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Voyagers blast Brewers with eight extra-base hits, 13 runs

Voyagers blast Brewers with eight extra-base hits, 13 runs

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The Great Falls Voyagers pounded out 15 hits — eight for extra bases — in a 13-0 Pioneer League victory over the Helena Brewers Monday at Kindrick Legion Field.

Right fielder Kyle Robinson spearheaded the Voyagers’ attack, going 4 for 6 with a double and a run batted in. He is hitting .600 against Helena this season.

Patrick Palmeiro — former major league star Raphael Palmeiro’s son — was 2-5, with a home run and four RBIs, while teammate Brent Tanner went 3-6, with a double and two RBIs.

Adam Heisler and Bryce Mosier ripped two doubles apiece. Great Falls shortstop Justin Jirschele chipped in with three RBIs.

Four Voyager pitchers collaborated to throw a seven-hit shutout against the Brewers, with Brandon Brennan recording the win. Starter Zachary Toney worked four innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

Brent Suter started for the hosts and took the loss. He went four innings, giving up four hits and two runs. Manager Jeff Isom’s Brewers used four more hurlers on the night, including Navy product Preston Gainey, who was making his Helena debut. Milwaukee’s 11th-round pick allowed one hit and two runs, neither of which were earned.

Great Falls first got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning after two outs, on a double by Brent Tanner and a two-run homer by Palmeiro.

After another run in the fifth, the Voyagers added two more tallies in the sixth on Jirschele’s two-run single.

The visitors exploded for five runs in the seventh, powered by three doubles, by Robinson, Palmeiro and Heisler.

The Electric City closed out its scoring parade in its last at-bat, plating three more markers in the top of the ninth.

Leading the way for Helena at the plate was catcher Paul Eschleman, who stroked three singles. Brewers teammate Adam Giacalone was 2-4.

It was a rough night on the mound for the home team, as five Brewers pitchers combined to issue nine walks.

Helena will try to avoid the sweep when the Brewers take on Great Falls again tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Kindrick Legion Field.

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