In a game of debuts, Nelson Hernandez earned his first win and the Brewers their second as Helena defeated the Billings Mustangs 4-2 to close out its four-game series on Monday evening at Kindrick Legion Field in front of 892 fans.
The Brewers (2-6) earned a split with Billings (5-3).
Two players drafted by Milwaukee made professional debuts on Monday, as Brent Diaz factored in at designated hitter and Dylan File came out of the bull pen. Both had solid outings.
The Mustangs struck first when Stuart Fairchild grounded out, allowing Miles Gordon to score in the top of the first.
The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the second when Yerald Martinez hit a single to score Brent Diaz.
Fairchild stuck it to the Brewers again in the third inning, singling on a line drive to right field, once again scoring Gordon.
The Mustangs’ reclaimed lead would be short-lived.
The Brewers broke out in the third inning, as a Diaz double scored one and then a Franly Mallen single to center field brought in two more for the Brewers, giving the home team its first lead, 4-2. Mallen finished the night 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
Diaz, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound product out of Louisiana Tech, finished the night going 2 for 4 in his at-bats, while bringing in one run. Both hits turned into doubles.
Moises came in as relief in the sixth inning for the Mustangs, inciting outs with his fresh arm. The right-hander had a stellar start to the inning, picking up two outs quickly and then working for his next one. Nic Pierre broke that momentum up, doubling with a line drive to center field to reach second base. On Nova’s ninth pitch, he popped Nick Rocetti up and ended the inning.
The Brewers made a change of their own in the seventh inning, bringing in File, who made his professional debut. The Milwaukee Brewers selected File in the 21st round of the MLB Draft. File made short work of his night, as he threw one clean inning and held the Brewers lead.
Rose came in for the save in the ninth, striking out two and preserving the Brewers’ lead.
The Brewers were just two days removed from defeating the Mustangs for their first win of the season.
Tyler Mondile (1-1) started on the mound for the Mustangs and threw five innings. He gave up six hits and one earned run, while striking out five and walking two.
Hernandez (1-0) made his second start for the Brewers as he earned his first win. The 6-foot-2, 170 pound thrower from La Guaira, Venezuela, went six innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs. He struck out four on the evening.
Tuesday, the Brewers begin a two-game home stand against the Great Falls Voyagers, a team that is 4-0 against Helena this season. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Kindrick Legion Field.