Great Falls, MONTANA Brock Begue deserved a better fate.
Thursday, the Vibes starter pitched like an ace. However, the Voyagers royally flushed the Vibes offense in a 1-0 victory at Centene Stadium.
Begue, a left-hander, looked sharp over five innings. He allowed five hits and one run with two strikeouts. He was a model of efficiency, requiring 55 pitches (41 strikes) for his 15 outs. In his past two outings, the 11th round draft pick has hit his stride, yielding one run with five strikeouts in nine innings.
The Voyagers’ lone run came in the fourth. Following a two-triple performance Wednesday, Great Falls’ Cabera Weaver led off with a double to left. With runners on second and third and one out, Luis Curbelo plated Weaver on a sacrifice fly to left. Begue minimized the damage, inducing an inning-ending groundball.
Vibes reliever Jackson Sigman took the baton from Begue, and duplicated his excellence. The side-armer posted two innings of one-hit ball. Maiker Pinto worked the eighth, allowing a hit with a walk and a strikeout.
Great Falls smothered the Vibes offense. The Vibes mustered five baserunners on four singles and a walk. No runner reached second base. Catcher José Sibrian collected half of the team’s hits, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
The Vibes finished 3-5 against the Voyagers this season. The finale of the eight-game road trip marked the last time the Vibes will play a Northern Division opponent in the regular season. They posted a 7-9 record, including 4-4 against the Billings Mustangs.
The Vibes take tomorrow off as the travel home to begin an eight-game homestand set to open Friday, August 17. The Vibes open with a four-game series against the Ogden Raptors.