Billings, MT-The Voyagers matched a season-high with five errors and opened the second-half of the Pioneer League season with a 6-5 loss to the Mustangs Sunday afternoon at Dehler Park.
Great Falls (15-24, 0-1) finished its longest road trip of the season with a 5-5 record after taking the series 2-to-1. The Voyagers fell to 4-5 against the Mustangs this season. With the win, Billings (19-19, 1-0) improved to 10-9 at home.
The Voyagers took an early lead with a single run in the 1st. Logan Taylor led off the inning with an infield base hit to short. Tyler Frost reached with a hit-by-pitch. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third. A fielder's choice from Jacob Cooper scored Taylor. Billings promptly tied it in the bottom of the 1st. Zeke White singled and later stole second. On the play, White reached third on a catcher's throwing error. After a walk of J.D. Williams, an errant pick-off throw to first allowed White to score.
The Mustangs took the lead in the 2nd with another unearned run. An error at second base put Morgan Lofstrom on to start the inning. With two outs, Urwin Juaquin grounded a ball through the legs of the third baseman and Lofstrom scored. Billings took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd. Andy Sugilio singled on the infield. Pabel Manzanero singled to left. Alejo Lopez then scored Sugilio with a fielder's choice.
Both teams plated runs in the 4th. For Great Falls, David Cronin lined a single to right and scored on a Tracy Hadley double off the wall in right-center. In the home half, Nadir Ljatifi reached with a one-out double up the left side. Two batters later, Zeke White gave Billings a 4-2 lead with a single to left.
The Voyagers took the lead back in the 5th. With one out, Jacob Cooper singled to center. Nolan Brown followed with a walk. A two-out walk of David Cronin loaded the bases. Tracy Hadley gave Great Falls a 5-4 advantage with a bases-clearing double pulled up the left field line.
One swing changed it all for the Mustangs in the 8th. Alejo Lopez led off with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt, Jake Turnbull clubbed a two-run home run deep to right-center for a one-run Billings lead. It was Turnbull's first big fly of the season. The Voyagers went quietly in the 9th.
On the mound, Gregory Reinoso posted his first win in relief for Billings. Reinoso (1-0) worked one-and-a-third and gave up just one hit with one strikeout. Joe Mockbee suffered the loss for Great Falls. Mockbee (0-1) pitched one inning and allowed two earned runs on one hit (HR) with two walks. Connor Ryan earned his fourth save of the season with one strikeout.
The Voyagers outhit the Mustangs 12-to-9 but left 12 men on base. Great Falls went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Logan Taylor and Jacob Cooper each had three hits in defeat. David Cronin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Tracy Hadley had two doubles with four RBIs. Zeke White and Pabel Manzanero both collected two hits for Billings. Urwin Juaquin finished 2-for-3.
Great Falls has three days off for the all-star break. The Voyagers next home stand begins August 3rd with four against Idaho Falls and a three-game series with Ogden. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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