[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits scored eight unanswered runs and battered the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 8-1, in front of 6,737 on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
Biscuits' starter Jeremy Hellickson walked leadoff batter Brent Johnson to start the ballgame, leading to the first run of the game for West Tenn. Greg Halman doubled behind Johnson, moving him to third and Marshall Hubbard gave the Jaxx the lead with a sacrifice fly.
The lead didn't last long as Jaxx starter Steve Bray found immediate trouble in the bottom of the inning when Desmond Jennings led off with a double. A batter later, Chris Nowak tied the game, 1-1, with an RBI single.
Hellickson (3-1) settled in nicely following the first inning and ultimately worked six innings, allowing just the lone run on three hits. He won for the third time on the season, walking one and striking out six.
The Biscuits pulled ahead with three runs against Bray in the second inning. Cody Cipriano led off the inning with a single and scored on an RBI double from Joe Gaetti. Later in the inning, two Biscuits scored a single from Rashad Eldridge, putting the Biscuits in front, 4-1.
Montgomery slowly extended that lead with an unearned run courtesy of a Nevin Ashley RBI single in the fifth inning. The hit, which plated Cipriano, chased Bray (2-5) from the ballgame. He took the loss over 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits.
Eldridge made it 6-1 with an RBI double off reliever Josh Fields in the sixth inning and the Biscuits picked up two runs to cap the scoring in the seventh.
Matt Gorgen made his Biscuits' debut in relief of Hellickson and turned in two scoreless innings, before handing it off to Ryan Reid for the ninth. Reid tossed a perfect frame to end it, as the Biscuits claimed just their second home series win of the season.
The series finale is scheduled for 6:05 PM on Sunday night at Riverwalk Stadium. LHP Brandon Mann (5-5, 4.62) will make the start for Montgomery against LHP Nick Hill (2-3, 2.84) for West Tenn.