Late Rallies Push Osprey to Series Split

Seventh and eighth inning bursts lead Osprey past Brewers

By Missoula Osprey | September 6, 2017 10:36 AM

HELENA, MONT. - The Missoula Osprey (17-17, 36-36) rallied for six runs in the final three innings to come-from-behind and beat the Brewers (12-22, 27-45) by a final score of 6-4 at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena on Tuesday night.

In stark contrast to Monday's game in which the two teams combined for 33 runs on 44 hits, including Missoula's franchise-record seven home runs, the Osprey and Brewers traded scoreless frames through the first four innings on Tuesday. Finally in the bottom of the fifth, Helena struck for the first two runs of the night on a double by outfielder Jose Gomez to drop Missoula to a 2-0 deficit.

Outside of Helena's two runs in the fifth, Osprey starter Cesilio Pimentel suffocated the Brewers for six innings in the process of earning his second win of the year. The left-hander turned in his first quality start, surrendering just six hits and one walk, while striking out four.

At the plate, the Missoula finally broke through against Helena's bullpen in the seventh. Ernie De La Trinidad reached to begin the inning when he was hit by a pitch before moving to second on a single by Juan Araujo. The next batter, Gavin Stupienski, roped a double to right field to score De La Trinidad and move Araujo to third. With one out, Francis Martinez added an RBI-single to center field, scoring Araujo and advancing Stupienski to third. Finally with two outs in the inning, Eduardo Diaz poked a bouncing ball into center field for a go-ahead run-scoring single to push the Osprey to a 3-2 lead.

The next inning, the Osprey doubled their run total with three more runs on a two-run double by Stupienski and another run-scoring single by Martinez. Stupienski finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Martinez added the only other multi-hit game for Missoula, driving in a pair of runs. Despite a two-run homer for Helena in the eighth, the Osprey bullpen held on to close out the win and clinch a 3-1 record on the road trip. With their season series against Helena complete, the Osprey finished with a 9-7 record against the Brewers.

The Osprey return to Ogren Park at Allegiance Field on Wednesday for the front end of a brief two-game home stand against the Great Falls Voyagers to conclude the regular-season home schedule. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch, as the first 750 fans in attendance will receive FREE Osprey texting gloves presented by AT&T.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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