Sunday, May 24, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Jacksonville Suns 4-1

Montgomery Biscuits[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]

The Biscuits grabbed their first win in a five-game series with Jacksonville, defeating the Suns, 4-1, behind a strong performance from Heath Rollins on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The Biscuits struck first in the second inning, scoring the game's first run off of Suns' starter Graham Taylor. Jason Perry singled to start the inning and was forced at second base by Rashad Eldridge. Eldridge stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Fernando Cortez for a 1-0 lead. Cesar Suarez set up the Biscuits' second run with a one-out double off of Taylor in the fourth inning. Suarez advanced to third on a Cortez bounce out and scored when Tim Torres threw away Matt Spring's ground ball to third base.

The Suns cut the lead in half with a run off of Rollins in the fifth inning. Rollins no-hit the Suns through four innings, but Bryan Petersen started the trouble with a one-out single. Rollins balked him to second and he move to third on a ground out. After Rollins walked Ryan Klosterman, Lorenzo Scott laced an RBI single to left field to cut the Biscuits lead to one, 2-1.

Montgomery landed the next blow with a two-run sixth inning, both runs charged to Taylor. Perry walked to lead off the inning and Eldridge singled behind him to put two aboard. The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch before both scoring on a two-run single from Matt Spring into left-center field.

Both starters departed the ballgame after six innings, Taylor (2-3) taking the loss for the Suns, having conceded four runs -- three earned -- on six hits. Rollins (5-2) earned his third consecutive victory, limiting the Suns to just four hits and a lone earned run. Chris Mason worked two innings of scoreless relief in the seventh and eighth innings before handing the game off to Calvin Medlock in the ninth. Medlock earned his 11th save of the year by turning aside the Suns on one hit to finish the ballgame.

RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2-5, 5.84) will square off against RHP Kyle Winters (0-1, 4.50) in game four of the series scheduled for 6:05 PM on Sunday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

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