[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits jumped to lead early and held on late to snap a four-game losing streak with a, 8-6, win over the Mobile BayBears in the series opener of a five-game set at Hank Aaron Stadium on Monday night.
For the 11th straight road game, the Biscuits struck first. Jason Perry opened the second inning with a solo-home run to right field off of Mobile starter Matt Torra for a 1-0 Biscuits lead.
Montgomery got right back after Torra and plated three runs in the third inning. Rashad Eldridge rolled a double down the right field line to start the inning and advanced when Brandon Chaves followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Rhyne Hughes brought home Eldridge with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Biscuits a 2-0 lead. Chaves took second on the throw home and scored a batter later when Perry rifled a double in the right-center field alley. J.T. Hall singled to move Perry to third and he scored from there on a Fernando Cortez groundout to make it 4-0.
Torra (1-3) departed after three innings and took the loss, having surrendered four earned runs on six hits. The scheduled starter for game one, Cody Evans, replaced him in the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, Brandon Mann making his first start at the Double-A level was cruising. Mann (2-0) earned the win for the Bisuits after no-hitting Mobile into the fifth inning and ultimately working five innings and conceding just a lone run to the bayBears on two hits. That run scored in the fifth, when Pedro Ciriaco singled in Chris Rahl after Mann had walked Rahl with two outs. Mann made his first start due to the absence of Jeremy Hellickson, who was forced to the disabled list with a mild shoulder sprain.
Mobile cut the Biscuits lead to two runs with a run in the sixth inning. Eddie Morlan entered in relief of Mann and permitted a one-out single to Mark Hallberg. Gerardo Parra followed with a single and Hallberg scored when Ricardo Sosa sent a ground ball to short which was misplayed by Chaves.
The Biscuits attempted to secure their lead with four runs in the eighth inning. Jason Bowers started the rally with a one-out single and Matt Spring doubled behind him to put runners at second and third with one out. With Drew Anderson at the plate, the Biscuits put the squeeze play on a Anderson successfully laid down a bunt in front of home plate that scored Bowers. Anderson also reach on the play. Eldridge followed with an RBI single to score Spring and the BayBears went to the bullpen for Daniel Schlereth. After Chaves singled, Hughes sent a ball high off the batter's eye in center field. The two lead runners scored to make it 8-2, but Chaves was cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning.
Mobile didn't roll over, scoring four times in the bottom of the inning off of reliever Neal Frontz to climb back in to the game at 8-6. Mark Hallberg led off the inning with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ricardo Sosa after two wild pitches had moved him to third base. Orlando Mercado would chip in an RBI single and Pedro Ciriaco capped the scoring with a two-run single. The Biscuits were forced back to the bullpen after Ciriaco's single and they turned to closer Calvin Medlock. The righty proceeded to strike out Evan Frey with the tying runs aboard to end the inning. Medlock then turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his sixth save of the year.
Game two of the series will also begin at 7:05 PM on Tuesday at Hank Aaron Stadium. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (0-5, 7.00) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Wes Roemer (0-0, ---) making his Double-A debut for Mobile.