Osprey-Brewers

Fans watch the Brewers play the Missoula Osprey Monday night as smoke fills the sky from a fire in the Scratch Gravel Mountains.

Dylan Brown/Independent Record

HELENA – What began as a nine-inning Pioneer League baseball pitchers’ duel ended in the wildest fashion as the Missoula Osprey scored a 2-1 victory in 10 innings over the Helena Brewers on Monday evening at Kindrick Legion Field.

After Osprey left fielder Ty Linton broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 10th with a two-run homer, Missoula and relief pitcher Dexter Fowler appeared to have squandered the lead in the bottom of the frame.

With the O’s one out away from a shutout victory and Yonki Hernandez on second, Helena right fielder Raul Mondesi Jr. hit a blast over the wall in left field that should have tied it.

But following an appeal, Mondesi was ruled not to have touched home plate after seemingly hitting a game-tying home run and was called out for the game’s final out. Mondesi was credited with an RBI triple and Price (1-0) earned the win.

Linton’s homer was his third of the season and second in as many games after going deep Sunday to give the Osprey (4-4) the lead for good in a home victory over the Great Falls Voyagers.

It was Missoula’s third and final hit of the game after Osprey shortstop and leadoff hitter Pedro Ruiz went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles to boost his batting average to .345.

Missoula starting pitcher Andrew Barbosa turned in his second high-quality start in as many outings this season. He went six innings and allowed one hit – a single to start the bottom of the fifth by Brewers catcher Emmanuel Quiles.

Michael Rivera followed Barbosa with two innings of one-hit ball before giving way to Price, who was tagged for three hits in two frames with a walk and a strikeout.

Hernandez paced a five-hit attack for Helena (2-6) by going 2 for 4.

Brewers starting pitcher Eric Semmelhack was nearly as dominant as Barbosa. In seven innings of work, he allowed two hits and fanned five without issuing a walk.

Manuel Ruiz (0-1) took the loss in 2 1-3 innings of relief for Helena. The lone hit he allowed was Linton’s homer, but Ruiz hit three Osprey batters. That included plunking Danny Pulfer, who followed Linton after his long ball, prompting a brief altercation that warranted no ejections.

The O’s and Brewers wrap up a two-game series in Helena on Tuesday before playing the first three of a Missoula seven-game homestand at Ogren-Allegiance Park starting Wednesday.

Missoula Helena

ab r h bi ab r h bi

P. Ruiz ss 5 0 2 0 Mondesi rf 5 0 1 1

Brito cf 4 0 0 0 McFrlnd dh 4 0 1 0

Lamb 3b 3 0 0 0 Reed cf 3 0 0 0

Almadova rf 4 0 0 0 Garza 3b 3 0 0 0

Perez c 4 0 0 0 Quiles c 4 0 1 0

Flores 1b 3 1 0 0 Gcalne 1b 3 0 0 0

Linton lf 4 1 1 2 Hrnandz lf 4 1 2 0

Pulfer 2b 3 0 0 0 Berard ss 4 0 0 0

Dultz dh 2 0 0 0 Wlliams 2b 1 0 0 0

Bream dh 2 0 0 0 Nemeth ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 2 3 2 Totals 32 1 5 1

E – Williams. LOB – Missoula 5, Helena 6. 3B – Mondesi. HR – Linton (3). S – Giacalone, Reed. SB – Williams 2, Hernandez 2.

Missoula 000 000 000 2 – 2

Helena 000 000 000 1 – 1

IP H R ER BB SO

Missoula

Barbosa 6.0 1 0 0 1 5

Rivera 2.0 1 0 0 1 4

Price W, 1-0 2.0 3 1 1 1 1

Helena

Senmmelhack 7.0 2 0 0 0 5

M. Ruiz L, 0-1 2.1 1 2 2 0 5

White 0.2 0 0 0 0 0

WP – Semmelhack, M. Ruiz. HBP – Lamb (by M. Ruiz), Flores (by M. Ruiz), Pulfer (by M. Ruiz). Umpires – HP: Blake Mickelson. 1B: Jason Starkovich. T – 2:33. A – 711.

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