W: Comito (7-1)
L: Mena (3-3)
S: Elliott (2)
BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (15-17, 38-32) have matched their longest losing streak of the season, dropping their sixth straight game on Friday 4-2 to the Great Falls Voyagers (23-9, 44-26) in front of 2,141 at Dehler Park. The loss also continues Billings' longest home losing streak of the season which has also reached six.
Billings held an early lead, scoring a run in the first. T.J. Friedl led off with a single and scored two batters later on the grounder of Taylor Trammell to first base. Friedl would go 2-for-5 in the game.
Chris Comito (7-1) pitched seven outstanding innings in the start for Great Falls. He allowed just two runs and struck out a season-high nine batters. Billings struck out 14 times in the game, tying their highest total of the season. It was the third consecutive start that Comito has pitched seven innings.
Great Falls immediately tied things in the top of the second and never trailed again in the game. Carlos Perez doubled down the left field line to score Anthony Villa.
The Voyagers took their first lead in the fourth after a lead-off walk for Jameson Fisher. Fisher stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored when Villa grounded out to third. Two of Great Falls' four runs scored in innings that included errors. Six totals errors would be committed in the game, three belonging to each side.
The Mustangs had opportunities in each of their last three innings at the plate to try and overcome the deficit, stranding six men on base over the seventh through ninth innings. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the Mustangs would have their best chance at the comeback. Jake Elliott recorded his fifth strikeout in the two-inning save to end the game and clinch a spot in the postseason for the Voyagers.
With the win, Great Falls has clinched the second half playoff berth in the Pioneer League Northern Division. The Mustangs will travel to Centene Stadium in Great Falls for game one of the divisional series with games two and three being hosted here at Dehler Park immediately following the conclusion of the regular season. Tickets are now on sale by phone at 406-252-1241, online at billingsmustangs.com, or in person at the Mustangs box office.
The Mustangs will now host the Helena Brewers in a three-game series, the final series at Dehler Park during the regular season. First pitch on Saturday is set for 6:05 p.m.
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