HELENA, MONT. - The Missoula Osprey (16-17, 35-36) hammered a franchise-record seven home runs on Monday night, but fell to the Brewers (12-21, 27-44) by a final score of 20-13 at Kindrick Legion Field in Helena.
In one of the most bizarre games of the season, the Osprey and Brewers combined for 33 runs on 44 base hits, including 17 extra-base hits and 10 total home runs. The Osprey never trailed by less than four runs at any point, despite the tsunami of offensive statistics.
Osprey starting pitcher Franklyn Soriano lasted only two-thirds of an inning before being removed. The lefty surrendered five runs (all earned) on five base hits and one walk, while striking out one. Despite Missoula's late rally, Soriano was saddled with his fifth loss of the season. Coupled with a trio of relievers, the Osprey pitching staff struggled to contain Helena's lineup.
After five innings, the Brewers held a 13-1 lead over the Osprey with the only resistance from Missoula coming on a second-inning solo home run by Juan Araujo. In the sixth, Brandon Leyton added an RBI single to cut the deficit to 12 runs before Helena pushed back for three runs in the bottom half on Jay Feliciano's second home run of the game, accounting for his seventh, eighth, and ninth RBIs of the game. With his nine runs batted in, Feliciano set a new opponent record against the Osprey.
The seventh inning opened a cascade of Osprey home runs that added a bit of intrigue to the game, despite Helena's overwhelming offensive output. William Gorman hammered his third home run of the season in the top of the seventh before Francis Martinez and Ernie De La Trinidad each added two-run homers in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to 20-7 entering the top of the ninth.
In the ninth, Missoula received a 490-foot, two-run homer from Araujo-his second of the game-and a three-run shot from Eddie Hernandez in his Osprey debut. De La Trinidad then rounded the score to its final margin of 20-13 with a solo homer immediately following Hernandez's blast, the seventh Osprey homer of the evening, breaking the previous franchise record of six. The set of back-to-back home runs by Hernandez and De La Trinidad were the first of the year for Missoula.
In the losing effort, the Osprey received four-hit, two-home run games from both Araujo and De La Trinidad. Missoula racked up 18 hits, compared to Helena's 26. The Brewers were paced by Feliciano, who went 5-for-6 with two homers and nine RBIs. Three Brewers players notched four hits or more.
The Osprey return to action on Tuesday night in Helena, as they close their brief two-game set with the Brewers at Kindrick Legion Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with coverage beginning on 102.9 ESPN Missoula at 6:45 p.m.
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