[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Rhyne Hughes homered and drove in three runs as the Biscuits (17-17) beat the Mobile BayBears for the fourth consecutive game, 4-2, at Hank Aaron Stadium on Thursday night.
For the 14th consecutive road ballgame, the Biscuits scored first, plating a lone run in the first inning against BayBears' starter Barry Enright. Desmond Jennings led off the ballgame with a double down the third base line, and scored two batters later when Jason Perry brought him in with an RBI groundout to the right side of the infield.
Biscuits' starter Jason Cromer continued the solid starting pitching trend for Montgomery in the series. He allowed a leadoff double in the first inning to Chris Rahl, but got of the inning unscathed and didn't allow another hit until a two-out single in the fourth inning. He raced through five scoreless innings, allowing only Rahl past first base.
Enright also settled in nicely, and Jennings was the only Biscuits to advance past first base as Enright held Montgomery at bay through the sixth inning.
Mobile finally broke through against Cromer in the sixth when Rahl led off with a single and advanced to second base on a bunt-single from Mark Hallberg. Ricardo Sosa then singled back up the middle to plate Rahla and tie the game, 1-1. Mobile took their first lead of the series after the Biscuits had intentionally walked Orlando Mercado to load the bases. Pete Clifford sent a groundball to first base and Rhyne Hughes had no choice but to take the out at first and allow the lead run to score.
The Biscuits, who hadn't trailed in the series, responded immediately in the top of the seventh inning. Jason Bowers led off with a single off of Enright to put a man aboard for Hughes. Hughes promptly belted his league-leading 12th home run of the season over the wall in right field to deliver the lead back to the Biscuits, 3-2.
Cromer (3-1) and Enright (1-3) each turned the ballgame over to the bullpen following the seventh. Cromer worked seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Enright departed after allowing three earned runs on five hits including the Hughes' home run.
Looking for insurance in the ninth, Jennings was walked by reliever Clay Zavada to start the inning. Bowers then bunted Jennings to second base before Hughes grabbed the spotlight again, this time with an RBI double to left field that plated Jennings capped the scoring, 4-2.
Neal Frontz and Calvin Medlock each worked one perfect inning of relief, with Frontz taking the eighth, and Medlock earning his eighth save with a perfect inning in the ninth. It was the third save in the series for Medlock who is now tied for the league-lead with Mississippi's Rafael Cruz with eight.
The Biscuits will have the chance for the first five-game sweep of the BayBears in franchise history in the series finale scheduled for Friday night at 7:05 PM at Hank Aaron Stadium. LHP Ryan Morse (2-4, 4.39) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Cody Evans (2-3, 3.68) for the BayBears.