(Mustangs media release)
BILLINGS – The Billings Mustangs (4-4, 22-23-1) avoided a series sweep by topping the Idaho Falls Chukars (4-5, 21-26) 14-9 in front of 3,173 at Dehler Park on Wednesday. The win would cap a 10-game homestand dating back to before the All-Star break.
The first inning would provide plenty of fireworks on both sides as 10 total runs were scored. Idaho Falls started the game by popping five runs on the board in the top of the first. Jhon De Jesus would have to leave the game after facing just eight batters. He would give up five runs on three hits and record just one out.
Trailing 5-0, the Mustangs immediately recovered those runs in the bottom of the first off Idaho Falls starter Dillon Drabble (0-2). After Jeter Downs would fly out to start the inning, seven consecutive Mustangs batters would reach as 10 total came to the plate. Mark Kolozsvary started the scoring with a line drive single to center with the bases loaded. Kolozsvary would finish 3-for-4 with three runs.
Idaho Falls was able to take the lead back in the fourth after consecutive singles and a steal would allow Matt Morales to score on a grounder to the right side. Trailing 6-5 the Mustangs would then post nine consecutive runs over the next three innings.
In the fifth and sixth alone Montrell Marshall would hit five runs in on a two-RBI single and a bases-clearing double, respectively. Marshall’s six total RBI in the game were a career-high. He would finish 2-for-5 in the game.
After a rocky start, Mustangs relief allowed the lead to expand to as many as eight. Connor Bennett and Zac Correll (2-0) combined for six and two-thirds innings, allowing just one run and striking out seven. Bennett tied his season-high with five strikeouts in his longest outing of the year. Cory Thompson then threw a scoreless ninth allowing just one walk and recording a strikeout to end the game.
Of the 13 Billings hits in the game only two would be for extra-bases as they would extend their streak to six games without a homerun, the longest drought of the season. The win would be the largest comeback for a victory this season for Billings, having never overcome more than a three-run deficit previously.
The Mustangs will have their final off-day on Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Ogden against the Raptors on Friday. First pitch from Lindquist Field is set for 7:00 p.m.