One-hit once more

One-hit once more

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*** The Mustangs were one-hit for the second consecutive time Thursday night, and this time they couldn't pull out the victory.

Billy Hamilton's single in the third inning was the lone blemish against Helena's Matt Miller and Jimmy Nelson in the Brewers' 5-0 victory.

There was a lot of pitching in this three-game series, which the Mustangs claimed with victories on Tuesday night (5-3) and Wednesday night (1-0). Both teams scored three runs in the first inning of Tuesday's game, but after that, the teams combined for nine runs over the next 26 innings.

The Mustangs won on Wednesday despite being one-hit. But that one hit, a single by Danny Hernandez, scored Dayne Read with one out in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Despite the lack of offense, Mustangs manager Delino DeShields isn't too worried. Yet.

"These guys have been swinging the bat pretty much from day one," he said of his team. "You're going to go through stretches like that. You just hope your pitchers can pick you up a little bit."

*** Mustangs catcher Chris Berset conceded there was some frustration on the lack of hitting (the Mustangs finished the series with just three hits in their last 65 at-bats), but he, too, said it wasn't time to worry.

"Our bats just kind of went cold for the past two or three games," he said. "That's baseball. When you're playing every day, that's going to happen. So, you've got to come back tomorrow."

*** Berset was a college teammate of Helena's Miller when the pair were at the University of Michigan. Miller has simply dominated the Mustangs in his three starts against Billings, particularly lately. Miller has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings, and is 3-0 overall with a 1.42 ERA in 19 innings versus the Ponies.

"He's bringing it out there and he's hitting his spots," Berset said after Miller's latest shut-down performance of seven shutout innings against the Mustangs on Thursday. "What more can you say? He pitched a great ball game and so did Jimmy Nelson behind him, I have a lot of history with him, too. It's always fun going against them, it's a nice battle, but unfortunately they came out on top tonight."

 

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