[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits got the bats out and trounced the Huntsville Stars, 11-3, in the opener of a five-game series on Saturday night at Joe W. Davis Stadium.
The Biscuits jumped on Stars' starter Dave Bush, making a Major League rehab start for Huntsville. He walked Rashad Eldridge to start the game and Eldridge promptly swiped second base. He advanced to third as Fernando Cortez grounded out and came in to score when Chris Nowak singled to right field for a 1-0 lead.
Biscuits' starter Aneury Rodriguez started with three scoreless innings, and Montgomery posted a big-inning to widen their lead in the fourth. Bush started the inning and walked Cody Cipriano with one out. He departed after the walk in favor of right-hander Brandon Kintzler. Kintzler was greeted rudely by Matt Fields who doubled down the left-field line to put runners at second and third. Jason Perry grounded to first base and Cipriano was caught trying to score, but Cody Strait's RBI single plated Fields to make it 2-0 Biscuits. Jason Bowers contributed an infield-single to load the bases and Eldridge cleared the bases with a three-run triple down the right-field line to cap the scoring in the inning at 5-0.
Bush (0-2) was charged with two earned runs despite allowing just one hit over 3 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two to take the loss in the rehab outing.
Huntsville tried to fight back into the ballgame in the fifth inning, plating a pair of earned runs off Rodriguez. The first of those runs came in when Rodriguez walked Michael Garciaparra with the bases loaded. The second came in when Cipriano mishandled a potential double-play ball. Rodriguez recovered to work through the inning without further damage done.
The Biscuits got one of those runs back in the sixth when Eldridge singled home Perry. Eldridge wasn't done for the evening, as the Biscuits put the game well out of reach with five runs in the seventh inning. Eldridge brought in the final run in that inning, on a ground out. The RBI was his fifth of the ballgame, tying Nowak's season-high. After the dust settled, the Biscuits held an 11-2 lead.
Rodriguez (8-10) worked a scoreless sixth after his troubles in the fifth and departed with victory nearly assured. He earned the win, allowing just four hits and two earned runs. He walked two and struck out three.
Eddie Morlan conceded a lone unearned run over two innings of relief to complete the scoring in the ballgame.
Bowers had three hits in the ballgame, while Perry scored three runs. The Biscuits improved to 5-1 on the season against the Stars.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 1:00 PM on Sunday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium. LHP Ryan Morse (2-6, 5.65) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Nick Green (0-4, 3.86) for Huntsville.