Continuing an eight-game road trip, the Missoula Osprey (28-24, 8-6) began a four-game road series to the Ogden Raptors (40-12, 9-5), falling 4-3, in the 11th inning at Lindquist Field Monday night. The Osprey loss made it their third in a row, moving then to second in the North.
Missoula's Josh McMinn threw five innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out six. Jared Liebelt was given the blown save, allowing a run to score in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game.
Mitchell Stumpo tossed two innings, forcing the game into the 9th and 10th. Landon Whitson gave up the two runs, one earned, allowing the Raptors to walk it off in the home half of the 11th frame.
Snapping a tied game, the Osprey scored a run on two fielding errors in the 11th on Raptors' third-baseman Jimmy Titus. Whitson, needing one more out to force the 12th, allowed Sauryn Lao to double to deep center, scoring the game winning run.
Missoula batters struck out a combined 16 times at the plate, seven on Raptors' starter Jeronimo Castro. The O's finished 0-8 with runners in scoring position, despite holding the lead in the 11th.
Osprey catcher Axel Andueza led the offensive campaign, finishing 2-5 with a double and an RBI. Andueza has now reached base in the last 21 games, recording at least a hit in 20 of them.
The four-game series continues Tuesday night, first pitch against the Raptors and Osprey scheduled for 7 pm at Lindquist Field.
Missoula returns to Ogren Park at Allegiance Field on Friday, August 16, against the Great Falls Voyagers for Jacks Pub Happy Hour, with $2 Mystery Beer on tap, and $3 micro brews from 4-7.
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