Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Mississippi Braves 6-3

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

The Biscuits erased a three-run deficit with six unanswered runs to defeat the Mississippi Braves, 6-3, in the series finale from Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday night. With the win, Montgomery claimed their second series victory from the Braves.

Mississippi grabbed the lead off of Montgomery starter Ryan Morse with a pair of runs in the second inning. Morse started the trouble himself when he walked Kala Ka'aihue with one out. Brandon Hicks singled behind him to put two aboard. Eric Campbell followed with an RBI single to left field to plate Ka'aihue with the first run of the ballgame. Hicks, who moved to third on Campbell's single then scored on a sacrifice fly to left-center field from Concepcion Rodriguez and Mississippi held a 2-0 lead.

The Braves added to their lead with another run off of Morse in the fourth. Hicks sparked the inning with a leadoff single and stole second and third base. He came in on a Gorkys Hernanez fielder's choice bounce-out to give extend the Braves' lead to 3-0.

The Biscuits finally got to Braves' starter Scott Diamond in the fifth inning, plating two runs to trim the Braves lead to one. Drew Anderson started the rally with a one-out single and Desmond Jennings followed with a single. After Brandon Chaves walked, Diamond walked Rhyne Hughes to bring in the first Montgomery run. A second run scored when Cesar Suarez reached on an error later in the inning.

Montgomery gained control of the game in the seventh, scoring four times to take a 6-3 advantage. Chaves started the inning with a double off of reliever Jeff Lyman. Hughes followed with an RBI single to tie the game, 3-3. Jason Perry was then walked by Lyman to put two aboard. Each runner advanced on a wild pitch from Lyman. Suarez brought home Hughes with an RBI single to give the Biscuits their first lead of the game and leave runners on the corners. Lyman (3-2) then departed the ballgame in favor of Brett Butts. Butts conceded RBI singles to both Fernando Cortez and Jason Bowers as the Biscuits extended to a 6-3 advantage.

The bullpen did the rest for Montgomery. Chris Mason (2-1) came on for Morse in the sixth and worked two scoreless innings. His efforts earned him the win, his second of the season. Eddie Morlan took the eighth and handed it off to Calvin Medlock, who retired the Braves in order in the ninth to earn his league-best 10th save.

The Biscuits travel to Jacksonville to open a five-game series against the Jacksonville Suns on Thursday night. Game one of the series is scheduled for 6:05 PM at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. LHP Brandon Mann (2-1, 5.40) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Cristhian Martinez (4-2, 1.84) for Jacksonville.

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