Thursday, July 2, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Lose 7-6 To Jacksonville Suns In 12

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

The Jacksonville Suns skipped off winners on Wednesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville as Lorenzo Scott broke a 6-6 tie with a solo-home run to leadoff the 12th inning, giving the Suns a 7-6 win.

Scott, facing Eddie Morlan cracked the first pitch of the inning on a low-flying line into the bleachers in right field to provide the game-winner for the Suns. The home run was the fourth for the Suns in the ballgame, the most the Biscuits have surrendered thus far this season in a single ballgame. Morlan (3-4) took the loss for Montgomery, as Jacksonville also iced the season-series win over the Biscuits with their 11th victory of the season against Montgomery.

A.J. Battisto (1-0), making his first appearance for the Suns, pitched a scoreless top of the 12th inning and was the winner for Jacksonville.

Desmond Jennings sparked the Biscuits as they opened the scoring in the first inning for the third straight night. Jennings doubled off Cristhian Martinez and a batter later Rashad Eldridge doubled down the right field line to give the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.

The Biscuits promptly lost the lead in the bottom of the inning as Aneury Rodriguez conceded back-to-back solo-home runs to put Jacksonville in front, 2-1. Top prospects Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton each homered to right, and opposite-field blast for the right-handed Stanton. Stanton's home run was originally ruled as a double until argued by Suns' manager Brandon Hyde and overturned by third base umpire Craig Barron.

Jason Bowers triggered a three-run inning as the Biscuits reclaimed the lead against Martinez, 4-2. Bowers doubled, and two batters later Eldridge tied the game with an RBI single. Fernando Cortez followed with a two-run home run to right field to pull the Biscuits back in front. It marked the fifth home run of the season for Cortez, three of which have wound up in the bleachers at the Baseball Grounds.

The Suns received an unearned run on an error on Nevin Ashley in the third inning, but the Biscuits got the run back when Eldridge drove in his third run of the night with a sacrifice fly to score Bowers off of Martinez in the fifth inning and the Biscuits led, 5-3.

Stanton stepped in against Rodriguez again in the sixth inning, and this time without controversy he delivered a majestic solo-home run to left-center field that trimmed the Biscuits lead to one run at 5-4. Stanton's second home run of the ballgame was also his fifth of the season.

Rodriguez departed after six innings, the three home runs he conceded giving him the league-lead for home runs allowed with 14. However outside of those mistakes, he pitched solidly, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on four hits. He struck out six and walked one. He did not factor in the decision.

The Suns pulled ahead with two runs in the seventh. Ryan Reid entered for Rodriguez and conceded a leadoff single to Ryan Klosterman. A batter leader Bryan Petersen put runners at second and third with one out by doubling to left field. The Biscuits called on Mike Wlodarczyk, but Scott sent a sacrifice fly to centerfield to tie the game, 5-5. The Suns took the lead when Morrison singled back up the middle to plate Petersen for a 6-5 lead. Both runs were charged to Reid.

The Southern League's leading closer, Matt Peterson, got the call in the ninth. He blew his second save of the series as the Biscuits survived being pushed to their final strike. Peterson struck out Fields and pinch-hitting J.T. Hall for the first two outs of the inning. Peterson then got up two strikes on Ashley before hitting him with a fastball to extend the ballgame. Drew Anderson, who entered for Jason Bowers when Bowers went down with an apparent injury in the seventh inning, then batted for the first time and cranked a single to right field that moved Ashley to third base. Jennings rolled a ball softly toward third base and beat the throw from Mitchell as Ashley scored to tie the game, 6-6.

Game five of the series is scheduled for 6:05 PM on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds. RHP Brian Baker (4-1, 3.13) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Nic Ungs (4-1, 1.50) for Jacksonville.

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