[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Brandon Chaves delivered the game-winning single as the Biscuits claimed a walk-off win, 2-1, over the Huntsville Stars on Thursday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
With the game tied, 1-1, entering the bottom of the ninth inning, reliever Robert Hinton retired the first two Biscuits to leave the bases empty with two down. Matt Spring sparked the game-winning rally with an infield-single and was replaced by pinch-runner Pedro Powell. Powell stole second base just ahead of the throw and scored the winning run on Chaves' single to right field. Hinton (0-5) was tagged with the loss.
The Stars rallied with two outs against Biscuits' starter Rayner Oliveros in the first inning to take the game's first lead. After retiring the first two batters, Oliveros walked Drew Anderson, who promptly stole second base. Jonathan Lucroy floated an RBI single to right-center field to score Anderson and give Huntsville a 1-0 lead.
The Biscuits got even without a hit in the fifth inning. Stars' starter Mark Holliman had kept the Biscuits at bay until he walked Chaves to start the inning. With Desmond Jennings at the plate, Chaves advanced all the way to third on a wild pitch. Jennings struck out, but with Fernando Cortez batting, Holliman was wild again to the backstop, allowing Chaves to come in and tie the game, 1-1.
Oliveros departed after six strong innings, but did not factor in the decision. He allowed just the lone run on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Holliman was also lifted after six innings, and also didn't register a decision. He conceded just a lone run on four hits, walking three and striking out four.
Montgomery's bullpen was sensational in the win, with Neal Frontz working two perfect innings of relief, before Matt Gorgen retired the Stars in order in the ninth. Gorgen (1-1) earned the win, as Biscuits' hurlers retired the final 11 Stars in the ballgame.
The series finale is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium. LHP Brandon Mann (5-7, 4.55) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP David Welch (5-7, 4.74) for Huntsville.