(Great Falls Voyagers Media Release)
Great Falls, MT – The Voyagers snapped a six-game, season series losing streak to Helena with a 4-3 victory over the Brewers Sunday afternoon at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (23-19, 1-3) is now 4-8 in the season series with the Brewers. The Voyagers home record improved to 16-7. Helena (20-22, 3-1) fell to 9-14 on the road.
The Brewers started the scoring with a 1st inning tally. Yeison Coca singled to right leading off the game. A groundout moved Coca to second and he reached third on a walk of David Fry. Eddie Silva drove in Coca on a fielder’s choice grounder to second.
The Voyagers leveled the game with a run in the bottom of the 5th. Back-to-back doubles into the right field corner from Alex Destino and Gunnar Troutwine tied the game.
Both sides plated runs in the 6th. Helena quickly regained the lead with two in the top half. A two-out rally was started by Eddie Silva’s double into shallow center. LG Castillo drilled a run-scoring triple deep to right-center that broke the tie. Castillo later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.
The Voyagers closed the gap to one in the bottom of the 6th with a fielder’s choice RBI by Alex Destino. Steele Walker scored on the play after reaching base with a one-out hit-by-pitch. Logan Sowers and Amado Nunez delivered line drive singles to right in the frame as well.
Great Falls took the lead for good in the bottom of the 7th after Travis Moniot reached on a one-out bunt single to third. The very next batter, Ramon Beltre, plugged a drive deep up the right field side that left the ballpark for a 4-3 Voyagers lead. It was Beltre’s fourth homer of the season.
The Voyagers outhit Helena 9-to-8. Ramon Beltre finished 2-for-4 and extended his consecutive game on-base streak to 24. Yeison Coca and Luis Avila each posted two hits for the Brewers.
On the mound, Chris Comito picked up the win in relief. Comito (4-4) worked five innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Brandon Presley took the loss in relief. Presley (0-2) pitched just one-third of an inning and allowed two earned runs on two hits. Austin Conway earned his first save of the season with one strikeout in a clean 9th inning.
Great Falls heads out on the road for a brief two-game series at Billings starting Monday night. First pitch at Dehler Park is scheduled for 7:05. For 2018 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.