Rain wiped out Saturday night's Pioneer League game between the Billings Mustangs and the Missoula Osprey, giving the teams a day's breather as they prepare for a last-ditch chase for the North division's final playoff spot.
The Mustangs’ Tyler Mahle and Missoula’s Gabriel Moya engaged in a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel Friday night. It just wasn’t against each other.
The Mustangs are the quintessential .500 team. Before Wednesday’s 8-1 victory over Missoula at Dehler Park, their record was 30-30 overall -- 15-15 at home, 15-15 on the road.
The prospect was there for the Billings Mustangs to finish off a great homestand Sunday afternoon.
Billings Mustangs manager Dick Schofield stood outside his team’s Dehler Park clubhouse, extending congratulatory greetings to his players one by one as they arrived.
It seems Wyatt Strahan hardly broke a sweat in his 10th start of the season.
Brian O’Grady wasn’t about to miss his opportunity.
Home is where Luke Moran’s best outings have been. Now, after his fourth Dehler Park start, the Mustangs right-hander finally has a win to show for it.
What a relief. Mustangs right-hander Jeremy Kivel returned the mound coming out of the bullpen Monday night, marking his first appearance in the 15 days since he was shelved with a bone spur in his right elbow.
Alex Blandino heard the words every minor league player hopes to hear: “Pack your bags, son. You’ve been called up.”
The 10/10 Club -- reaching double digits in home runs and stolen bases -- isn’t an exclusive one in the Pioneer League. Still, it’s rarified air.
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.
Call it new life, renewed hope or a reboot. By any name, the Pioneer League’s split-season format means a second chance for 75 percent of the teams.
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.
Just 24 hours after he’d spun the best pitching performance of his professional career, the Mustangs’ Tyler Mahle was already looking forward to his next start.
Brian O’Grady strode to the plate in the ninth inning Friday against Idaho Falls representing the tying run in a 6-4 game. Two innings earlier O’Grady launched a pinch-hit solo home run deep over the right field wall.
The good news for the Mustangs is that Ryan O’Hearn, Wander Franco and Idaho Falls have left town. The better news is that third baseman Taylor Sparks might be coming into his own just nine games into his first professional season.
Ryan O’Hearn nearly took off Luke Moran’s head with a liner up the middle in the first inning. Three innings later O’Hearn took Moran deep.
Kevin Franklin led off the bottom of the ninth swinging freely. He tried to hit the first pitch he saw over the Rims but missed. Later in the at-bat he flailed at strike three in the dirt.