Great Falls, MONTANA The juxtaposition was jarring. In their previous game, the Vibes delivered nine hits. Monday, their offense went from spewing lava to bathing in ice.
The Vibes collected two hits and managed four baserunners in a 3-1 loss to the Great Falls Voyagers.
Not only did they Vibes strike out 12 times, they did not advance a runner to second base after the third inning.
One swing from Great Falls broke open the scoreless game in the bottom of the second. Voyagers’ Jonathan Allen pulled out the driver to poke his first homer of the season over the right field wall and into a nearby driving range.
The Vibes answered back with run in the third. Michael Wilson collected the team’s first hit with a leadoff single to right. Wilson made his way to third with a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher. Cam Devanney wasted no time capitalizing, ushering home Wilson on a sac fly to left.
The long ball continued to haunt the Vibes. In the bottom of the third, Voyagers’ Harvin Mendoza belted a solo shot to right center, the second homer allowed by Vibes starter Wuilder Rodriguez. The Voyagers tacked on another run in the fourth on a pair of singles and a Rodriguez wild pitch.
Rodriguez suffered the loss, posting five innings in his third start of the season. The right-hander allowed eight hits, three runs (all earned), while striking out six.
The bullpen did its part, holding the Voyagers to three hits in three scoreless innings. Bryce Milligan made his professional debut in a Vibes uniform, tossing the sixth inning while yielding a hit and collecting his first strikeout. Reliever Steve Pastora followed Milligan in the seventh, allowing a hit in an efficient 13-pitch outing. Arman Sabouri struck out two in the eighth to finish off a strong night by the Vibes relievers.
The Vibes continue their second leg of eight-game road trip with the second game of the four-game series against the Great Falls Voyagers.