Hunter Greene best outing yet

 In The Baseball Player

By Scott Breen

BILLINGS – Hunter Greene enjoyed his most complete professional performance Wednesday night in a 10-2 Billings Mustangs win over the Helena Brewers at Dehler Park.

Greene, who was on a pitch max of 45, didn’t quite get there, but did throw three complete innings for his longest professional outing. It only took one pitch to earn his first out of the game, an infield pop-up to shortstop.

The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft followed with a strikeout and a walk, before giving up a soft single to Gabriel Garcia which led to Helena’s only run of the game. A throwing error by third baseman Leandro Santana allowed K.J. Harrison to score the unearned run for a 1-0 Helena lead.

From there, Greene struck out three straight batters and eventually needed only seven pitches to get out of the third inning. His final numbers: three innings pitched, one hit, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.

After Greene exited in the third inning, the Mustangs exploded offensively. Raul Wallace singled on a line drive to left field scoring Andy Sugilio for a 2-1 lead. J. D. Salmon-Williams followed with a home run to deep right center field for a commanding 4-1 Billings lead.

Jake Turnbull added a grand slam to right center in the seventh to make it 10-1.

Tyler Mondile (4-4) impressed in four innings of shutout relief to earn his fourth win of the season. Mondile gave up just two hits while drawing two double plays and striking out two. It was his third relief appearance of the year.

Wednesday’s win drew the Mustangs (16-19, 34-38-1) within one game of Great Falls for the North Division’s final playoff berth after the Voyagers lost to Missoula 11-9. The regular season ends Saturday.

Billings hosts last-place Helena (12-23, 27-46) for the final three games.

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