[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits used home runs from Fernando Cortez and Brandon Chaves to build a 6-1 lead and then held on for a 6-5 win over the Jacksonville Suns in the finale of a five-game series on Monday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Biscuits jumped to the lead in the second inning, plating three runs off of Suns' starter Aaron Thompson. Thompson walked Jason Perry to open the inning and Cesar Suarez followed with a double to put two aboard. Cortez then cracked his first home run of the season to right field to give the Biscuits a 3-0 lead.
Jacksonville got a run back off of Biscuits' starter Jason Cromer in the bottom of the inning. Andy Jenkins doubled with one out and Cromer drilled Scott Cousins with the next pitch to put two aboard. He then walked Spike McDougall to load the bases before Bryan Petersen delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to put Jacksonville on the board, 3-1. Cromer (4-2) earned the win over seven innings. The lefty allowed just one earned run while limiting the Suns to three hits and striking out four. He earned his third road win of the season, and fourth overall.
The Biscuits added a pair of runs to their lead off of reliever Brad Stone in the seventh inning. Rashad Eldridge reached on an error, and scored when Chaves delivered a low-flying liner to the the bleachers in right field. His first home run of the season gave the Biscuits a 5-1 lead. Montgomery insured their lead with another run off of Stone in the eighth inning, using back-to-back singles from Cortez and Drew Anderson along with a wild pitch to take a 6-1 lead. The Suns closed to 6-2 with a lone run off of reliever Eddie Morlan in the eighth inning. An RBI single from Lorenzo Scott bringing home Smelin Perez who had doubled with two outs.
Morlan opened the ninth inning, but allowed two singles to put two aboard with one out. Montgomery called upon closer Calvin Medlock who promptly struck out Chris De La Cruz. Jacksonville called on pinch-hitter Kevin Randel, who drilled a three-run home run to right field to make it a one run game. Medlock than permitted an infield-single to Petersen before finally slamming the door and earning his 12th save by striking out Smelin Perez. Thompson (2-5) worked five innings in the ballgame, allowing five total hits and the three runs on Cortez's home run. He walked two and struck out four in taking the loss for Jacksonville.
The Biscuits will open a five-game series at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC, against the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday night at 6:15 PM. LHP Ryan Morse (2-4, 5.18) will make the start for the Biscuits against LHP Alexander Smit (1-0, 2.81) for the Mudcats.