Mahle, Mustangs end skid

2014-07-13T18:13:00Z 2014-07-14T23:41:04Z Mahle, Mustangs end skidGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 13, 2014 6:13 pm  • 

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.

The victory stopped a five-game home losing streak by the Mustangs (12-15).

Mahle, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-hander, didn’t walk a batter and fanned six in improving to 2-2 and lowering his ERA to 5.34. He threw 80 pitches and faced just two batters over the minimum.

According to Mustangs officials, it is believed to be the first complete game by a Pony since Jim Paduch’s no-hitter in 2003 that clinched the Pioneer League title.

Billings, which played error-free baseball while Ogden committed five miscues, wraps up its seven-game homestand Monday at 7:05 p.m. against Ogden (9-18) at Dehler. The game will conclude a three-game series with the Raptors.

Mustangs left fielder Jimmy Pickens batted 4 of 5, lacing a double and a triple, with one run and four RBIs. The Mustangs bashed three home runs, with leadoff batter Alex Blandino, Taylor Sparks and Kevin Franklin all connecting.

The home runs by Blandino and Sparks were back-to-back in the fourth inning and occurred with two outs. Blandino launched a two-run homer over the left-field wall to score himself and Ty Washington. Sparks then followed with a solo shot to left.

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