[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Chattanooga Lookouts jumped to the early lead and held on for a series-clinching, 5-3, victory over the Biscuits on Monday night at Riverwalk Stadium. With the win, the Lookouts managed a split of the season-series which concluded with Monday's series final.
The Lookouts came out swinging against Biscuits' starter Brian Baker, plating four runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Baker hit leadoff batter James Tomlin to open the ballgame and Justin Sellers singled behind him. Eddy Perez then ripped a double to the alley in left-center field to score both runners. Two batters later, Perez scored on a double from Russ Mitchell. The Lookouts made it 4-0, when a bunt-single from Victor Mercedes scored Mitchell.
The Biscuits responded in the bottom of the second inning, scoring three runs against Lookouts' starter Kendy Batista. Matt Fields and Cesar Suarez started the inning with back-to-back singles before Joe Gaetti reached on an error to load the bases. A batter later, Jason Bowers sent a ball that took a vicious hop on Sellers at short and allowed two runs to score. Bowers was credited with a single and collected two RBIs. Pedro Powell brought in the third run with a ground out to second base and the Biscuits closed to 4-3.
Chattanooga gained one run back as Andrew Lambo doubled off Baker with one out in the third. Mitchell moved him to third with a single and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Mercedes to stretch the lead back to two runs, 5-3.
Baker (3-1) left the ballgame after the third inning, having surrendered five earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three as he lost for the first time on the season.
Batista (2-0) pitched well outside of the third inning. He continued through the sixth inning, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits. He claimed his second win of the season, walking none and striking out four.
Jesus Rodriguez worked a scoreless seventh for the Lookouts, while Paul Koss kept the Biscuits at bay in the eighth. Matt Sartor closed the ballgame with a scoreless ninth and earned fourth save of the season.
The Biscuits got six scoreless innings of relief from the bullpen in the losing effort. Ryan Morse worked three scoreless frames, while rehabbing Chad Bradford worked one inning in front of Neal Frontz who took the final two.
The Biscuits enjoy a league-wide off day on Tuesday before opening a five-game series against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx at Pringles Park in Jackson, TN, on Wednesday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Chris Mason (2-3, 7.16) will make the start for the Biscuits in game one against RHP Steve Bray (1-3, 3.32) for the Diamond Jaxx.