BILLINGS — One day after throwing a three-hitter, the Billings Mustangs pitched well again in a 3-2 win over the Grand Junction Rockies on Tuesday night at Dehler Park.
Four Mustangs pitchers combined to allow one earned run on three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in their second straight victory over the visiting Rockies (7-7 second half, 26-26 overall) to begin the four-game series. The win kept Billings (10-5, 25-28) on top of the Pioneer League North second half standings.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, and the Rockies tied it up with one run in both the third and fourth. Billings went ahead again on a solo home run from first baseman James Free (1 for 4) in the bottom of the fourth, and the scoring stopped there.
Mustangs' starting pitcher Noah Davis lasted four innings and allowed both runs, all three walks and three hits while striking out two. Ian Koch relieved Davis and allowed one hit and no walks with four strikeouts in three innings. Johnnie Schneider pitched a flawless eighth inning, and Francis Peguero recorded his fourth save behind two strikeouts.
At the plate for Billings, center fielder Quin Cotton went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base, right/left fielder Edwin Yon went 2 for 4 with a double and second baseman Quincy McAfee went 2 for 3 with an RBI.