(Mustangs media release)
BILLINGS – The Billings Mustangs (17-19, 35-38-1) won their fifth game in six nights in a 8-3 win over the Helena Brewers (12-24, 27-47) in front of 2,480 at Dehler Park on Thursday.
Packy Naughton made his final start of the regular season for the Mustangs, providing four shutout innings in which he would allow two unearned runs and strike out five without a decision. All five runs scored by the Brewers over the last two days have been unearned.
Helena got on the board first with two runs in the second. Jose Gomez and Nicolas Pierre would each single in a run in the inning. Pierre finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
The Mustangs then tied things up on a two-RBI double from Raul Wallace in the third. It would be the first of three hits from Wallace in the game. He went 3-for-5, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. He would hit in four runs and score two of his own in his first three-hit night as a Mustang.
Billings then took the only lead they would need in a five-run, four-hit fifth inning. Wallace added a two-run homer to the inning, his first with the Mustangs, and Pabel Manzanero would single in a run.
Zac Correll (3-0) and Miguel Aguilar combined to throw five innings of relief, allowing a single unearned run and no hits.
With the Missoula Osprey’s loss to the Great Falls Voyagers, the Mustangs need the Osprey to win their final two games of the regular season over Great Falls to give the Mustangs a playoff berth.
The Mustangs and Brewers will face off in game three of their four-game series Friday at Dehler Park. First pitch in the penultimate game of the 2017 regular season is set for 7:05 p.m.