Osprey Seek Season-High Fifth Straight Win Tuesday

August 14, 2018 - Pioneer League (PL) - Missoula Osprey News Release

MISSOULA, MONT - The Missoula Osprey (29-25, 10-6) are two games back in the second half North Division standings and seek their fifth consecutive victory Tuesday in Grand Junction (30-25, 10-7) at Suplizio Field. The Osprey closed out a 4-2 victory Monday in the series opener.

Grand Junction plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the second when Daniel Montano drove a solo home run to right off Osprey starter Deyni Olivero (3-3).

The Osprey wasted no time in tying the game in the top of the third as David Sanchez led off with a double against Rockies starter Ryan Rolison. Buddy Kennedy lined a single to left to tie the game 1-1.

It took until the bottom of the fifth for the Rockies to get back on the board as Joey Bartosic led off with a single. Christopher Novarro followed him with a double to put two men in scoring position. Wil Golsan grounded out to score Bartosic and pushed the Rockies back in front 2-1.

Zachery Almond led off the top of the sixth with a single and was followed by an Eddie Hernandez single. Brandon Leyton singled to left to score Almond to tie the game. Cesar Garcia followed with a double to bring home Hernandez and give the Osprey their first lead 3-2 after six.

Olivero tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth for Missoula to keep the lead as the Osprey starter allowed just four hits and two runs. Blake Workman entered out of the bullpen for Missoula and tossed a scoreless seventh before Missoula's offense added an insurance run in the eighth.

To lead off the inning, Zack Shannon singled while Leyton doubled to put to men on with one out. Garcia drove in his second run of the game on a single to give the Osprey their largest lead of the game 4-2. Workman shut down the Rockies in the eighth with a scoreless inning to preserve the 4-2 lead.

Grand Junction threated in the bottom of the ninth after Niko Decolati reached on an error and Montano singled, but Workman struck out Christopher Novarro to end the game and give the Osprey a 4-2 win in the series opener. Will Tribucher (2-2) is tagged with the loss after allowing two runs out of the bullpen.

Set to take the mound Tuesday for Missoula is right-hander Edgar Martinez (3-5). The 20-year-old has logged 43.2 innings in 10 starts, striking out 24 batters. Martinez searches for his first win since June 30 against Billings.

Cayden Hatcher (1-0) receives the start for the Rockies as the right-Hander starts his eighth game of the season. In 13.2 innings, Hatcher has 12 strikeouts and six walks. In his last appearance, the 22-year-old allowed three runs in three innings against Helena.

Missoula and Grand Junction continue the three-game series Tuesday at 6:40 pm from Suplizio Field. The Selway Armory Pregame show begins at 6:30 pm on 102.9 ESPN Missoula and the MiLB First Pitch App.

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