The boys of summer have been at it for some time already. Major League teams have played a quarter of the season. So have many of the minor leagues. And a couple pitchers from western Montana continue to progress through the ranks.
Andrew Sopko has worked his way up to Class AA. The former Missoula Maverick has spent the whole season with the Tulsa Drillers. The Dodgers picked Sopko in the seventh round out of Gonzaga two summers ago. Through nearly 200 innings with four teams the 6-foot-2 righty has a 3.37 career ERA.
So far he hasn’t picked up a win for the Drillers at 0-3 through six starts with a 3.54 ERA, but Sopko pitched five scoreless innings and only gave up two hits in his last outing on Saturday.
Former Kalispell Laker and Washington State Cougar Joe Pistorese has bounced around through five teams in a couple years. The Mariners picked him in the 17th round in 2015. He now plays for the Class A Modesto Nuts in California.
The lefty reliever has an ERA of 2.19 as a pro and 3.06 this year. He has also struck out well over a batter per inning. but Pistorese is currently on the disabled list. He told us he had some elbow inflammation, so the team decided to sit him for a while, but he does not fear the injury is serious. He last pitched on May 12, and expects to be back soon.