Thursday, April 16, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Win 5-1 Over Chattanooga

[From a PR by the Montgomery Biscuits via email.]

The Montgomery Biscuits (3-5) took the lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back, dumping the Chattanooga Lookouts (2-6), 5-1, in game three of a five-game series on Thursday night at AT&T Field in Chattanooga.

The Biscuits jumped on top with a two-out rally in the first off of Lookouts' starter Josh Lindblom. Rhyne Hughes doubled into the alley in left-center field and came home as Cesar Suarez singled to left for a 1-0 Biscuits advantage.

Montgomery tacked two runs onto its lead in the fourth inning without the benefit of a base hit due in large part to Lindblom tying the Southern League record with four wild pitches in the inning. Lindblom hit both batters that eventually scored in the two-run inning, Rhyne Hughes and Rashad Eldridge, who both scored on wild pitches. A passed ball was also charged to catcher Lucas May in the inning that potentially could have broken the Southern League record had it been ruled a wild pitch.

Biscuits' starter Heath Rollins (1-0) was again solid in his second outing of the season. The right-hander earned his first victory of the season by turning in six strong innings, limiting Chattanooga to a lone run on six hits while striking out two.

Gaby Martinez brought home the only run of the night for Chattanooga, singling home Justin Sellers off of Rollins in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sellers had led off the inning with a double.

Eddie Morlan and Calvin Medlock combined to work three scoreless innings of relief in the win, with Morlan working the seventh and eighth, and Medlock handling the ninth. The pair walked none as the Biscuits issued no staff walks for the game, in stark contrast to game two of the series when Montgomery hurlers issued nine free passes.

Montgomery added insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings. The run in the seventh scored without a hit again, as Desmond Jennings scored on ground ball to second from Hughes that was misplayed by Victor Mercedes. Brandon Chaves drove in the Biscuits run with an RBI-single in the ninth to cap the scoring at 5-1.

Lindblom (1-1) was tagged with the loss, working five innings and conceding three earned runs on three hits while striking out six.

The Biscuits will look for their first series win of the season in game four of the series scheduled for 6:15 PM on Friday night at AT&T Field. LHP Ryan Morse will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Travis Chick for Chattanooga.

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