OREM, Utah – The longest championship drought in Billings Mustangs’ rookie-league history is over.
The 76-game grind is over. Now the fun begins.
The Mustangs clinched a Pioneer League playoff berth last Saturday, which rendered the balance of their regular season meaningless with respect to wins and losses.
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.
OREM, Utah – Luke Moran and Soid Marquez combined on a four-hitter as the Billings Mustangs defeated the Orem Owlz 7-1 in Pioneer League action Saturday night.
GREAT FALLS – Less than 24 hours after playing the second-longest game in Pioneer League history, the Great Falls Voyagers needed just a little more than two hours to hold off the Billings Mustangs 5-4 on Saturday night.
HELENA – The Billings Mustangs couldn’t hold a four-run lead and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end in an 8-6 loss to the Helena Brewers on Wednesday night.
The Mustangs got three-run home runs from two of Cincinnati’s best rookie prospects. Then they said goodbye to maybe its best.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA – Jimmy Pickens and Ty Washington hit eighth-inning home runs to help Billings to a 3-2 win over the Missoula Osprey and salvage what would have been a frustrating night for the Mustangs.
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.
Kevin Franklin doubled home Shedric Long with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, and the Billings Mustangs ended a two-game skid with a 4-3 Pioneer League victory over the Helena Brewers in front of 2,523 at Dehler Park.
The downpour began around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, drenching Dehler Park without apology, seeming not the least bit interested in the Mustangs and the hoopla surrounding opening night.