[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Jacksonville Suns used a bases loaded-walk to break a 2-2 tie and claim a 3-2 win over the Biscuits on Friday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The game went to the bottom of the ninth tied at two, with Eddie Morlan on in relief for Montgomery. Bryan Petersen led off with a single to centerfield. He then stole second base and Tim Torres was able to move him to third with ground out. The Biscuits elected to intentionally walk both Kevin Randel and Lee Mitchell to load the bases. Morlan fanned Chris Hatcher, but walked Lorenzo Scott to push home Petersen with the winning run.
Suns' starter Willie Glen kept the Biscuits bats quiet, working five scoreless innings in his first start since April 27th. Glenn limited Montgomery to just a Fernando Cortez double over the first five frames of the ballgame. He walked just one and struck out five.
Biscuits' starter Brian Baker matched the performance, turning in five shutout innings, allowing the Suns just two hits while striking out four. It was the first career start for Baker, working in a spot-starting role to get the Biscuits rotation back on track after their doubleheader Monday with Mississippi. Neither starter factored in the decision.
Ronald Hill entered in the sixth inning for the Suns and worked scoreless through two innings, retiring the side in order in both innings. Jacksonville finally broke the scoreless-tie with an unearned run in the seventh inning. Reliever Mike Wlodarczyk had worked a scoreless sixth inning in relief of Baker and retired the leadoff man in the seventh. But he then hit Petersen with a pitch to put the go-ahead run aboard. Petersen then stole second base and advanced to third when Matt Springs's throw wound up in centerfield. Tim Torres delivered a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score the first run of the game and give the Suns a 1-0 lead.
Spring made amends for his error in the eighth inning. With Hill still on the mound for Jacksonville, Cortez singled to start the inning. Spring followed with a two-run blast to left field, his second of the year, giving Montgomery their first lead, 2-1. Jacksonville responded quickly in the bottom of the inning, as Neal Frontz entered in relief for the Biscuits. The second batter he faced, Hatcher, homered to left field to tie the game at two apiece. It was the first home run of the season for Hatcher. Matt Peterson (1-0) won in relief for Jacksonville, working two scoreless innings to finish a strong pitching performance for the Suns.
RHP Heath Rollins (4-3, 3.63) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP Graham Taylor (2-2, 3.38) for Jacksonville in game three of the series scheduled for 6:05 PM on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.