’s game, but we will also turn over the second half of the pre-game show to Billings play-by-play man Ryan Schuiling, who will be talking with our own Ben Catley about the match-up of the Fish Hawks and Ponies.

Here’s the lineups and notes for tonight …

Missoula (21-15, 39-35)

1 14 Pedro Ruiz 2B
.311, 2 HR, 17 RBI
2 19 Socrates Brito RF
.317, 4 HR, 34 RBI
3 18 Jake Lamb 3B
.330, 9 HR, 56 RBI
4 7 Michael Perez C
.295, 10 HR, 59 RBI
5 21 Breland Almadova CF
.309, 1 HR, 28 RBI
6 15 Alex Glenn LF
.288, 5 HR, 12 RBI
7 33 Rudy Flores DH
.296, 3 HR, 31 RBI
8 30 Tyler Bream 1B
.273, 3 HR, 26 RBI
9 38 Andrew Velazquez SS
.214, 0 HR, 4 RBI
P 8 Chris Thomas P

Billings (21-15, 42-32)

1 41 Beau Amaral CF
.302, 1 HR, 24 RBI
2 4 Zach Vincej SS
.343, 1 HR, 15 RBI
3 23 Jesse Winker LF
.333, 4 HR, 34 RBI
4 13 Seth Mejias-Brean 3B
.318, 7 HR, 39 RBI
5 16 Robert Maddox DH
.257, 13 HR, 37 RBI
6 35 Carlos Sanchez 1B
.311, 8 HR, 54 RBI
7 26 Daniel Pigott RF
.304, 3 HR, 31 RBI
8 34 Wagner Gomez C
.198, 3 HR, 21 RBI
9 6 Brandon Dailey 2B
.311, 4 HR, 23 RBI
P 29 Drew Cisco P
The Skinny:
The Osprey play host to the Billings Mustangs with the Pioneer Baseball League Second-Half North Division title in the balance. The Osprey must win twice to take the playoff spot, while the Mustangs need to win only one of the two games to take the title.

About Last Night:

Yoimer Camacho and two pitchers combined to scatter seven hits, while the Missoula Osprey managed to get enough offense as they beat the Great Falls Voyagers on Tuesday, 3-1, here at Centene Stadium in front of 970 fans. Once again, the Osprey scored first, pushing a run across in the top of the first inning. Pedro Ruiz singled, moved to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and scored on an Adam McConnell groundout for a 1-0 Osprey lead. The Voyagers would answer that run with one of their own in the bottom of the second off of Osprey starter Yoimer Camacho (3-4), which scored on a McConnell throwing error. However, the Osprey would score in the top of the sixth when Socrates Brito walked and would eventually score on an Alex Glenn RBI triple, giving the Osprey a 2-1 lead. Missoula added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Glenn reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Danny Pulfer RBI single that pushed the Osprey advantage to 3-1. Great Falls would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Patrick Smith would strike out both Michael Johnson and Brent Tanner to finish off the game, and earn his first professional save. The Osprey had eight hits on the night, two of which came from Ruiz. Michael Perez, Yosbel Gutierrez, Tyler Bream and Kevin Dultz also had base hits for Missoula.

Lamb is Pioneer League Player of the Week:

Jake Lamb decided to make the past week one where he could carry the Osprey on his broad shoulders at times, and for that earned the final Pioneer League Offensive Player of the Week honor for the 2012 season. Lamb, who is currently on a 10-game hit streak, fell a double shy of the cycle at Billings on Thursday, added three more hits on Friday, and plated eight runs during the series in Billings this past weekend.

On the Mound Tonight:

Missoula will send right-hander Chris Thomas to the mound as he looks to continue his solid pitching as a starter. Thomas (2-1, 3.25), signed as a free agent following the 2012 MLB Draft, allowed just three hits and an unearned run in his last start, against the Mustangs on Friday. It was the first outing for Thomas against Billings this season. Thomas, who was transferred to the Osprey from Yakima in late July, was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in the month of August, walking just two batters and striking out 21 in 24 innings of work. Opponents hit just .216 off of Thomas in August, and just .230 for the season.

