Missoula, MT-The Voyagers tied a season-high in home runs allowed and lost a road series opener 7-4 to the Missoula Osprey Thursday night at Ogren Park-Allegiance Field.
Great Falls (3-4, 18-26) has lost four straight and fell to 2-8 against Missoula in the season series. The Voyagers are 8-15 on the road. The Osprey (4-3, 24-21) have won two in a row, and improved to 12-13 at home, and 21-16 against the North Division.
Missoula began the game with a bang in the bottom of the first. Axel Andueza reached base with a one-out single lined into left. The base hit extended Andueza's Pioneer League-best hitting streak to 17 games. The next batter, Marty Herum, swatted a two-run home run high and deep to left-center off the scoreboard for a 2-0 lead. It was Herum's first game for the Osprey on a rehab assignment.
Both teams scored runs in the third, but Missoula was able to stretch its lead. Great Falls plated an unearned run after Anderson Comas singled to start the frame. Kelvin Maldonado then reached base on a ground ball error at third that moved Comas to third. Comas scored on a double-play grounder. In the home half, the Osprey scored three times with two outs in the inning. Axel Andueza singled to left with one out. Two batters later, Dominic Canzone pulled a ball deep to right for his fifth home run of the season and a 4-1 cushion. Liover Peguero kept the inning alive with a walk. He scored from first on a double to left by Tristen Carranza and it was 5-1.
A solo, lead-off home run in the bottom of the sixth for Liover Peguero made it 6-1 Missoula. The Voyagers cut the lead to 6-3 with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh. Anderson Comas singled and scored on a Kelvin Maldonado double. Caberea Weaver doubled home Maldonado on a drive deep to the gap in left-center. An unearned run for the Osprey in the bottom of the seventh pushed the lead to 7-3. Great Falls brought in the game's final run in the eighth. Harvin Mendoza walked and later went to third on a Luis Mieses' ground-rule double to deep center. Mendoza scored on a sacrifice line out to center by Sam Abbott.
On the mound, Tyler Poulin picked up the win in his first start against Great Falls. Poulin (3-2) lasted five and gave up an unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Jason Morgan took the loss. Morgan (1-4) went three innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits with one strikeout and two walks. Allan Beer worked two clean innings in relief for the Voyagers with two strikeouts.
Great Falls outhit Missoula 8-to-7, but the Osprey clubbed three home runs. Caberea Weaver collected two hits with one RBI for the Voyagers. Anderson Comas had two singles and scored twice. For the Osprey, Axel Andueza went 2-for-4 with two runs. Liover Peguero scored twice.
Great Falls plays game two of three at Missoula Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. For season tickets and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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