Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Lose 7-6 To Birmingham Barons

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

The Birmingham Barons completed a four-game sweep of the Biscuits with a 7-6 win on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

With the game tied at five going to the ninth inning, the Barons plated two runs off reliever Paul Phillips (2-1) to claim the win. C.J. Lang led off the inning with a single and after he was sacrificed to second, he scored on a triple from John Shelby III. Shelby scored on a wild pitch from Phillips for a two-run lead, 7-5. The runs were the first of the season allowed by Phillips and sent him to his first loss of the season.

Montgomery attempted to rally back in the bottom of ninth inning, scoring one run off closer Fernando Hernandez, but ultimately coming up a run short to endure their first series sweep of the season.

The Biscuits strung together three hits to start the ballgame against Barons' starter Kyle McCulloch to take a 1-0 lead. Pedro Powell led off the inning with a triple to the right-field corner and came in for the first lead when Brandon Chaves doubled behind him.

The lead was short-lived as Birmingham responded in the second against Biscuits' starter Brian Baker. David Cook and Dayan Viciedo provided back-to-back singles to start the inning before Stefan Gartrell socked a three-run home run well over the wall in left field for a 3-1 lead.

The Biscuits grabbed the lead with four runs -- one earned -- against McCulloch in the fifth inning. Drew Anderson started the rally with a one-out single which Powell followed with a single. Chaves then shot a ball to first base which Christian Marrero threw wide attempting to go to second base. The error on the play loaded the bases for Montgomery. Chris Nowak then rifled an RBI single to center field, which Anderson scored on. However, Powell was out attempting to score on the play. The Biscuits tied the game when Matt Fields singled in Chaves, and Joe Gaetti capped the rally with a two-run single to give the Biscuits a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Flowers scored on a sacrifice fly from CJ Retherford to cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth inning, the final inning for Baker. Birmingham tied the game, 5-5, with an unearned run due to two Biscuits errors in the eighth inning.

Matt Long (1-0) won in relief for Birmingham, working a scoreless eighth inning. Matt Zaleski had worked two scoreless innings before him.

The Biscuits will travel to Kodak, TN to open a four-game series with the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Park. Game one is scheduled for 6:15 PM on Wednesday night with RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 2.45) making the start for Montgomery against RHP Marcos Mateo (2-5, 4.43) for Tennessee.

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