[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Three runs in the ninth inning gave the Biscuits a, 6-3, win over the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Park on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at three entering the ninth, Desmond Jennings fell behind reliever Marco Carillo 0-2 before fouling off a series of pitches. He finally got one he like and hammered a solo-home run to left field to give the Biscuits a 4-3 lead. The homer held up as the game-winner, but the Biscuits tacked on two more runs to cap the scorer. Carrillo loaded the bases by walking Brandon Chaves, allowing a single to Chris Nowak and plunking Matt Fields. He then walked Rashad Eldridge to bring home Chaves. Carrillo was replaced by Jake Muyco, but he hit Nevin Ashley to push home Nowak and cap the scoring, 6-3.
The Biscuits got on the board first when Jennings cracked a leadoff triple off of Smokies' starter Marcos Mateo to start the third inning. He scored on a passed ball while Nowak batted for a 1-0 lead. The run became earned when Nowak flied out to right field.
The Smokies tied the ballgame in the fourth inning, when Jim Adduci doubled with two out against Biscuits' starter Jeremy Hellickson. Adduci scored to tie the game at one when Tony Thomas bounced softly towards second base and Drew Anderson misplayed the bounder to allow the first run for Tennessee.
Montgomery forged back ahead in the fifth as Pedro Powell opened the inning with a double against Mateo. A batter later, Chaves brought him home with an RBI single and the Biscuits led, 2-1.
The lead was short-lived as Hellickson hit Wellington Castillo to lead off the fifth inning and Marquez Smith launched a two-run home run two batters later to put the Smokies in front for the first time, 3-2.
Mateo called it a night after five innings, ultimately not factoring in the decision. He allowed two earned runs on six hits, walking three and striking out six.
The Biscuits got even off releiver Jeremy Papelbon in the seventh inning. Jennings led off with a bad-hop infield-single and stole second and third base. He scored when Nowak stung a single through the left side of a pulled-in-infield to tie the game, 3-3.
Hellickson worked his longest outing of the season, lasting 6 2/3 innings, but also didn't factor in the decision. He allowed the three runs -- two earned -- on five hits, hitting three batters, walking two and striking out three.
Eddie Morlan (4-4) earned the win for the Biscuits, retiring just one batter to end the eighth inning, prior to the Biscuits rally in the ninth.
Paul Phillips closed out the win with a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season. The Biscuits took a 4-3 advantage in the season-series with the win.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 6:15 PM on Thursday night at Smokies Park. LHP Brandon Mann (4-5, 4.91) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Andrew Cashner (0-0, 1.80) for Tennessee.