[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Biscuits' starter Heath Rollins worked eight strong innings to lead Montgomery to a, 5-1, win over the Jacksonville Suns on Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
For the second straight ballgame, Fernando Cortez gave the Biscuits the lead in the first inning. After homering in the first inning of game two, Cortez rifled a triple off the wall in right-center field off of Suns' starter Brad Stone to score Brandon Chaves who had doubled with one out.
Jacksonville again responded in the bottom of the inning. Bryan Petersen, Lorenzo Scott and Logan Morrison provided three consecutive singles to start the game against Rollins. The hits loaded the bases, and after Rollins got a force-out of Petersen at the plate, Scott Cousins tied the game, 1-1, with a fielder's choice bouncer to second base.
The Biscuits were at it again in the second, plating a second run off Stone to reclaim the lead, 2-1. Matt Fields started the inning with a single and singles for Nevin Ashley and Jason Bowers loaded the bases with one out. Desmond Jennings sent a ball to the middle of the infield that was played into a fielder's choice at second base. However, Fields scored and the Biscuits had the lead back, 2-1.
Stone conceded a third run in the third inning when he walked Cortez with one out. Cesar Suarez singled behind him and Fields ripped a double into the alley in right-center field to plate him and give the Biscuits a 3-1 advantage.
Stone (1-1) departed the ballgame after three innings, having conceded three earned runs on seven hits. He took the loss, his first of the season.
Garrett Parcell relieved Stone and pitched well for two scoreless innings. However, he ran into trouble in his third, the sixth inning, as the Biscuits stretched their lead to four with a pair of runs. Parcell walked Ashley to begin the inning and Bowers lined a single to right field to put two aboard. They both advanced on a passed ball charged to Brad Davis and sat at second and third with nobody out. Jay Voss was brought in from the bullpen and the lefty got past Jennings, but Chaves cracked a two-run single to left-center field to extend the Biscuits lead to 5-1. Both runs were charged to Parcell.
Meanwhile, Rollins (7-6) had settled in nicely and carried the Biscuits for eight innings. Matching the longest outing of the season for a Biscuits' starter he allowed just one run on seven hits, walking none and striking out five. He finished his outing in style, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters that he faced. He claimed his sixth win on the road this season, and seventh overall.
Neal Frontz, pitching in front of numerous friends and family in his hometown, worked an incident-free scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory. The Biscuits take a 2-1 lead in the six-game set with the win.
Game four of the series is scheduled for 6:05 PM on Wednesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (4-8, 6.27) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Cristhian Martinez (6-2, 1.96) for Jacksonville.