Voyager Pitching Carries the Night
Great Falls, MT - The Voyagers yielded a season-low two base hits and snapped a three-game losing streak with a series-opening 7-0 victory over Billings Saturday night at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (33-37, 11-21) has taken a 6-5 lead in the season series with the Mustangs. The Voyagers improved to 21-14 at home this season, and it was their fourth shutout win. Billings (36-35, 21-12) dropped to 16-20 on the road. It ended a two-game winning streak for the Mustangs. With a Helena win over Missoula Saturday, first-place Billings is now three games up on the Brewers with five to play.
The Voyagers scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first. Travis Moniot led off with a line drive single to right. Lenyn Sosa drove in Moniot with a triple parked high and deep into the right field corner. With one out, Amado Nunez made it 2-0 with an RBI double into the right field corner as well.
Great Falls batted around in the fifth and broke it wide open with a five-run frame. Ryan Fitzpatrick led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. Gunnar Troutwine grounded a ball to second that resulted in a throwing error to first. Both runners ended up at second and third. Camilo Quinteiro drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right-center that scored Fitzpatrick tagging from third. Travis Moniot brought Troutwine home with a base hit to left-center. After Lenyn Sosa singled up the middle, Logan Sowers smashed a two-run double up the left field side to the wall. Amado Nunez extended the lead to 7-0 with an RBI triple high in the air to right-center.
The Voyagers held Billings to a season-low two base hits. Making his Pioneer League debut, Carter Love earned the win in relief. Love (1-0) worked four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit with two strikeouts. James Marinan took the loss. Marinan (3-2) lasted four-and-a-third in his start and surrendered a season-high seven runs (six earned) on six hits with six strikeouts.
Great Falls finished 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Amado Nunez went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBIs. Travis Moniot and Lenyn Sosa bagged two hits apiece with two runs scored. Logan Sowers drove in two and scored a run.
Great Falls squares off with Billings in the middle game of the series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4 o'clock. Gates open at 3 p.m. For 2018 playoff tickets and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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