September 7, 2017 - Pioneer League (PL) - Great Falls Voyagers
Missoula, MT - The Voyagers committed three errors on the night and allowed six 1st inning runs before eventually losing to Missoula 11-9 Wednesday night at Ogren Park-Allegiance Field.
Great Falls (32-41, 17-18) is now one game out of first-place with three to play. The Voyagers are 4-9 in the season series with the Osprey, and have lost three straight to Missoula (37-36, 18-17). Great Falls is just 1-6 on the road at Missoula this season.
The Osprey sent 10 men to the plate in the opening frame. Eduardo Diaz reached with a one-out walk. Keshawn Lynch followed with a double that ricocheted off both the pitcher and the shortstop. Andy Yerzy picked up an RBI single. Juan Araujo brought in a run with a grounder that ultimately resulted in a throwing error. Dominic Miroglio was hit by a pitch. A walk of Francis Martinez with the bases loaded made it 3-0. Jose Caballero drove in a run with a ground ball that was booted at short. Joel Novas singled to left for an RBI. And, a Gabriel Maciel RBI groundout finished the scoring in the 1st.
The Voyagers scored a pair of runs in both the 2nd and the 3rd innings. J.J. Muno had a one-out double in the 2nd. Franklin Reyes then singled to left. Nate Nolan produced an RBI single that scored Muno. Reyes came home on an error at short and it was 6-2. In the 3rd, Justin Yurchak led off with a single to right. Muno reached with a hit by pitch. With two outs, Nolan plugged the gap in right-center for a two-run double and a 6-4 score.
Missoula made it 7-4 with a single run in the 4th. Both teams scored a run in the 5th and it was 8-5 Osprey. Great Falls trimmed the lead to one with another two-spot in the top of the 6th. Logan Taylor and Anthony Villa used back-to-back walks to set it up. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. A two-out, two-run single lined into left by Tate Blackman brought it back to 8-7.
The Osprey added single marks in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings for an 11-7 cushion. The Voyagers plated two in their final at-bat for the game's final margin. Tracy Hadley smashed his second home run of the season in the 9th on a ball crushed deep to left. Craig Dedelow doubled after the homer and later scored on a Logan Taylor RBI groundout.
Great Falls outhit Missoula 14-to-9. It marked the fourth time in the last six games the Voyagers outhit the opponent but lost the game. J.J. Muno went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Craig Dedelow, Franklin Reyes, and Nate Nolan all collected two hits. Nolan drove in three. For the Osprey, Keshawn Lynch was 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs. Juan Araujo posted two hits with one RBI and three runs.
On the mound, Brady Muller won his fourth straight outing. Muller (7-7) went five innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Parker Rigler took the loss. Rigler (5-4) lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed six runs (two earned) on two hits with two walks.
Great Falls plays its final three regular-season games against Missoula. The second of two at Missoula is Thursday night. First pitch at Ogren Park is scheduled for 7:05. The final regular season series against the Osprey is in Great Falls Friday and Saturday nights. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.