Missoula rallies to beat Mustangs

2014-07-04T20:21:00Z 2014-07-05T00:21:04Z Missoula rallies to beat MustangsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 04, 2014 8:21 pm  • 

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.

The Osprey (10-9) wiped out a 3-2 lead by the Mustangs (9-9) with a four-run outburst in the sixth. Missoula had two hits during the rally, while Billings committed four of its five errors during the inning.

Humphreys, who had driven in Missoula's first two runs with a single in the second inning, put the Osprey ahead for good 4-3 when he delivered a two-run, bases-loaded double to left in the sixth.

Kevin Cron reached base on a single to begin the inning, and two throwing errors by Billings helped load the bases with one out.

After Humphrey's big blow, two more fielding/throwing miscues by the Mustangs led to the Osprey's final two runs.

Missoula's Markus Solbach collected the pitching win, allowing six hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out five and walked one.

Cron was responsible for three of the Osprey's 10 hits. Jake Mayers and Humphreys had two hits apiece.

Four of Missoula's runs were unearned.

Billings received a solo home run from Alex Blandino in the first inning. Cory Thompson notched a run-scoring single in the third, with Aristides Aquino following with an RBI-double.

After splitting four games at Missoula, the Mustangs move on to Helena on Saturday to play the Brewers in a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. The twinbill is a makeup for an earlier rainout, with a pair of seven-inning games scheduled.

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