[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Three Birmingham hurlers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Barons rolled to a series opening, 6-0, win over the Biscuits on Friday night at Regions Park.
After two scoreless innings, the Barons broke through against Biscuits' starter Ryan Morse in the third inning. Javier Colina led off the inning with a single before Morse walked C.J. Lang to put two aboard. John Shelby singled to load the bases and C.J. Retherford put the Barons on the board with an RBI single to plate Colina. Tyler Flowers with a double to left field, scoring two for a 3-0 lead. Brandon Allen brought in the fourth run with a groundout to the right side of the infield and Dayan Viciedo capped the inning with a two-run home run to right field giving the Barons a 6-0 lead.
Morse (2-5) was charged with all six runs in the third inning, chased from the ballgame following the frame. He took the loss, working three innings and allowing the six runs on seven hits and a walk.
Meanwhile, Barons' starter Aaron Poreda (5-4) worked around five walks to shutout the Biscuits for six innings. The top-pitching prospect in the White Sox chain earned win for Birmingham, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. The win marked the second time Poreda has beaten the Biscuits and Morse this season, turning in a similar result at Riverwalk Stadium on May 9th.
In his return outing with the Biscuits, Chris Mason looked impressive out of the bullpen, working three scoreless innings and ending his evening by retiring eight straight Barons.
Paul Phillips, promoted earlier in the day from Charlotte, made his Biscuits debut and worked a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Regions Park on Saturday night. LHP Brandon Mann (4-2, 3.59) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Lucas Harrell (6-2, 3.60) for the Barons.