[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Mississippi Braves (18-20) used a four-run sixth inning to defeat the Biscuits (20-19), 6-5, on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium. Mississippi jumped on Montgomery starter Jason Cromer with a pair of runs in the first inning. Gorkys Hernandez led off the ballgame with a single and a batter later Willie Cabrera sent his second home run of the series to left field to put the Braves on top, 2-0.
The Biscuits also got on the board in the first, plating a single run to pull back within one run. Brandon Chaves singled off of Braves' starter Deunte Heath. Heath struck out Rhyne Hughes, but walked Jason Perry to put two aboard. Rashad Eldridge then singled home Chaves to cut the Mississippi lead to 2-1.
Montgomery assumed the lead with two more runs off of Heath in the third inning. All the damage was done with two outs as Heath walked Hughes to start the rally. Perry promptly followed with a rope-double to the corner in right field which scored Hughes from first to tie the game. Eldridge then followed with a infield single that Brandon Hicks threw away trying to make the difficult play. His error allowed Perry to score and give the Biscuits the lead, 3-2.
Cromer held the lead until the sixth, when he ran into trouble by conceding back-to-back singles to start the inning to JC Boscan and Concepcion Rodriguez. He then walked Kala Ka'aihue to load the bases. Brandon Hicks chased Cromer and tied the game with an RBI single. Brian Baker entered for Cromer but conceded a sacrifice fly to Eric Campbell to give the Braves the lead, 4-3. A batter later, Hernandez singled to score two runs, the two-run single proving to be the difference in the ballgame.
Cromer (3-2) took the loss for Montgomery, working into the sixth but technically allowing six earned runs on 11 hits through five innings. The Biscuits didn't go quietly, scoring a run off of Heath in the sixth when Bowers produced a sacrifice fly to score Cesar Suarez who had doubled. Heath (2-2) earned the win, working 5 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits. He worked largely around five walks and struck out four.
Montgomery capped the scoring with a run in the eighth inning, Hughes supplying an RBI single to score Bowers who had been hit by a Bryan Dumesnil pitch. Rafael Cruz came in to finish the eighth, then worked a scoreless ninth to end the game, 6-5. Cruz earned his ninth save of the season to tie Calvin Medlock for the league lead.
The rubber-game of the five-game series is scheduled for Wednesday night at Riverwalk Stadium, LHP Ryan Morse (2-4, 5.14) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP Scott Diamond (1-3, 4.03) for Mississippi.