Monday, June 8, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Birmingham Barons 3-0

Montgomery Biscuits[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]

The Biscuits broke a scoreless-tie with three runs in the top of the 10th inning and defeated the Birmingham Barons, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Regions Park.

With John Lujan (0-3) back for his third inning of relief in a scoreless game, Jason Bowers sent an infield-single with one out in the 10th inning to spark the game-winning rally. Rhyne Hughes then singled to move Bowers to third base, putting runners on the corners with one out. Fernando Cortez then flared a single to short-left field to score Bowers with what amounted to the game-winning run. Hughes aggressively took third on the play with Cortez in to second on the throw to third base. The Barons summoned Clevelan Santeliz from the bullpen, but his first pitch was wild to the back-stop, allowing Hughes to score a second run. Cortez then came charging down the line from third, as the Biscuits used a suicide-squeeze bunt for a third run. J.T. Hall got the bunt down to score Cortez for a 3-0 lead.

Eddie Morlan (2-3) earned the win for the Biscuits working two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. He came back for the 10th, but walked the leadoff batter before giving way to Mike Wlodarczyk. The lefty promptly mowed down three Barons in succession to earn his second save of the season.

Both starting pitcher dominated the early portion of the ballgame. John Ely worked six scoreless innings for the Barons, allowing just four hits -- all singles -- while walking three and striking out three. He continued a scoreless string for Barons' starting pitchers in the series. Barons' starters haven't allowed a Biscuits run in 20 innings of work through three games in the series.

Biscuits' starter Heath Rollins was even better. He twirled seven scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits. He walked one and allowed just four total base runners for Birmingham, with only one advancing past second base. The seven innings matched a season-high for Rollins, who like Ely, didn't factor in the decision.

The Barons employed reliever Jhonny Nunez in the seventh inning, and he walked the bases loaded before striking out Bowers to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.

The win is the first for the Biscuits in extra-innings this season (1-3) and snaps a six-game losing-streak against the Barons.

Game four of the series is scheduled for Monday night at Regions Park at 7:05 PM. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2-7, 5.90) will start for Montgomery against RHP Brian Omogrosso (5-2, 3.86) for Birmingham.

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