GREAT FALLS, MONT. - Despite leading for much of the evening, the Missoula Osprey (7-9) failed to generate enough scoring to withstand a late surge from the Great Falls Voyagers (7-9), as they scuffled to a 7-3 loss at Centene Stadium on Tuesday night.
Missoula pushed across the first run of the night after racing out of the gates in the top of the first inning. Outfielder Gabriel Maciel doubled to lead off the ballgame, coming across to score two batters later on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Luis Lara. Four innings later, the Osprey added a second run on a pop fly single by outfielder Eduardo Diaz, dropping in shallow center field to score Francis Martinez.
Through the first four innings, Osprey starting pitcher Luis Madero effectively stranded base runners to string together a quartet of scoreless frames. With a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, however, Madero's evening was derailed when Great Falls notched back-to-back singles from Nick Nolan and Ricardo Mota to begin the inning. An infield single and a fielder's choice combined to plate a pair of runs for the Voyagers, tying the game.
Madero trotted out for the sixth, but was promptly chased from the game after Great Falls logged a flurry of base hits, amounting to three runs, pushing the Osprey deficit to 5-2. For the first time in 2017, Madero was saddled with a loss. He lasted five and one-third innings, surrendering five runs (all earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out a pair.
The Osprey fought back for one final run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Brandon Leyton, but failed to offer further resistance. Great Falls added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to widen their lead to five runs, settling the score at its final mark of 7-3.
The Osprey return to action on Wednesday night when they wrap up their brief road trip with the second of two games against the Great Falls Voyagers at Centene Stadium. First pitch on Wednesday is slated for 7:00 p.m. with the Mission Paint Pregame Show commencing at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN 102.9 and the MiLB First Pitch App.
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