(Mustangs media release)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Billings Mustangs (8-13, 26-32-1) lost their fourth straight game, 4-3 to the Great Falls Voyagers (12-9, 27-32) at Centene Stadium on Wednesday. No attendance was announced.
Billings plated a run in the first to take an early lead. Satchel McElroy singled off Brandon Agar to start the game. He advanced later in the inning on a fielding error by third baseman Amado Nunez and scored on a wild pitch. It was the first of two leads Billings would hold in the game.
The Voyagers immediately overcame the deficit on a two-run homerun from Anthony Villa in the bottom of the first. Villa went 2-for-3 with two homeruns. He leads the Pioneer League with 15 homers on the year.
That’s how the score would stay until the seventh inning as pitching took over. Packy Naughton, Miguel Aguilar and Cory Thompson (2-1) would comebine to not allow another run for six more innings.
Trailing 2-1 into the seventh, the Mustangs took back the lead with two runs on two hits off a tired Agar. Morgan Lofstrom and Miles Gordon each had their second hit of the game in the frame to make it a 3-2 Mustangs advantage. Gordon doubled for the second straight night to move his mark to a team-best 13 doubles on the year. Agar matched his season-high with seven innings of work on Wednesday, giving up three runs on six hits. He would not receive a decision.
Villa responded quickly by hitting his second homerun of the night for Great Falls in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 3-3. It was the second time in the game the Voyagers responded immediately to a one-run deficit.
Great Falls then took their final lead in the bottom of the eighth on Jacob Cooper’s solo homer to right. It was his first homerun in a month and his second hit of the day.
The Mustangs were retired in order in the ninth to end the game. They have now lost four consecutive games for the first time this season and must avoid the series sweep Thursday against the Voyagers.
First pitch in the series finale on Thursday is set for 7:00 p.m. at Centene Stadium.