(Story from Missoula Osprey)

MISSOULA — Despite notching nine hits, the Missoula Osprey (5-8) left nine men on base and managed only one run in an 11-1 defeat to the Helena Brewers (7-6), sinking them to their first loss since Wednesday.

The first four innings of Saturday night’s ball game offered the appearance of a competitive game, as the Osprey and Brewers entered the fifth scoreless. Osprey starting pitcher Kai-Wei Lin toed the rubber for the fifth inning having worked four scoreless frames despite escaping danger in the second. On his first pitch of the fifth, Lin’s string of scoreless innings came to an end when Brewers right fielder Jose Gomez lofted his first home run of the season to left field. The homer was the first of two for Gomez, as he added a grand slam in the seventh to round out the scoring.

Following Gomez’s fifth-inning homer, Helena added four more runs in the frame on a two-run single by third baseman Dallas Carroll and a two-run homer by Gabriel Garcia.

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In the bottom half of the fifth, the Osprey offered their only resistance of the night, plating a run on a one-out RBI groundout by catcher Andy Yerzy. Following Yerzy’s run-scoring grounder, Helena plated six unanswered runs to finish the game, pushing the score to its final number of 11-1.

At the plate for Missoula, first baseman Francis Martinez logged a three-hit night for his first multi-hit game of the season. Keshawn Lynch and Luis Lara each went 2-for-4. Yeison Santana logged two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to finish the game.