Osprey Grounded in Series Opener

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By Missoula Osprey | July 13, 2017 1:49 AM ET

OGDEN, UTAH - The Osprey pitching staff surrendered a season-high five home runs, as the MissoulaOsprey (11-12) fell to the Ogden Raptors (12-11) by a final score of 11-2 on Monday night at Lindquist Field in Ogden. The loss was Missoula's third in four games and fourth consecutive in Ogden.

The Osprey jumped ahead for a 1-0 lead in the first inning when center fielder Eduardo Diaz triple off the center field wall before scoring on a wild pitch. While Diaz's streak of seven consecutive games with an RBI came to an end, he did extend his hitting streak to eight games overall.

Missoula failed to score another run until the fourth inning when Joey Rose walked to begin the sequence and Andy Yerzy singled off the right-center field wall to score him. With the single, Yerzy continued his recent resurgence, holding his betting average steady at .242 and picking up his 16th RBI of the campaign.

Outside of an eighth-inning single by Gabriel Maciel to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the additional highlights at the plate were few for Missoula. In total, the Osprey logged only two runs on six hits, striking out eight times, and going without a single player recording multiple hits.

On the mound, right-hander Kai-Wei Lin took his fourth loss of the season without a victory yet, pitching 3.1 innings and surrendering a season-high seven runs (all earned) on eight hits and three walks, striking out two, but allowing a pair of home runs. Three bullpen arms combined to allow three more homers, and the Osprey fell below the .500 mark for the first time since July 5.

The Osprey return to action on Thursday night in the second part of their three-game series in Ogden and fifth of 10 consecutive games on the road. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m. with the Mission Paint Pregame Show set to air at 6:45 p.m. on 102.9 ESPN Missoula.

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

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