Alex Blandino heard the words every minor league player hopes to hear: “Pack your bags, son. You’ve been called up.”
The Mustangs got three-run home runs from two of Cincinnati’s best rookie prospects. Then they said goodbye to maybe its best.
Dane Stone’s command made him one of the Pioneer League’s strongest pitchers in the first half of the season, and he carried that dominance into the second half as Great Falls shut out the Mustangs at Dehler Park.
The Cincinnati Reds have assigned former first-round draft picks to the Billings Mustangs in recent years.
The Mustangs’ charter rolled into Dehler Park sometime around 7:30 Wednesday morning, ending the eight-day, seven-game road trip that took them through Idaho Falls and Ogden.
OGDEN, Utah -- Leadoff hitter Cory Thompson triggered a 16-hit assault with four hits and the Billings Mustangs finished their road trip with a 12-3 victory over Ogden at Lindquist Field.
Mustangs shortstop Alex Blandino was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as a supplemental first-round pick in the June draft. Picked 29th overall, Blandino is the latest in a line of Reds first-round draft picks that have made their way to Billings recently. Here are some of the most recent:
OGDEN, Utah – Ogden overcame an early four-run deficit and the Raptors held off a furious comeback attempt from the Billings Mustangs for an 11-10 Pioneer League win on Saturday night.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Ryan O’Hearn and Wander Franco each hit seventh-inning home runs and Idaho Falls beat the Mustangs 10-2 on Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.
Tyler Mahle fired a complete-game three-hitter and Billings Mustangs batters smoked 15 hits in a 12-0 victory over the Ogden Raptors Sunday at Dehler Park.
HELENA -- The Billings Mustangs held on Saturday night to beat Helena 6-5 and forge a split in a doubleheader with the Brewers at Kindrick Legion Field.
MISSOULA -- Third baseman Tyler Humphreys drove in four runs -- including the go-ahead runs during the sixth inning -- in leading Missoula past error-prone Billings 6-3 on Friday night in Pioneer League baseball.
MISSOULA – Alex Blandino hit a tie-breaking double in the top of the ninth and the Billings Mustangs tacked on four more runs to defeat the Missoula Osprey 7-2 in the Pioneer League on Wednesday night at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field.
The Mustangs were one out from finishing their first error-free game in six nights when shortstop Alex Blandino misfired to first on a routine grounder in the ninth.
Corey Thompson played 56 professional baseball games before he made his first start at second base Thursday night. It was a bit of an adventure.
Pitchers have been doctoring baseballs to gain an advantage over hitters for well over 100 years. Some get caught, most don’t.