HELENA — A night after seemingly everything went wrong, the Brewers showed what it looks like when things go right.
Helena exploded for a season-high 20 runs, defeating the Missoula Osprey 20-13 on Labor Day at Kindrick Legion Field. Jay Feliciano registered five hits and brought in nine RBIs to lead the way.
The Brewers got to work quickly, recording a five-run first inning. Gabriel Garcia hit a two RBI doubles to get things going, and then Jay Feliciano hit a grounder to left field that brought in another run. Chad McClanahan doubled on a fly ball to right field, bringing in two more across the plate.
Missoula got on the board in the top of the second when Juan Araujo hit a solo shot home run.
But the Brewers put two more on the board in the bottom of the frame. Feliciano hit another RBI single and Payton Henry grounded into a force out, but scored a run in the process.
In the third inning, the Brewers put up another five-spot. KJ Harrison popped up on a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing one run across the plate. Feliciano kept his monstrous night going by smacking a grand slam on his very first pitch.
The home run hitting was contagious for the Brewers in the sixth inning. Jose Gomez slapped one of his own, a solo shot over the left field wall.
Missoula got another run in the top of the sixth, but it was clear this night belonged to the Brewers.
Helena responded in the bottom of the sixth with three more runs. Feliciano did it again.
Feliciano cranked another home run, this time a three-score blast that put the Brewers up 16-2.
William Gorman hit a homer for Missoula in the top of the seventh.
Nic Pierre added one for more for the Brewers in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
Missoula cranked a couple of home runs in the top of the eighth. Francis Martinez hit a two-run homer and Ernie De La Trinidad hit a two-run shot.
The Brewers’ final outburst came in the bottom of the eighth. Payton Henry hit an RBI double to get it going. Nick Roscetti followed up with an RBI single on a fly ball to center field. And Chad McClanahan grounded into a double play, scoring one run.
The Osprey belted three more home runs in the top of the ninth, but it still wasn’t enough. Araujo hit a two-shot homer. Eddie Hernandez hit a three-run homer and Da La Trinidad also smacked one.
Karsen Lindell (3-3) started on the mound for the Brewers and pitched for a career-high 5.2 innings. He gave up nine hits, two earned runs and struck out four while walking one.
The Brewers finished with 26 hits, led by Feliciano’s 5 of 6 outing. McClanahan, Garcia and Antonio Pinero all finished with four hits.
The win moves the Brewers to 4.5 games behind Great Falls with five games to play.
Helena concludes its home schedule on Tuesday in a rematch against the Osprey. The game is being called Fan Appreciation Night, and prizes will be given out throughout the evening.