With a song in his head and a bolt from his bat, Avain Rachal gave the Billings Mustangs a lift Saturday night.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Idaho Falls blew the game open with seven runs in the sixth inning and went on to beat the Billings Mustangs 10-1 on Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.
These are the times that try a manager’s psyche.
Adam Matthews has played in front of 30,000 fans at the College World Series, so if any player could be comfortable in Thursday night’s last at-bat of the game – bases loaded, bottom of the ninth, two outs, trailing by three runs -- it’d probably be him.
MISSOULA -- Robert Ramirez homered and Pedro Diaz pitched well as the Billings Mustangs held off the Missoula Osprey 4-3 Saturday night for their first second-half victory in Pioneer League play.
The Great Falls Voyagers won late for the second game in a row, beating the Billings Mustangs 6-2 on Sunday afternoon before 2,296 fans at Dehler Park.
Yes, Ben Lively is a starting pitcher. He knows, though, that he can’t get a win every time he takes the mound for the Billings Mustangs.
Mercifully, the Mustangs’ homestand has come to an end.
Part of the challenge of baseball development is making sure young players stay within themselves and keep their confidence, especially against big deficits.
If pitching is what really matters -- if the collective aptitude of a pitching staff is what more often than not makes the difference between winning and losing -- the Mustangs have found the right formula.
In the era of pitch counts and protecting pitchers’ arms, especially at the rookie-league level, what Felipe Perez has accomplished his last two starts just doesn’t happen.
The frustration came to a head for Billings Mustangs infielder Jhimy Lopez. Enmeshed in an oh-for-the-season slump, Lopez needed something — anything — to overcome his futility at the plate.
A quick look at the lineups for tonight's Pioneer League game between the Mustangs and Helena at Dehler Park. First pitch is at 7:
The Billings Mustangs reversed field Friday night.
It was nearly 20 minutes after the Billings Mustangs opened their 2013 Pioneer League season with a 7-1 win over the Great Falls Voyagers on Thursday night, and Phillip Ervin was still wading his way to the clubhouse, gleefully signing autographs and posing for pictures.