Saturday, July 4, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Lose 5-3 To Jacksonville Suns

Montgomery Biscuits[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]

The Suns scored five unanswered runs to race past the Biscuits, 5-3, on Friday night in front of 8,986 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Pitching dominated the first two innings of the ballgame before the Biscuits broke through with three unearned runs off of Suns' starter Willie Glen in the third. Nevin Ashley singled to start the inning and advanced to second a batter later when Desmond Jennings reached on an error on third baseman Lee Mitchell. With two outs, Glen walked Rashad Eldridge and Fernando Cortez ran his hit-streak to 11-games with a two-run single, scoring Ashley and Jennings. Matt Fields then singled to bring in Eldridge, completing the three-run inning.

Biscuits' starter Jeremy Hellickson worked three scoreless innings before the Suns got on the board in the fourth. Hellickson walked Mitchell with two outs, and on the first pitch, Kevin Randel belted a two-run home run over the bleachers in right field to cut the Biscuits lead to 3-2.

The lead vanished when Bryan Petersen also connected for a home run off Hellickson in the fifth inning. It marked the third home run of the series for Petersen and the first time Hellickson had conceded more than one home run in an outing.

Hellickson departed after five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five, receiving a no-decision and handing it off to Chris Mason.

Glen (2-6) recovered from his troubles in the third inning and worked through seven innings to earn the win. He allowed just the three unearned runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three as he won for the first time since April 16th.

The Suns plated the winning run off Mason in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ryan Klosterman singled to start the inning and was singled to third a batter later by Petersen. Lorenzo Scott brought him in with a sacrifice fly to left field for a 4-3 lead. Mason (3-5) took the loss for the Biscuits.

The Suns tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning, as Scott Cousins drove a solo-home run to right field off of Neal Frontz to extend the lead to 5-3.

Jay Voss worked a perfect two innings of relief to earn his first save of the season, striking out four to secure the win. The two clubs split the series three games apiece, while Jacksonville finished the season-series with a 12-9 advantage.

The Biscuits open a four-game series on Saturday night against the Birmingham Barons at Riverwalk Stadium at 7:05 PM. LHP Brandon Mann (4-4, 4.82) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Justin Cassel (0-0, 3.86) for Birmingham.

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