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:


Extra Innings:


Team Hitting:


First Half:


Lead After 5:


PL Rank:


Second Half:


Tied After 5:


Team Pitching:




Trail After 5:


PL Rank:




One-run games:


Longest Winning Streak:

5 games



Two-run games:


Longest Losing Streak

6 games



Three-run games:


HR total at home:


Score First:


+3-run games:


Pitching K total:


Score Last:


Shutout Record:


Pitching K/9IP Ratio:


Reaching 11-hit Mark:



Peanut Inning Success:


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



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