Hunter Greene Powers Mustangs to road win
(Casey Conlon, MTN Sports)
IDAHO FALLS – In only his second game in a Billings Mustangs uniform, Hunter Greene took his act to Idaho Falls on Monday night, and the Mustangs are plenty happy that he did. Greene, the Cincinnati Reds’ first-round draft pick this year, went 3-for-6 with two doubles, an RBI and one run scored in helping the Mustangs come from behind for a wild 17-14 victory over the Chukars in 12 innings.
The Mustangs led 8-5 after seven innings and appeared in cruise control, but Idaho Falls erupted for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 10-8 lead into the ninth.
That’s when Miles Gordon had the chance to play hero. With a run already in, Gordon stepped to the plate with two down and the bases loaded. Gordon did not disappoint. Gordon blasted a two-run double to right field and the Ponies took a 11-10 lead.
The Chuckars did not fold. Darrell Miller Jr. led off the bottom of the ninth with a booming home run to left and this crazy game would go to extras.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid and vaulted the Ponies to 5-7 in the second half of the season. Greene wasn’t the only recent Reds draft pick to star on Monday night.
The 32nd overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, Jeter Downs, went 3-for-5 on the night with a long ball and two RBI.
Andy Sugilio added a triple and three RBI in the victory. Luis Alecis started and pitched his way to five solid innings of four-hit, two-run baseball.
Greene, a star with the bat and his arm, is scheduled to make his mound debut on Sunday, Aug. 27.