OREM, Utah -- Brian O’Grady homered and Aristides Aquino drove in three runs as the Mustangs outslugged Orem 12-11 in a Pioneer League baseball game Friday at Brent Brown Ballpark.
The Mustangs scored three times in the eighth inning, which proved crucial. Aquino had a two-run single with two outs, and that put Billings ahead by three runs. Orem scored twice in the bottom of the eighth as Fran Whitten tripled and Wade Wass doubled, but the Mustangs held on.
Billings scored five times in the fourth, highlighted by Alberti Chavez’s two-run double. O’Grady homered to center field in the sixth.
Brian Hunter (1-0) got the victory for the Mustangs in relief, while closer Brennan Bernardino picked up his sixth save by getting the final five outs.
Whitten finished a single shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with five RBIs.
The Mustangs and Owlz play the second game of their four-game series Saturday at Brent Brown Ballpark.