Mustangs blank Great Falls, 2-0
By The Gazette Staff
GREAT FALLS -- Billy Rojo drove in the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning and three Billings pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Mustangs won their third straight, 2-0 over the Great Falls White Sox Thursday night.
Billings (7-3) moved into sole possession of first place over the White Sox (6-4) in the Pioneer League's Northern Division. The teams play the second game of their four-game series tonight at 7.
The game was scoreless until the eighth inning when Rojo extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a run-scoring triple. Maikol Mesa scored on the hit, and Chris Valaika drove in Rojo on a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Anthony Gressick, making his second start for the Mustangs, went six innings. He gave up just three hits and struck out five, while not walking a batter. In his two starts, Gressick has not allowed a run in 11 innings. Marcos Mateo (1-0) pitched two innings to pick up the win, while Terrell Young threw a perfect ninth to pick up his third save. It was the second shutout of the season for the Mustangs.
Billings had just three hits in the game. First baseman Logan Parker sat out the game after tweaking his hamstring in Wednesday's game.
Also on Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds, the parent club of the Mustangs, made a series of moves involving the Pioneer League club.
Pitcher Daniel Guerrero was moved to Single-A Dayton (Ohio) of the Midwest League. In two starts, Guerrero was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings. Moving from the Mustangs to the Reds' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League were pitcher Chris White, shortstop Kevyn Feiner and first baseman Jason Winkler.
Joining the Mustangs are pitcher Wes Smiley and infielder Ryan Brown from the Gulf Coast League, while the Reds signed draft picks Justin Turner (second base, 7th round) and Danny Dorn (outfielder, 32nd round) and assigned them to the Mustangs. Both Turner and Dorn just completed play in the College World Series for Cal State-Fullerton.