[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Jacksonville Suns used three pitchers to blank the Biscuits, 8-0, in the opener of a five-game series from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Thursday night.
Brad Stone joined the Suns on Thursday from Triple-A New Orleans and was sharp at the outset of an emergency spot-start. He retired the first nine Biscuits he faced, not allowing a base-runner as he worked into the fourth inning scoreless.
Biscuits starter Brandon Mann traded zeros with Stone through two innings, but the Suns took the lead with two unearned runs without a hit in the third. Rhyne Hughes committed an error on Spike McDougall's ground ball to start the inning and Mann followed with walks to both Chris Hatcher and Lorenzo Scott to load the bases. A third walk to Chris De La Cruz brought the first run of the game in for Jacksonville, a sacrifice fly from Andy Jenkins brought the second and a 2-0 Suns' lead.
Stone finally conceded a hit to Brandon Chaves in the fourth, but turned aside the Biscuits without a run and then called it a night due to pitch count after four scoreless frames. Adalberto Mendez (2-2) entered in relief for Jacksonville in the fifth inning. He worked three perfect innings, striking out five and earned his second win of the season.
Mann worked into the sixth inning, where he was chased by a two-run home run from Scott Cousins that made it a 4-0 Suns lead. Tim Torres had singled ahead of the blast. Mann (2-2) worked a season-long 5 1/3 innings, but took the loss after surrendering four runs -- two earned -- on two hits. He walked five and struck out three.
The Suns put the game out of reach with four runs off of reliever Ryan Reid in the eighth inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run triple for Lorenzo Scott and an RBI double from De La Cruz. The final run in the inning was due to an error on Cesar Suarez and was unearned. Kasey Olenberger worked the final two innings out of the Suns bullpen, completing the shutout. The shutout marked the second time the Biscuits have been shut out this season.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 6:05 PM. RHP Brian Baker (1-0, 5.40) will make a spot-start for Montgomery against RHP Willie Glen (1-2, 4.44) for Jacksonville.