[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits blitzed the Tennessee Smokies and posted their most lop-sided win of the season, 15-1, on Friday night at SmokiesPark. With the win, the Biscuits claimed both the current four-game series and also the season-series with Tennessee.
The Biscuits came out swinging against Tennessee starter Casey Coleman in the first inning. Jason Bowers started a string of five consecutive hits with a one-out single. Chris Nowak followed with a single and Fernando Cortez drove in Bowers with an RBI single that gave the Biscuits a 1-0 lead. The single for Cortez also extended his league-best hit-streak to 15 games. Matt Fields then ripped a single to score Nowak and Nevin Ashley lifted an RBI double to right-center field to plate Cortez. Joe Gaetti capped the four-run inning with a sacrifice fly to center to score Fields, giving the Biscuits an early 4-0 advantage.
The Smokies got a run back off of Biscuits starter Heath Rollins in the second inning. Rollins delivered a first-pitch fast ball, which Ty Wright crunched to left field for a solo-home run to pull Tennessee within three runs, 4-1.
Coleman was chased in the fourth inning as the Biscuits broke the game open. Gaetti singled with one out and Coleman walked J.T. Hall to put two aboard. Drew Anderson then singled to load the bases for Desmond Jennings. Jennings walked on four pitches to push home a run as Gaetti scored. Bowers then sent a ground ball to third base that Marquez Smith attempted to come home with, but threw away, allowing two more runs to score. Both runs were unearned, but Coleman departed the ballgame, trailing, 7-1.
The Biscuits added a run off reliever Alex Maestri in the fifth inning as Hall drove in Fields with an RBI single for an 8-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Rollins was cruising to his seventh road win of the season. Rollins (8-7) allowed just a lone run on five hits over seven innings, his fine performance lost amidst the offensive barrage.
Coleman (9-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs -- five earned -- both season-highs. He allowed seven hits and walked two as the Biscuits snapped his personal three-start win-streak.
The Biscuits rubbed salt in the wounds with seven runs over the final two innings to establish season-highs in both runs and hits (19). The onslaught included a two-run Gaetti home run in the eighth inning and a Jennings RBI triple in the ninth.
The series finale is scheduled at 6:15 PM on Saturday night at SmokiesPark. RHP Aneury Rodriguez (4-9, 5.79) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Hung-Wen Chen (4-7, 5.81) for Tennessee.