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

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