(VOYAGERS MEDIA RELEASE)
GREAT FALLS — The Voyagers used solid pitching and efficient hitting to complete a two-game sweep of Missoula with a 6-1 victory Monday night at Centene Stadium.
With the win, Great Falls (6-2) remained unbeaten at home through four games. The Voyagers are now 2-2 against the Osprey on the season after Missoula swept a two-game series previously. Great Falls jumped in front early with a crooked number in the second. Leading off the inning, Franklin Reyes whacked his first home run of the season deep to right for the game’s first run. Justin Yurchak and Carlos Perez each followed with back-to-back singles. After Max Dutto walked to load the bases, Felix Mercedes was hit by a pitch. Hanleth Otano made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Perez.
Back-to-back doubles by Tate Blackman and Craig Dedelow to begin the fifth gave Great Falls a 4-0 lead. In the sixth, Max Dutto led off the frame with a walk. Felix Mercedes also walked. Hanleth Otano drove in his second run of the game with a groundout. And, Tyler Frost doubled to the wall deep in left for the second run of the inning.
Missoula (3-5) managed to scratch its lone run across in the eighth. Francis Martinez reached base with a one-out walk. He later moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Martinez scored on an Eduardo Diaz single to left.
The Voyagers pitching staff only gave up one earned run on five hits for the night. Brandon Agar picked up his first win in a Great Falls uniform. Agar (1-0) lasted seven innings and gave up just three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. It was the longest start so far for a Voyagers pitcher. Kai-Wei Lin suffered the loss for Missoula. Lin (0-2) worked five innings and yielded four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Great Falls outhit the Osprey 9-to-5. Tyler Frost and Justin Yurchak both collected two hits for the Voyagers. Joey Rose posted a two-hit game for Missoula. Each side committed an error. The Voyagers turned two inning-ending double plays.
Great Falls starts a new two-game road series at Helena Tuesday night. First pitch at Kindrick Legion Field is set for 7:05. After Wednesday night in Helena, the Voyagers return home to face the Brewers for two starting Thursday.