Thanks to a five-hit, four-run fourth inning, the Salt Lake Trappers ended a two-game losing streak by downing the Billings Mustangs 6-1 Saturday night.
The Trappers were spotted a 1-0 lead in the second inning, as Rick Hunri's bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored Mando Verdugo.In the top of the fourth, extra-base hits meant extra runs, with back-to-back doubles by Verdugo and Greg Ehmig putting Salt Lake up 2-0. A two-run home run over the right-field fence by Marty Peralta - his third of the season - upped the margin to 4-0, with a Jeff Allison triple scoring Hurni for a 5-0 lead.
The four-run explosion chased Mustang starter Carl Nordstrom, who dropped to 2-5. Meanwhile, Trapper counterpart Fred Riscen continued his perfect pitching record, picking up his fourth win against no losses. His five-inning performance included scattering four hits while striking out three.
The Mustangs broke the shutout bid in the fourth as first baseman Mike Mulvaney clubbed a solo homer. Billings threatened by loading the bases in the fifth, but the three were just a part of the 13 total Mustang baserunners stranded during the game.
Salt Lake added its sixth and final run in the ninth, as Hurni doubled and scored by an RBI single by Allison.
The Southern Division-leading Trappers rapped out 11 hits after having suffered a mini hitting drought of sorts in recent games.