The Mustangs will go with right-hander Drew Cisco, who has been solid against the Osprey overall this season. Cisco (4-1, 3.66) was limited to three innings in his first start of the season against the Osprey on July 2, allowing four hits and a walk, surrendering a run (on a solo home run) and collected two strikeouts. In his other start against the Osprey, on August 30, Cisco allowed just two hits over five innings of work, striking out five batters. However, in both cases, the Mustangs would lose the game. Cisco has been dominant at home this season, posting a 2-0 mark in six starts with a sparkling 1.17 ERA, spanning 23 innings pitched. However, the 6th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 MLB Draft, who is back from an injury last season, is 2-1 with a 5.65 ERA in eight road starts.

Pitching Probables

Thursday, September 6

MIS RHP Ross Gerdeman (4-5, 5.10) vs. BIL RHP Sal Romano (5-5, 4.90)

Playoff Schedule

PBL North Division Playoff

Great Falls vs. TBA

Game 1 – Friday at TBA

Game 2 – Saturday at Great Falls

Game 3 – Sunday at Great Falls (if necessary)

PBL South Division Playoff

Ogden vs. Grand Junction

Game 1 – Friday at Grand Junction, 2 p.m.

Game 2 – Saturday at Ogden

Game 3 – Sunday at Ogden (if necessary)

PBL Championship Series

North vs. South

Game 1 – Sept. 11 at North winner

Game 2 – Sept. 13 at South winner

Game 3 – Sept. 14 at South winner (if necessary)

By The Numbers:

Current Streak:

W2

Extra Innings:

6-4

Team Hitting:

.288

First Half:

18-20

Lead After 5:

23-7

PL Rank:

3rd

Second Half:

21-15

Tied After 5:

11-2

Team Pitching:

4.71

June:

7-6

Trail After 5:

5-26

PL Rank:

3rd

July:

13-15

One-run games:

11-10

Longest Winning Streak:

5 games

August:

17-12

Two-run games:

6-6

Longest Losing Streak

6 games

September:

2-2

Three-run games:

8-1

HR total at home:

22

Score First:

25-11

+3-run games:

14-18

Pitching K total:

664

Score Last:

19-11

Shutout Record:

5-4

Pitching K/9IP Ratio:

8.96

Reaching 11-hit Mark:

24-6

 

Peanut Inning Success:

17/36

D-backs Minor League Report/Osprey Alumni Update:

AZL D-backs Alumni Briefing:

Justin Bianco (2011-12) .274, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 8-11 SB, .746 OPS in 24 games

John Leonard (2012) .182, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 SB, .427 OPS in 14 games

Record: 27-29
Season over

 

DSL D-backs Update: The DSL D-backs were eliminated in the first round of the DSL playoffs, falling in three games to the DSL Angels.
Record: 43-29
Season over

 

