[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Montgomery Biscuits used two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to hurdle the Mobile BayBears and claim game one of a five-game series, 5-4, at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday night. Desmond Jennings led off the eighth with his third hit of the night, a single, to start the Biscuits rally. Brandon Chaves laid down a bunt to attempt to sacrifice him to second, and when reliever Daniel Stange flipped the ball over the head of second baseman Mark Hallberg covering first base, Jennings scored all the way from first base. Chaves made it all the way to third on the play and scored the game-winning run when Rhyne Hughes blooped a single over a drawn-in infield. It was the fourth hit of the game for Hughes, who also homered and doubled.
Eddie Morlan (1-1) earned the win, having pitched a scoreless eighth for Montgomery. Stange (0-1) took the loss for Mobile. Jennings started the Biscuits with his first home run at the Double-A level, leading off the bottom of the first inning off of BayBears' starter Matt Torra. Mobile pulled even with a run off of Biscuits' starter Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning, the rally started by a Cyle Hankerd double. Hellickson had struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced in the ballgame, but received a no-decision after working 5 1/3 innings.
The Biscuits claimed the lead right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Spring sparked the inning with a single and scored on a Jennings' triple to make it 2-1 Biscuits. Hellickson started the sixth inning and conceded a one-out single before departing for the evening. Chris Mason followed and allowed the inherited runner to score along with two more BayBears runs to give Mobile a 4-2 advantage. Hughes homered off of Torra to lead off the bottom of the sixth and made it a one-run game leading to Montgomery's late-game heroics.
Calvin Medlock worked a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season, permitting a two-out double, but grounded out Gerardo Parra to end the game. Rehabbing right-hander Jason Isringhausen also pitched in relief for the Biscuits, working a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two.
The win marks the first time this season the Biscuits have won consecutive games and also ended a four-game Mobile win-streak. The series continues Tuesday morning with game two scheduled for 10:35 AM. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (0-2, 15.88) will oppose RHP Hector Ambriz (1-1, 1.54).