Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:53 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Jul 5, 2012 6:55 AM
GREAT FALLS- The Missoula Osprey could not keep up with the Great Falls Voyagers on Wednesday night, falling 9-5.
The Voyagers scored five runs in their final three at-bats to take control of the game in the later innings, and jump into a first-place tie with the Billings Mustangs, who lost to Helena on Wednesday. The Osprey stay one game off the pace despite the setback.
After Great Falls jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Osprey answered with a two-run home run by Yosbel Gutierrez in the top of the second inning for a 2-1 edge.
The Voyagers would answer with a pair of doubles and a two-run home half of the third, and a Tyler Williams solo home run to deep right center field off of Osprey starter Chris Pack to build a 4-2 Great Falls edge.
Missoula responded with a three-run sixth inning off of Vouagers reliever Zach Isler, Jake Lamb singled home one run, then two more scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball to give the Osprey a 5-4 lead.
Great Falls answered with a two-run single from Zac Fisher to push the Voyagers to a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and added a pair of runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth inning to close out the scoring.
The Osprey collected 10 hits on the night, with four batters - Gutierrez, Lamb, Pedro Ruiz and Breland Almadova each collected a pair of safeties, while Evan Marzilli and Justin Bianco also singled for Missoula.
The Osprey and Voyagers will continue their three-game series on Thursday at Centene Stadium, sending left-hander Andrew Barbosa to the mound against right-hander JC Casey.