It took a little while, but the Osprey offense woke up in a big way during a 6-run 6 th inning to turn a 1-1 tie into a 7-1 win over the Helena Brewers on Wednesday night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The awaken bats help support winning Osprey starting pitcher Deyni Olivero who scattered seven Brewer hits over five innings while only allowing one run. Osprey LF Kristian Robinson hit a towering solo homerun to centerfield and CF Alek Thomas drove home two with a triple to the right center gap to help the Osprey with their big 6th inning. With the win, the Osprey improved to 38-36 on the season and guaranteed they will end the season with a winning record no matter the outcome of Thursday night's season finale.
Both teams struggled to score runs early. Helena got through for one run in the top of the 3rd on a line drive single by Helena RF LG Castillo. Missoula then tied it in the home half of the 4 th. Robinson and 3B Eddie Hernandez opened the inning with singles. After a double play moved Robinson to third, he scored on a wild pitch by Brewers starter Michele Vassalottti to make it 1-1 after 4 innings.
The score remained tied until the Osprey 6th. Robinson started the big inning with a solo homerun, his 3 rd of the season. Hernandez, who ended the night with three hits, then tripled to center. 2B Brandon Leyton then singled Hernandez home to make it 3-1 Missoula. 1B Cesar Garcia then groundout into a fielder's choice, but then stole second before C Nick Dalesandro singled him home for the 3 rd run of the inning. After a pitching change, DH Jorge Barrosa walked and RF David Sanchez singled to score Dalesandro. Thomas then tripled home Barrosa and Sanchez to complete the scoring in the inning with Missoula up 7-1.
Helena added a run in the 9th to make it a 7-2 final. In addition to Hernandez, Thomas also had three hits. It was Thomas' 3 rd straight 3 hit game. In total, the Osprey pounded out 15 hits and played flawless in the field.
The Osprey and Brewers complete their 2018 season on Thursday night in Missoula. It is Fan Appreciation Day with the Osprey. Everyone through the gates will get an Osprey Team Photo and over 120 prizes will be given away throughout the game. Game time is 7:05pm. Tickets are on sale now at the MSO Hub in downtown Missoula or by visiting the Osprey at www.missoulaosprey.com.
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