[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Aneury Rodriguez turned in five shutout innings and the Biscuits hung on again for a, 5-4, win over the Mobile BayBears in game two of a five-game series from Hank Aaron Stadium on Tuesday night.
For the 12th consecutive road game, the Biscuits got on the board first with two runs off of BayBears' starter Wes Roemer in the second inning. Jason Perry led off the frame and doubled to centerfield. When Rashad Eldridge followed with a single, the Biscuits had runners on the corners with nobody out. J.T. Hall then bounced out to first, but Perry scored to make it 1-0. Eldridge moved to second on the play and scored when Jason Bowers singled up the third base line to give Montgomery a 2-0 lead.
The Biscuits added to the lead with an unearned run, also charged to Roemer, in the third. Roemer walked Desmond Jennings with one out and when a groundball from Brandon Chaves was misplayed by Ricardo Sosa, Jennings wound up at third with Chaves at second. Rhyne Hughes sent a grounder to the right side that was played by Pedro Ciriaco, but Jennings was able to score on the play to give the Biscuits a three-run lead, 3-0.
Montgomery tacked on another unearned run off of Roemer in the fifth inning. Jennings singled on the infield and after advancing on two ground balls to the right side of the infield, he scored when Roemer committed an error while covering first base on a bouncer from Perry. Roemer (0-1) took the loss in his Double-A debut, ultimately allowing four runs - two earned - over six innings of work.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez was rolling, no-hitting the BayBears into the fifth inning. He allowed a single to Pete Clifford in the fifth as the BayBears loaded the bases with one out, but Rodriguez struck out Yunesky Sanchez and flied out Chris Rahl to end the threat and his evening. Rodriguez (1-5) earned his first Double-A victory by shutting out the BayBears for five innings on just one hit. He did walk four, but struck out five.
Mobile finally got on the board in the sixth with a run off of reliever Chris Mason. James Skelton greeted Mason with a single and scored a batter later on an RBI single for Cyle Hankerd. The Biscuits got the run right back in the seventh when Jennings led off and reached second on a two-base throwing error on Sosa. He scored on an RBI single from Perry and the Biscuits led, 5-1.
The BayBears again refused to go quietly, plating two runs off of Mason in the eighth inning to close to 5-3. Rahl led off the inning with an infield single and Mason walked Skelton. Sosa then delivered an RBI double down the line in left field to score Rahl. Mason recovered to strike out Hankerd but Mercado sent a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Skelton and cut the lead to two runs.
Biscuits' closer Calvin Medlock entered for the second straight night, and quickly recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning. Mobile wouldn't go that easily however, as Sanchez doubled to the corner in left field. Rahl followed with an infield single and Chaves attempting to throw out Rahl fired the baseball into the Mobile dugout. Sanchez scored and Rahl, the tying run, advanced to second base. Medlock was unfazed, and quickly popped out Skelton to end the ballgame, 5-4.
The Biscuits will look for the series win in Wednesday's game three scheduled at 11:35 am at Hank Aaron Stadium. RHP Heath Rollins (2-2, 4.05) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Jarrod Parker (1-1, 3.48) for Mobile.