BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (16-19, 34-38-1) opened their four-game series with a 10-2 win over the Helena Brewers (12-23, 27-46) in front of 2,206 at Dehler Park.
Hunter Greene made his third professional pitching outing in the start. After retiring the first two batters he saw, Greene would allow the only two runners of his night aboard. K.J. Harrison would be walked and Gabriel Garcia's single, coupled with an error, brought him in. Both Brewer runs on Wednesday would be unearned. Greene finished his night with three innings of work under his belt, allowing just one hit and striking out four. He would retire the last seven batters he saw.
The Mustangs overcame a 1-0 deficit in the third with four runs on four hits off Harold Chirino (1-6). J.D. Williams hit a two-run homerun, his third of the year, to cap the inning. Williams finished with two runs and two RBI on the night. Andy Sugilio led all hitters with a 3-for-5 game that included two RBI, a run and a steal. It was the 10th game this season Sugilio has had three or more hits in.
Tyler Mondile (4-4) would impress in four innings of shutout relief to earn his fourth win of the season. Mondile gave up just two hits while drawing two double plays and striking out two. It was his third relief appearance of the year.
Billings blew the doors off the game in the seventh with five more runs to extend their lead to nine. Pabel Manzanero was walked with the bases loaded before Jake Turnbull hit a grand slam to knock Cody Martin out of the game. Turnbull was 2-for-4 in the game with his highest RBI count of the year at four.
The Mustangs and Brewers will face off in game two of their four-game series Thursday at Dehler Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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