Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Mobile BayBears 4-1

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

The Biscuits rode a strong performance from Heath Rollins to their third straight win, defeating the BayBears, 4-1, in a ballgame delayed by rain for an hour and 21 minutes at Hank Aaron Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

As has been the case in every road game this season for the Biscuits, they scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. J.T. Hall led off the inning with a single off of BayBears' starter Jarrod Parker. It was the first of three consecutive singles, as Rashad Eldridge singled behind Hall and Fernando Cortez singled to score him.

Meanwhile, Rollins recovered from conceding a leadoff double in the first inning to Chris Rahl by retiring the next 10 BayBears and working scoreless into the seventh inning.

Parker (1-2) departed after five innings, allowing just the lone run in the second inning. He allowed four hits, walked three and hit one, but struck out nine in the outing. He took the tough-luck loss in his home debut for the BayBears.

The Biscuits added a run to their lead upon the departure of Parker in the sixth inning. Kyler Newby entered for Parker to start the inning and promptly walked both Eldridge and Cortez. He recovered to retire Jason Bowers and Ian Paxton, but Cesar Suarez ripped a run-scoring double into left-center field to score Eldridge with the Biscuits second run.

Rollins proved mortal in the seventh, allowing a run to Mobile. With one out, Rollins walked Ricardo Sosa and Cule Hankerd followed with an RBI double in the left field corner to make it a 2-1 game. Rollins (3-2) departed after 6 1/3 innings, allowing just the one run on four hits to earn his third road victory of the season.

Ryan Reid came on for Rollins with the tying run at second base in the seventh inning and quickly recorded the final two outs to keep the Biscuits in the lead. Reid backed that up with a scoreless eighth inning.

The Biscuits insured their lead with a pair of runs off of Daniel Stange in the ninth inning as Desmond Jennings singled to lead off the inning and scored ahead of a two-run blast from Rhyne Hughes to right field. Hughes' league-leading 11th home run put Montgomery ahead, 4-1.

Eddie Morlan earned his second save of the season, working a brisk scoreless inning in the ninth to close the ballgame. With the win, the Biscuits have claimed all three of their road series on the season.

Game four of the series is scheduled on Thursday night at 7:05 PM at Hank Aaron Stadium. LHP Jason Cromer (2-1, 5.12) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Barry Enright (1-2, 3.94) for Mobile.

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