Monday, June 1, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Lose 5-4 To Jacksonville Suns In 10

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

Lorenzo Scott homered twice as the Jacksonville Suns defeated the Biscuits, 5-4, in 10 innings in the series-opener of a five-game series on Sunday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Biscuits forced extra-innings, battling from behind for the third time to take the game to a 10th inning, but Scott led off the 10th off of Montgomery closer Calvin Medlock with his second home run of the night. His blast to left field the decisive blow in the ballgame. Medlock (0-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season.

It took Jacksonville one pitch to take the lead in the opener as Scott homered on the first offering of the ballgame from Biscuits' starter Ryan Morse. The blast to right-center field put the Suns on top, 1-0.

The Biscuits tied the game with a run off of Suns' starter Nick Ungs in the bottom of the inning. Ungs issued back-to-back walks to Jason Bowers and Rhyne Hughes with one out and a batter later Cesar Suarez drove home Bowers with an RBI single to tie the game, 1-1.

The Suns took their second lead in the top of the third when Morse walked Chris Hatcher to lead off the inning. Scott singled him to second and the pair moved up a base on a ground out from Andy Jenkins. Hatcher scored on a passed ball charged to Matt Spring for a 2-1 lead.

This time it took the Biscuits just one pitch to respond as Rhyne Hughes cracked his league-leading 14th home run of the season off of Ungs on the first pitch of the bottom of the third inning. Hughes matched his career-high with the solo-shot, having homered 14 times last season and also in 2007.

The Suns assumed the lead for a third time in the fourth inning. Morse issued a two-out walk to Spike McDougall and it cost him as the next batter, Chris Hatcher, lifted a two-run home run to right field for a 4-2 Jacksonville lead. The second home run of the season for Hatcher was also his second against Montgomery.

The Biscuits managed a run to pull within one in the seventh, but squandered a big opportunity in the process. With Adalberto Mendez on in relief for Jacksonville, Desmond Jennings and Bowers contributed back-to-back singles to put two aboard. Mendez then walked Hughes to load the bases and Fernando Cortez to tie the game, 4-4. The walk to Cortez left the bases loaded with nobody out, but the Biscuits couldn't capitalize any further.

Montgomery came right back and tied the game again in the eighth inning when Hughes came through again, plating Matt Spring who had been walked by reliever Jay Voss. Kasey Olenberger allowed the double, but took the win, returning to work a scoreless ninth inning to send the game to extra-innings.

Matt Peterson nailed down the win for Jacksonville. He earned his ninth save of the season by striking out the side after Pedro Powell had singled to start the inning and stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out. The Biscuits stranded 14 runners in the loss.

The series continues with game two scheduled for 7:05 PM at Riverwalk Stadium on Monday night. LHP Brandon Mann (3-2, 3.93) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Willie Glen (1-3, 4.19) for Jacksonville.

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