[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
After rain showers delayed the start by 46 minutes, the Montgomery Biscuits (9-12) drubbed the Mississippi Braves (9-11), 9-2, on Thursday night at Trustmark Park.
The Biscuits broke out against Mississippi starter Ryne Reynoso in the fourth inning. Rhyne Hughes leading off the inning, stroked a low-flying solo-home run to right field to put the Biscuits on top and seemingly open the flood gates. A batter later, Rashad Eldridge singled. J.T. Hall followed with a two-run blast to center field to give the Biscuits a three-run lead. Matt Spring sparked the Montgomery rally again with a two-out single, and Drew Anderson brought him around with an RBI triple into the right field corner to make it 4-0.
Mississippi struck back in the bottom of the inning, plating a pair of runs on three doubles. Willie Cabrera led off with a double and advanced to third as Eric Campbell followed with a flair double to right field. Cabrera had to hold to make sure Hall was unable to make a diving play on the ball. Biscuits' starter Jeremy Hellickson nearly battled through the jam, striking out Brandon Hicks and Travis Jones, but Phillip Britton cracked a double off the glove of Jason Bowers at third base to score both runners and cut the lead in half, 4-2.
Montgomery got a run back and chased Reynoso in the fifth. Hughes again led off, this time with a single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Rashad Eldridge's RBI double which also signaled the end ot the night for Reynoso. Reynoso (0-2) took the loss for Mississippi over 4 1/3 innings.
Hellickson (2-0) worked six innings, matching his season-high with eight strikeouts, while permitting two runs to earn his second win of the season. The Biscuits tacked on two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Both runs were charged to reliever Steve Marek and scored on an RBI double from Drew Anderson and a sacrifice fly for Desmond Jennings.
Montgomery then capped the scoring with two more runs in the ninth. Hughes led off with his third hit of the night, a single, and scored on a triple from Hall. Hall scored on a wild pitch and finished the night 3-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. He also walked twice and reached base in all five plate appearances. Neal Frontz and Ryan Reid combined on three innings of scoreless relief, with Frontz working the seventh and eighth innings, while Reid closed out the win in the ninth.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Trustmark Park. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (0-3, 8.04) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP Jonny Venters (0-1, 1.47) for Mississippi.