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The Billings Mustangs won 6-5 in 10 innings. Box Score
- Tyler Callihan went 2-5 with a grand slam (6).
- Eric Yang went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI.
- Leonardo Seminati went 1-4.
- Jonathan Willems went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Reniel Ozuna went 1-4.
- Quincy McAfee went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Garrett Wolforth went 1-1 with an RBI.
- Noah Davis allowed 1 run in 5.0 innings with 2 strikeouts.
- Johnnie Schneider threw 1.2 hitless innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
- Alec Byrd threw a shutout inning.
- Ryan Dunne was charged with an unearned run in an inning with a walk and a strikeout.
It was a wild comeback for the Billings Mustangs on Wednesday night. They were trailing 1-0 entering the 7th inning. Then Missoula, who began the game just 2.5 games back with 4 games to play – all against the 1st place Mustangs – scored three runs in the top of the frame to jump ahead 4-0.
That’s when things got interesting. With two men on and two outs Quin Cotton grounded the ball back to the pitcher and sprinted towards first base. The throw beat him to the bag and he was called out, much the the disagreement of then acting manager Hernan Iribarren (both manager Bryan LaHair and hitting coach Darryl Brinkley were ejected from the game in the top half of the inning). He, and much of the home crowd believed the throw pulled the first baseman off of the bag. Iribarren took his complaints to the field and the umpires convened and called the Osprey back onto the field, overturning the call and placing Mustangs on every base.
That brought Tyler Callihan to the plate. The 19-year-old in his first professional season took a hanging breaking ball and crushed it 403-feet into right field to tie the game up with his 6th home run of the season. That’s where the score remained until the 10th. Missoula was able to plate their placed-at-second-base-to-start-the-inning runner in their half of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. And they didn’t waste time doing it, either, as Jose Reyes (not that one) doubled to lead off the inning. That was all they could do, though, as Ryan Dunne was able to get a ground ball double play to end the inning and strand Reyes at second.
In the bottom of the inning Tyler Callihan, who had singled in the 9th but saw a runner thrown out at the plate to end the inning, began on second base. He moved over to third on a James Free ground out – placing the tying run just 90 feet away. Eric Yang worked a 12-pitch at-bat that resulted in a game tying single. A wild pitch would move Yang to second base, and when that happened he was then pinch run for by Ranser Amador. Garrett Wolforth, who was pinch hitting, worked a full count before lining a single into left field and scoring Amador for the walk-off win.
The win puts the Mustangs magic number at one. They have to do that work themselves, though, as Missoula is the team in second place.
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