SS-A Yakima Alumni Briefing: The Bears will play the decider in their Northwest League East Division Playoff Series tonight, after the Boise Hawks scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to win, 11-5, and even the series at one game apiece. Josh Parr (2011) had two singles and a double, plus scored a run to pace the Bears at the plate. Victor Acosta (2010) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. In the opener, Enrique Burgos (2009,11) pitched the ninth inning and locked down the save in the 5-4 win in Boise.
Record: 36-40
Next: vs. Boise, Game 3 of NW League East Division Playoffs (Series tied, 1-1)
Class A South Bend Alumni Briefing: Matt Helm (2009-10) put together a solid season in 2012, batting .271 while finishing among the league leaders in hits (tied for 3rd, 141), RBIs (5th, 76), games played (3rd, 135), at-bats (4th, 520) and doubles (tied for 2nd, 36). Tom Belza (2011) hit .260 in 2011, was third in the Midwest League in RBIs (80) and second in the league in triples (11). Archie Bradley (2011) led the league in opponent’s batting average (.181) while posting a 12-6 record and 3.84 ERA.
Record: 67-73
Season over
Class A Advanced Visalia Alumni Briefing: Jon Griffin (2011) put together a solid season for the Rawhide before his promotion to Double-A Mobile, hitting .300 and finished in the top five in the California League in home runs (26), RBIs (tied for 5th, 98) and total bases (249) … Anthony Meo (2011) finished 8th in the Cal League in ERA, going 9-8 with a 4.11 ERA, and tied for the league lead in strikeouts (153), three ahead of teammate Andrew Chafin (2011). Chafin was the league leader in opponent’s batting average (.241) while going 6-6 with a 4.93 ERA.
Record: 64-76
Season over
Double-A Mobile Alumni Briefing: Griffin, mentioned above, is hitting .438 in five games with the BayBears, with a double, two home runs and four RBIs … David Nick (2009) hit .249 in his first full season at Double-A, with 23 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 43 RBIs, plus stole 13 of 18 bases … Chris Owings (2009) batted .263 in 69 games after his promotion from Class A Advanced Visalia, with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 28 RBIs, with four stolen bases and only nine errors in 67 field appearances … Eury De La Rosa (2009) led the Southern League in holds (13), while going 4-4 with eight saves and a 2.84 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 63 1/3 innings pitched … Among starters, Chase Anderson (2009) has been solid when healthy, going 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 21 starts, while posting a 1.12 WHIP and striking out 97 batters in 104 innings pitched.
Record: 69-71
Next: vs. Montgomery, Southern Lg. South Division Playoff Game 1 (Thursday)
Triple-A Reno Alumni Briefing: Adam Eaton (2010) was named the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year and MVP, but won’t be with the Aces when they open the playoffs on Thursday. However, Taylor Harbin (2007) will be there, and the infielder put together a solid first season at the Triple-A level. Harbin hit .308 in the regular season, with 43 doubles (second to Eaton in the PCL), three triples, five home runs and 70 RBIs in 127 games, plus stole 18 of 19 bases. Also helping the Aces in the postseason will be pitchers Charles Brewer (2009) (who will start Game 2 of the series) and Bryan Henry (2007), and outfielder Keon Broxton (2009), who was called up to Reno on Tuesday from Class A Advanced Visalia.
Record: 81-63
Next: at Sacramento, PCL Playoff Series Game 1 (Thursday)

Former Osprey with the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Paul Goldschmidt (2009) .287 BA, 18 HR, 68 RBI, .864 OPS Gerardo Parra (2006) .274 BA, 6 HR, 32 RBI, .729 OPS
Miguel Montero (2002-03) .282 BA, 15 HR, 77 RBI, .831 OPS Jake Elmore (2008) .174 BA, 2 2B, RBI, .442 OPS
Adam Eaton (2010) 2-6 in debut on 9/4 at SF Bryan Shaw (2008) 1-5, 2 saves, 4.22 ERA

TEAM: 67-70, 3rd in NL West, 10.5 GB … 7.5 GB in wildcard

 

Lineups from Great Falls – Tuesday (Corrected)

Oh, there’s more a comin’ in separate posts, including an Eaton sighting and just how this whole playoff thing works … but for now, here are the lineups for today’s game between the Missoula Osprey and the Great Falls Voyagers.

(And now, the right ones. Program glitch is fixed.)

And, for the first time in about two weeks – no scoreboard watching necessary. While we will be keeping an eye on things in Helena, it doesn’t mean beans what happens in the playoff scenario. The post on the playoffs will say it all.

Anyway, Pre-game is on the air tonight at 6:40, with first pitch at 7:00 on AM 930 KMTP and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. Here are the lineups …

Missoula (20-15, 38-35)
14 Pedro Ruiz 2B
12 Adam McConnell SS
19 Socrates Brito CF
7 Michael Perez DH
26 Yosbel Gutierrez C
15 Alex Glenn RF
30 Tyler Bream 3B
9 Danny Pulfer LF
50 Kevin Dultz 1B
48 Yoimer Camacho RHP

Great Falls (14-21, 38-35)
8 Adam Heisler CF
3 Micah Johnson 2B
22 Kyle Robinson RF
12 Brent Tanner 1B
16 Thomas McCarthy 3B
10 Tyler Williams DH
11 Zach Voight SS
7 Patrick Palmeiro LF
17 Angel Rosario C
21 JC Casey RHP

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