[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Birmingham Barons held off the Biscuits in a slugfest, 14-8, on Monday night at Regions Park, winning game four and in-turn the series. The Barons have taken three of the first four game in the series.
The Barons came flying out of the gates in the first inning, plating five immediate runs off of Biscuits' starter Aneury Rodriguez. Jordan Danks singled to start the game and CJ Retherford singled to put two aboard. A batter later, Rodriguez walked Brandon Allen to load the bases. Dayan Viciedo then contributed an RBI single to put the Barons on the board. Back-to-back two-run doubles from David Cook and Stefan Gartrell followed to cap a five-run inning and put Birmingham in front, 5-0.
Montgomery showed signs that they wouldn't roll over with two runs off of Brian Omogrosso in the third inning. Cesar Suarez tripled to start the inning and scored on a Nevin Ashley groundout. Jason Bowers then sparked the inning again with a double. He advanced to third on a Pedro Powell single and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Barons' lead to 5-2.
Undeterred, Birmingham attacked Rodriguez again in the third inning. Allen led off the inning with a solo-home run to right field. Viciedo then singled ahead of a two-run home run from Cook which increased the lead to 8-2 and chased Rodriguez from the ballgame.
Ryan Morse, who took the loss for the Biscuits as the starter in game one of the series entered in relief of Rodriguez with nobody out in the third. Gartrell greeted him with a single and stole second base. Morse recorded two outs at the bottom of the order, but walked Danks to put two aboard. C.J. Retherford singled home a run and a batter later Allen, who had already homered in the inning delivered a two-run single to complete a six-run inning. Morse was charged with three runs as the Barons took an 11-2 lead.
Rodriguez (2-8) was tagged with his eighth loss of the season, tying him for the league lead, as he allowed a season-high eight earned runs on eight hits over two-plus innings. The outing was his shortest of the season.
The Biscuits roared back with five runs off of Omogrosso in the fourth inning. Rhyne Hughes started the inning with a single, the first of five consecutive hits for Montgomery. Fernando Cortez followed with an RBI triple and then scored on a single from J.T. Hall. Suarez then singled two put two on and Ashley plated both with a two-run double. The Biscuits trailed, 11-7.
Suarez contributed another RBI when he bounced out to score Cortez in the fifth as the Biscuits climbed back within three runs. Omogrosso (6-2) labored through five innings and earned the win, despite allowing eight runs on 10 hits
Matt Zaleski was brilliant in relief for Birmingham, no-hitting Montgomery over four scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the season.
The Barons tacked on three runs off reliever Rayner Oliveros in the eighth inning to cap the scoring. Allen finished the night 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs, while Gartrell and Cook each drove in four.
Pat Burrell went 0-for-5 in his first game of rehab. He struck out three times while serving as the Biscuits' designated hitter, batting third.
The series finale is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Tuesday night at Regions Park. RHP Brian Baker (2-0, 3.12) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Kyle McCulloch (5-5, 3.93) for Birmingham.