*It’s not too often five hits in a baseball game produces six runs and a victory at any level.
But that’s how the Osprey (8-6) crept two games above .500 for the second time this season and pulled within a game of first place in the Pioneer League’s North Division standings with a 6-2 victory Sunday at Ogren-Allegiance Park over the league-leading Billings Mustangs.
The O’s didn’t have an extra-base hit as center fielder Socrates Brito and second baseman Danny Pulfer each singled twice to pace a sluggish Missoula offense.
*Osprey third baseman Jake Lamb had an interesting day at the dish. Before hitting a single in his final at-bat in the eighth inning, Lamb had a first-inning sacrifice fly, was hit by a pitch in the third and walked in both the fourth and sixth frames. Officially, Lamb was 1 for 1.
*After allowing a pair of earned runs Sunday, the Osprey pitching staff’s combined ERA dropped to 2.38.
*Should the Osprey win Monday, they’ll not only move into a first-place tie with the Mustangs, but they’ll have also won three games in a row for the first time this season.
*Here’s a little more about the dominance of Osprey left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Barbosa.
The 6-foot-8 hurler hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings pitched this season.
The longest streak of scoreless innings pitched in Osprey franchise history is 28 1-3 innings, a feat accomplished by Osbek Castillo in 2006.