Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:08 am Post subject: Missoula Osprey
Our only team in the playoffs won the first game last night, 3-2 in 11 innings. Mike Belfiore pitched 6 shutout innings (7 ks, 1 bb, 4 hits). Chris Owings led off the 11th with a double, and scored on a Bobby Borchering single.
Our draft really is looking pretty amazing so far. David Nick, Owings, Belfiore, Goldschmidt, and Scott Allen (an 18 year old 11th round pick with a 94 mph fastball and a 0.52 ERA) all had great years. Bobby Borchering and Keon Broxton had good years, especially considering their ages. Charles Brewer (14 rounder, went to Chaparral) who was all arm and no control at UCLA started throwing a ton of strikes as the summer went on, a 41/9 k/bb ratio over his last 40 innings. A few guys already in the system (Digoenes Rosario, Bobby Stone, and especially Kevin Eichorn) really stepped up.
We have the fourth best record in the Pioneer league. Of the three teams with better records, they had 1 , 6 and 7 players who are 20 or younger, respectively. Of the four teams with worse records, they have 6, 11, 11 and 12 players who are 20 or younger. We have 23 players 20 or younger.
I know early returns in a baseball draft are very unreliable, but at least by their numbers and ages, we have a far brighter future than we did six months ago.
Pioneer League playoffs: Osprey roll to division crown
By NICK LOCKRIDGE of the Missoulian
Osprey win series 2-1
GREAT FALLS - The Missoula Osprey are back, back, back.
Missoula's minor league baseball team exploded for a season-high 20 hits, including 10 for extra bases, as it pounded the Great Falls Voyagers 16-7 on Monday in Game 3 of the Pioneer League's North Division playoff series at Centene Stadium. The Osprey won the best-of-three series to advance to their third championship series in club history.
The Osprey trailed 5-0 after the first inning and 7-2 in the fourth before turning it on in the fifth. A seven-hit, seven-run sixth inning gave Missoula a 13-7 lead that proved to be too much for the Voyagers, who barely edged the Osprey to win both the first- and second-half titles during the regular season.
The Osprey (42-37) meet the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League Championship Series, which begins Wednesday in Utah. Missoula last played for the league title in 2006, when it swept Idaho Falls to win its second Pioneer League crown. The O's were a wild-card entrant that season as well.
"Playoff games are usually close," said Missoula's All-Star second baseman David Nick. "We just started chipping away at them, then we just broke out and once you get going, you get hot. We just tried to keep that going."
The Osprey's 20 hits are two shy of the club record. Missoula had 22 hits in a single game twice (against Casper in 2004 and against Butte in 1999). The O's previous season high for hits was 16, which happened twice.
Nick and shortstop Chris Owings both went 4-for-6 at the plate to lead the Missoula hit parade. League home run leader Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-6 with four RBIs, while David Narodowski had a two-run home run to cap the big sixth inning. Bobby Borchering added a two-run bomb in the fourth to first get the O's on the scoreboard. Missoula scored four more runs in the fifth to make it a one-run game at 7-6.
"It was a heck of a feeling to see Goldschmidt, our team captain, in the dugout yelling at the younger guys in the fifth inning, saying 'We never give up, we're never going to give up today,' " said Vicente. "There's nothing better than to see these guys moving forward."
"This was an amazing win," Goldschmidt said. "Our pitchers were lights out and it felt like everyone had at least one hit. A team win like this ... hopefully we can keep it going."
Scott Allen pitched 3 1-3 innings to get his first victory of the postseason and second of the year. Allen bailed out fellow reliever Keith Cantwell from a first-and-third situation in the fifth with a ground out to Nick. Allen retired the next seven batters in a row. He finished with three strikeouts and got an inning-ending double play - one of three on the night for Missoula - in the eighth after allowing the only base hit of his outing. Closer Ryan Robowski pitched a scoreless ninth.
"(Allen) pitched awesome," Nick said. "He shut the door on these guys."
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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:56 am Post subject:
"It was a heck of a feeling to see Goldschmidt, our team captain, in the dugout yelling at the younger guys in the fifth inning, saying 'We never give up, we're never going to give up today,' " said Vicente.
The Dbacks could use some of that spirit. _________________ Thank you, God, for Gibby.
I heard this game at my lunchtime. Pretty exciting game. When Bobby hit homer, commentator was esctatic. Very funny. _________________ hope is good thing, maybe the best of things.
And no good thing ever dies.
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