For the week July 13-19 ...
The week started well, with Billings closing its long road trip by winning two of three against Orem. But Tuesday’s off day – and maybe Grand Junction, too – interrupted any momentum the Mustangs might have had in their return home. The Mustangs dropped three straight to the Rockies to close the week at 2-4.
Team of the week
Grand Junction started the week with two straight losses, but rebounded nicely to win its last four games, including that just-completed three-game sweep of the Mustangs at Dehler Park. The 4-2 week allowed the Rockies, who are 7-3 in their last 10 games, to build a three-game lead over second-place Ogden in the South Division.
Line of the week
Days don’t come much bigger the one Ogden’s Joey Curletta had on Wednesday. The Raptors outfielder went 4 for 6 and had seven RBIs. He also had two doubles as part of the Raptors’ 23-hit attack in a 20-3 win over Missoula.
Mustang of the week
Though he made a couple baserunning mistakes on Friday night, outfielder Jonathan Reynoso had a good week at the plate. His three hits – two of them doubles – in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Grand Junction upped his average for the week to .444 (8 for 18). He also had a OBP of 1.196.
Player of the week
Plenty of players stood out this week – Helena’s Michael Ratterree, with three home runs and 10 RBIs comes to mind --- but we’ll go with Missoula pitcher Felipe Perez. Complete games in the Pioneer League had become an extinct species (or at least we had thought so), but the Missoula right-hander twirled his second CG of the season on Thursday when he beat Ogden on a two-hitter. Perez had a no-hitter through five innings, and in six appearances, is averaging just over seven innings per start. Though he’s still only 19 years old, one has to wonder how long the Arizona Diamondbacks, the parent club of Missoula, will keep him in the Pioneer League.
The Cincinnati Reds were pretty active with the Mustangs roster this week. C Jose Murillo was sent to Double-A Bakersfield (Calif.), while pitchers Werleen Taveras, Joey Housey and Amir Garrett were promoted to low-A Dayton (Ohio). The Mustangs added RHP Zack Weiss from the Arizona League.
The Mustangs began a four-game series at home against the Orem Owlz on Saturday night. Following that it’s off to Helena for three games with the Brewers.
Around the league
Grand Junction OF Raimel Tapia took a 19-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game at Great Falls, the longest streak in the league so far. Tapia was leading the league in hits (42), RBIs (28) and batting (.404). … Cal Towey’s league-high on-base percentage (.475) is a product of the Orem 3Bs keen eye: Entering Saturday’s games Towey led the league with 25 walks. A 17th-round pick by the Angels out of Baylor, Towey’s 123 career walks rank sixth in Bears history. … Idaho Falls SS Hunter Dozier continues to impress. Dozier, the eighth overall pick in 2013 by Kansas City out of Stephen F. Austin, was leading the Chukars in games played (28), hits (31), doubles (13) and walks (17) entering Saturday.
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