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Raptors Score Big Late to Avoid Sweep, Beat Mustangs 15-11

August 12, 2018 - Pioneer League (PL) - Billings Mustangs News Release

BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (12-3, 27-26) squandered a late six-run lead in a 15-11 loss to the Ogden Raptors (9-7, 35-19) in front of 1,753 at Dehler Park on Sunday.

The Mustangs would jump out to an early lead with six runs over the first four innings. Zeek White tripled in his first at-bat of the game and scored on a grounder in the next at-bat. It was the first of four runs scored Sunday by White.

The lead expanded with four runs in the third on five hits, including a two-RBI single from Drew Mount and a two-RBI double from Mariel Bautista. Bautista has now matched Mount's previous 11-game hitting streak for the longest of the season.

Mustangs starter Ricky Salinas was nearly untouchable over his first four innings on the hill. In that time, Salinas allowed just one hit; a dribbler up the third base line for an infield single from Matt Cogen. Salinas ended up going five innings, striking out five and leaving in position for the win.

Leading 6-0 into the fifth inning, the Mustangs would surrender their first three runs of the night on four hits. Niko Hulsizer hit a solo home run to spark four consecutive two-out hits which were finished off by Jeremy Arocho's two-RBI single.

Billings got their lead back to six with three runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Pabel Manzanero singled in Mount in the fifth before Mount doubled in two in the sixth. Drew Mount went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored, and a season-high five RBI on Sunday.

Leading 9-3, the Mustangs were six outs from the win going into the top of the eighth inning. The Raptors then mounted the largest comeback the Mustangs have seen this year with 12 runs over the final two innings, including nine runs in the eighth. 13 batters came to the plate in the largest offensive inning for an opponent this season. Both Cogen and Daniel Robinson had two-RBI triples in the inning to lead the seven-hit charge.

The lead expanded with three more runs in the ninth after two doubles, a walk and a hit batter. The six-run blown lead was the largest lead to lose in a loss for Billings this season. It brings to an end their five-game winning streak and denied them the four-game sweep of the Raptors.

The Mustangs now begin a three-game series at home against the Idaho Falls Chukars. First pitch on Monday at Dehler Park is set for 7:05 p.m.

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