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Mustangs Drop Fifth Straight in Loss to Missoula

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W: Gouin (1-4)

L: Mena (3-1)

S: None

BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (11-9, 34-24), lost their fifth consecutive game on Sunday, falling 12-8 to the Missoula Osprey (10-10, 26-32) in front of 1,996 at Dehler Park. 

The Mustangs took an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning off Missoula starter Alex Gouin (1-4). Taylor Trammell tripled with two outs and the middle of the Mustangs order proceeded to hit three consecutive homeruns. Montrell Marshall hit a two-run homer while Hector Vargas and John Sansone followed with solo jobs. It was the first time this season that Billings has hit three consecutive round-trippers. Vargas and Sansone have each homered in consecutive games while it was the first homer of the season for Marshall. The Mustangs also tied a season-high with four total homeruns in the game.

The 4-0 lead didn't last long for Billings as Missoula responded immediately with six runs in the top of the second inning. Tanner Hill hit an early two-run homerun and Paxton De La Garza followed later with a grand slam. De La Garza would go on to collect six RBI in the afternoon game. It was his first homerun of the season.

Missoula would never trail again, adding three more runs in the third inning to stretch their lead out to five. Alfredo Mena (3-1) only made it through five outs in the start. He surrendered six runs while giving up four hits and striking out one. It was just his second start of the year.

Billings would try and rally late. Trailing 10-4 going to the bottom of the eighth, the Mustangs managed to pull within two. Michael Beltre added in a grand slam of his own to make it a 10-8 game. It was the first time since June 29th of 2013 that two grand slams have been hit in the same game in the Pioneer League and the first grand slam for a Mustang since Aristides Aquino on July 20th of 2014. Billings was able to get the tying run aboard in the eighth, but stranded them there.

The Osprey then pulled away with two insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI single from De La Garza to make it a definitive 12-8 advantage.

The Mustangs have now lost five straight, their longest losing streak of the season, and are 5-6 against the Osprey on the year. They look to avoid the four-game series sweep Monday at Dehler Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.