[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits prevailed in a pitcher's duel, 1-0, answering their shutout loss in game one with a win over the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
Pitching dominated into the seventh inning as both starters excelled. Biscuits' starter Brandon Mann made a perfect first trip through the Smokies order en route to 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out a season-high six, all in the first four innings.
The Biscuits finally broke through against Smokies' starter Marcos Mateo in the seventh inning. Mateo had matched the efforts of Mann with six scoreless two-hit innings before walking Cesar Suarez and J.T. Hall back-to-back to open the frame. After Mateo was lifted in favor of Marco Carrillo, Joe Gaetti advanced Suarez to third with a fly out to right field. Nevin Ashley then came to the plate and sent a single to centerfield to score Suarez with the eventual game-winner.
When Mann departed the ballgame with two outs and two on in the seventh, Eddie Morlan was summoned to finish the inning. He did so, and also worked a scoreless eighth and recorded the first out in the ninth. With lefty Tyler Colvin coming up, the Biscuits called upon Mike Wlodarczyk to finish the ballgame. Colvin singled on the infield, but Darwin Barney lifted the second out to right field. Doug Deeds then sent a come-backer off the leg of Wlodarczyk that ricocheted to Jason Bowers at second base. Deeds reached safely, but Colvin inexplicably broke for third base and was out on a throw from Bowers to end the ballgame.
Morlan (3-3) was credited with his third win of the season as Wlodarczyk posted his fifth save of the year. Mateo (1-5) was a hard-luck loser for the Smokies.
Game three of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Wednesday night at Riverwalk Stadium. RHP Heath Rollins (6-5, 3.74) will start for the Biscuits against RHP Casey Coleman (6-3, 3.03) for Tennessee.