Monday, June 1, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Jacksonville Suns 6-1

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

A five-run sixth inning propelled the Biscuits to a, 6-1, win over the Jacksonville Suns on Monday night at Riverwalk Stadium to even their five-game series at a game apiece.

The Suns struck first against Biscuits' starter Brandon Mann with a run in the second inning. Scott Cousins led off the inning with a single and promptly stole second base. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when Ryan Klosterman singled through a drawn-in infield for a 1-0 lead.

Mann was again superb for the Biscuits, turning in six innings and limiting the Suns to just the lone run on four hits. He matched a season-high with five strikeouts, while walking three. He earned his second consecutive win and fourth on the season.

Suns' starter Willie Glen blanked the Biscuits for the first five innings of the ballgame, but an error on shortstop Chris De La Cruz to start the bottom of the sixth inning opened the flood gates for Montgomery. Jason Bowers reached on that error and advanced to second when Rhyne Hughes sent a flair-single to left field. Fernando Cortez followed with a bloop-single that scored Bowers and tied the game, 1-1. JT Hall then sent a solid single through the hole on the right side of the infield to give the Biscuits their first lead, 2-1. The Suns walked Joe Gaetti to load the bases and went to the bullpen for Chris Leroux. Leroux walked Matt Spring with the bases loaded to plate another run. Pedro Powell then chopped a single through the middle of a pulled in infield to plate two more and put the Biscuits ahead, 5-4.

Glen (1-4) was charged with all five runs -- four earned. He worked 5 1/3 innings to take the loss, permitting five hits, walking three and striking out two.

JT Hall singled home Hughes off of Leroux in the seventh to cap the scoring, 6-1. The Biscuits snapped a four-game losing skid with the victory.

Eddie Morlan worked two scoreless innings of relief, handling the seventh and eighth innings. He handed the game off to Brian Baker, who extended his personal scoreless-inning streak to 17 when he worked a scoreless ninth to finish the ballgame.

Game three of the series is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:05 PM at Riverwalk Stadium. Montgomery will throw RHP Heath Rollins (5-3, 3.83).

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