The Helena Brewers started hot in Great Falls, building up a four-run lead on the Voyagers, but a five-run sixth inning put the home team ahead and the Voyagers battled past one final Helena push, winning 8-7 on Wednesday at Centene Stadium.
Dallas Carroll singled to bring in the game’s first run, and then Payton Henry hit a three-run homer to give the Brewers (0-3) their largest offensive output of the season in the game’s first inning.
The Voyagers (3-0) chipped away, plating a run in the second and third innings, including Anthony Villa’s solo-shot home run in the third.
The Brewers added to their lead in the top of the fourth when Yeraldy Martinez singled on a grounder to right field, bringing in one run. Nic Pierre followed that up with another grounder, this time to center field, giving the Brewers a 6-2 lead.
Then, the Voyagers broke out in the sixth inning.
The Voyagers started their scoring spree when Tyler Frost grounded out, allowing Carlos Perez to score. A wild pitch by Braulio Ortiz put two men on. Villa’s shot over the right field wall plated three more runs for the Voyagers, and gave Great Falls the first lead in its home opener. It was Villa’s second home run of the game, as he went 3 for 4 for four RBIs.
Gabriel Garcia was hit by a pitch, allowing the Brewers to score a run and tie the game at 7 in the seventh inning.
Frost, who went 2 for 5 for three RBIs, put the Voyagers ahead for good when he singled in the bottom of the seventh to give the Voyagers an 8-7 lead.
Agar started for the Voyagers and went five innings, giving up nine hits and six earned runs, including a home run, while striking out three.
Nelson Hernandez got the start for the Brewers and pitched eight innings while fiving up two earned runs and striking out five batters while walking two.
Ortiz (0-1) was credited with the loss.
Parker Rigler (1-0) received the win, pitching one winning and striking out three while walking two.
Jhoan Quijada got the save after he pitched 1 1/3 innings and walked two.
The Brewers are back in Great Falls on Thursday before returning home Friday to start a series against Billings.
Brewers add an arm
The Helena Brewers will add an arm to its pitching corps, the Independent Record learned on Wednesday.
Dylan File, a junior Dixie State standout and a St. George, Utah, product, is headed to the Helena Brewers, according to a report published by The Spectrum.
“It’s official,” File tweeted on Tuesday. “Go Brewers.”
File comes into the Brewers organization after a solid career at Dixie State. The 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher left the school as the all-time leader in strikeouts (193), wins (20) and innings pitched (245). He is also tied for the most career shutouts (three).
Brewers manager Nestor Corredor said on Tuesday new pitchers would be arriving in Helena and ready for action by Thursday.
File joins a Brewers team that has struggled with its pitching early on this season.