[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
A four-run sixth inning keyed a Carolina Mudcats, 7-2, victory over the Biscuits on Thursday night at Five County Stadium. The Biscuits got out quickly as Desmond Jennings doubled off Travis Wood on the first pitch of the ballgame. He scored when Rhyne Hughes singled through the right-side of the infield a batter later for a 1-0 lead.
The Mudcats drew even with a run in the third. Chris Kroski tripled to open the inning when Jennings slipped attempting to field what would have been a single. Biscuits' starter Heath Rollins retired the next two batters, but Chris Heisey laid down a bunt-single that scored Kroski, tying the game, 1-1.
Montgomery grabbed the lead right back in the fourth. Wood surrendered a single to Fernando Cortez who was forced at second by Rashad Eldridge. A batter later, Matt Spring doubled to right-center field to score Eldridge and give the Biscuits a 2-1 lead.
Things unraveled for the Biscuits in the sixth inning as Carolina plated four runs off of Rollins to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Todd Frazier opened the inning with a triple and Logan Parker followed with an RBI double. Shaun Cumberland contributed a run-scoring single and Cozart capped the rally with a two-run double. Rollins (5-3) took the loss for Montgomery, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing five earned runs on 10 hits.
Wood (4-3) got back on track for Carolina and worked through the seventh inning to earn his fourth victory of the season. He permitted two earned runs on seven hits. The Mudcats put the game away with a pair of runs off reliever Ryan Reid in the eighth inning. The first run of the inning scored on a Reid wild pitch, while Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly capped the scoring, 7-2.
Game four of the series is scheduled for 6:15 PM on Friday night at Five County Stadium. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2-6, 5.36) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Jordan Smith (4-0, 2.45) for Carolina.