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Late charge: Ghosts smack two homers in 9th to drop O's

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Late charge: Ghosts smack two homers in 9th to drop O's
Casper's Dustin Garneau is out at second as Missoula second baseman David Narodowski makes a throw to first base to complete a double play for the Osprey in the second inning on Friday at Ogren-Allegiance Park.
Photo by TOM BAUER/Missoulian

No comeback this time.

The rally-prone Missoula Osprey had a chance at another ninth-inning comeback, but it was Casper's night Friday, after the Ghosts rallied from an early 6-3 deficit to win 8-6 in Pioneer League baseball at Ogren-Allegiance Park.

Closer Ryan Robowski entered a tie game and took the loss for Missoula, surrendering two opposite-field homers in the ninth inning to Casper's Angelys Nina and Jared Clark.

The Ghosts' fifth pitcher, Paul Bargas, came on and earned his first save. He gave up a one-out double to Ramon Castillo, but then fanned Paul Goldschmidt and caught David Narodowski's short pop to the mound for the final out.

It was the lone win in a four-game set for Casper, now 3-12. Missoula fell to 10-7 and into a tie with Great Falls for the North Division lead, though it wasn't for lack of opportunity: After their six-run third inning, the Osprey were 0-for-7 with men in scoring position.

"We left the bases loaded in the seventh or eighth, and I wouldn't be surprised if we did it another time," said Goldschmidt, who hit a three-run opposite-field homer to put the Osprey up 5-3. "Their relievers did well, but you always expect to tack on some runs. That's what we've been doing all year."

That's what they did in the third, knocking out seven hits against Casper starter Juan Gonzalez, who had fanned five of the first eight hitters he'd faced.

Adonys Canelo got things started with a double, and Ender Inciarte followed with a triple. Raywily Gomez had an RBI single and Castillo a double ahead of Goldschmidt's third home run.

"We did a good job adjusting to that first guy," said Goldschmidt, who has 14 RBIs in 16 games. "He was throwing hard, and he got us early on - we were swinging at the high (fastball). We had him bring it down and we were able to drill some balls up."

Henry Zabala's double to score Narodowski capped the rally. The inning ended when Zabala became the second Osprey picked off by Gonzalez.

The Ghosts hung in from there, getting a sacrifice fly from Jeff Squier in the fourth and an RBI double from Dustin Garneau in the fifth to close to 6-5 against Missoula starter Anthony Smith.

Garneau scored the tying run in the eighth. He singled to lead off, moved up on Joseph Scott's base hit, took third on a pretty double-play started by the Osprey's Canelo, and scored on Squier's infield hit to third.

The magic Missoula had in the third disappeared, though the Osprey loaded the bases in the fourth and seventh innings.

"It was still early in the game, and you're never really home free," said Narodowski, who had two hits, as did Gomez, Castillo and Inciarte. "The other team's still in the game obviously, and you just have to keep battling through, keep getting runs every inning. We just kind of quit that after that one good, six-run inning."

The loss overshadowed some sparking defense by the Osprey. Canelo, starting in place of David Nick, had two superb plays in the ninth, though they didn't change the outcome.

"He scored a couple runs and had that nice Jeter play up the middle," said Narodowski, the shortstop. "He's played two, three games. You can't expect much more."

Missoula took three of four from Casper, and now gets South Division leader Idaho Falls for three games beginning Saturday.

"Everyone was upset, but we've done a good job of bouncing back, when we're losing or even when we've been behind in games," said Goldschmidt. "That'll help us later on … We haven't been getting down or giving up; we've been coming back all year."

CASPER MISSOULA

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Barnes lf 5 1 1 0 Inciarte lf 5 1 2 1

Nina 2b 5 3 3 1 Gomez 3b 4 0 2 1

Hines cf 5 1 2 2 Stone rf 4 1 0 0

Clark 1b 4 1 1 1 Castillo dh 5 1 2 0

Garneau c 4 1 2 1 Gldshmt 1b 4 1 2 3

Scott ss 3 1 1 0 Nrdwski ss 4 1 2 0

Whitby dh 4 0 2 0 Zabala lf 3 0 1 1

Squier 3b 3 0 1 2 Broxton cf 0 0 0 0

Kandilas rf 4 0 0 0 Aguila c 4 0 0 0

Canelo 2b 3 1 1 0

Totals 37 8 13 7 Totals 36 6 12 6

Casper 003 110 012 - 8

Missoula 006 000 000 - 6

E-Nina, Aguila. DP-Casper 1, Missoula 2. LOB-Casper 6, Missoula 9. 2B-Hines, Garneau, Castillo 2, Canelo. 3B-Inciarte. HR-Hines (4), Nina (1), Clark (1), Goldschmidt (3) SB-Nina, Scott, Barnes. SF-Squier.

IP H R ER BB SO

Casper

Gonzalez 3.0 7 6 6 2 5

Born 1.0 2 0 0 2 0

Gibson 2.0 1 0 0 0 1

Woods W, 1-0 2.0 1 0 0 2 3

Bargas S, 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 2

Missoula

Smith 5.0 7 5 5 3 1

Cantwell 1.0 1 0 0 0 0

Belfiore 2.0 3 1 1 0 0

Robowski L, 0-1 1.0 2 2 2 0 0

WP-Born, Gibson, Woods. Umpires-Jeff Woods, Roger Craig III. T-2:57. A-2,425.

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