Great Falls, MT-One night after clinching their 10th playoff appearance in the last 11 seasons, the Voyagers wrapped up the regular season with a 14-3 loss to the Missoula Osprey Saturday night at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (34-42, 19-19) finished its season series with Missoula at 6-10, including 4-4 against the Osprey at home. The Voyagers closed the 2017 home slate with a record of 20-18. Missoula (38-38, 19-19) ended its road schedule at 16-22. The two teams tied for first in the second half.
The Osprey delivered the game's first run in the 2nd inning. Dominic Miroglio reached with a one-out double into the right field corner. With two outs, Miroglio scored on a single by Jose Caballero.
Missoula sent 11 men to the plate in the 4th and broke it open with a five-run frame. A one-out hit-by-pitch of Juan Araujo set it in motion. Dominic Miroglio followed with a single to right. Terence Connelly and Jose Cabellero produced back-to-back RBI singles for a 3-0 lead. A fielding error at third allowed Joel Novas to reach and plated another run. Eduardo Diaz doubled home Caballero, and a fielding error at second brought home the final run of the inning for a 6-0 cushion.
Great Falls finally broke through with a three-run 6th to cut the Osprey lead in half. Justin Yurchak led off with a base hit to right. Tate Blackman then clubbed his fifth home run of the season high and deep to left-center for a two-run shot. Franklin Reyes kept the line moving with a single to right. With one out, Carlos Perez smacked a double deep to center that scored Reyes all the way from first.
Missoula batted around in the 7th and plated three more. The Osprey scored once in the eighth and four times in the 9th for the game's final margin. Missoula cranked out 19 hits on the night. Six batters had multi-hit games. Dominic Miroglio went 4-for-6 with one RBI and three runs scored. Jose Caballero had three hits and collected three RBIs with two runs. For Great Falls, Logan Taylor posted three hits. Justin Yurchak and Tracy Hadley each had two hits.
The starters received decisions on the mound. Edgar Martinez made it two straight wins against the Voyagers. Martinez (3-3) worked five-and-a-third and gave up three earned runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Lincoln Henzman took the loss. Henzman (0-3) went three-and-a-third and yielded just one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Wilfry Cruz picked up a three-inning save for his first of the season. Cruz allowed just one hit and struck out four.
Great Falls begins the Pioneer League playoffs with game 1 in the best-of-three Division Series against Missoula at home Sunday. First pitch at Centene Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. Gates open at 5. Playoff tickets are on sale now. For general ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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