Sunday, August 23, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Huntsville Stars 8-3

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

The Biscuits trounced the Huntsville Stars for the second consecutive day, taking an 8-3 win in game two of a five-game series on Sunday afternoon at Joe W. Davis Stadium. The win marked the Biscuits sixth consecutive victory over Huntsville

A wind-blown triple to start the ballgame for Huntsville's Brett Lawrie put Biscuits' starter Ryan Morse in immediate trouble in the first inning. Shane Justice followed the pop-up down the right-field line with a single into left field to score Lawrie, and the Stars grabbed a quick 1-0 lead.

Stars' starter Nick Green protected that lead in an interesting fashion through four innings. Of the 12 outs recorded, 10 were outs in the air, one was a strikeout and one runner was caught stealing. Green didn't record a ground ball out until J.T. Hall grounded to third to start a scoreless fifth inning turned in by Green.

The wheels fell off the wagon for Green and the Stars in the sixth inning as Rashad Eldridge opened the inning with a single. Jason Bowers then delivered a hit-and-run single to move Eldridge to third and Chris Nowak tied the game with an opposite-field RBI single. Green finally got the first out of the inning, but Cody Strait and Cody Cipriano recorded back-to-back RBI singles, giving Montgomery a 3-1 lead and chasing Green from the ballgame. Bobby Bramhall came on in relief and walked Hall to load the bases. Matt Spring contributed a sacrifice fly to left field and Brandon Chaves capped the inning with a two-run double, pushing the Biscuits in front, 6-1.

Green (0-5) took his fifth consecutive loss for the Stars, ultimately conceding five earned runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Morse (3-6) pitched brilliantly following the brief Stars' uprising in the first inning. He lasted six innings for the win, conceding just the lone earned run on five hits. He walked one and struck out two as he started for the Biscuits for the first time since June 5th.

Montgomery added a run against Bramhall in the seventh inning, when Bowers singled on the infield to start the inning and Nowak doubled him home through the teeth of stiff-wind off the top of the left-center field fence.

Drew Anderson sent a solo-home run off reliever Matt Gorgen in the eighth inning, as Gorgen handled the seventh and eighth innings for Montgomery. The two clubs traded unearned runs in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Game three of the series is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday night at Joe W. Davis Stadium. RHP Rayner Oliveros (5-2, 2.98) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Josh Butler (1-1, 3.20) for Huntsville.


  1. Why is Lawrie already in AA?Its not like he tore up A ball.

  2. How important is Arizona Fall ball?

  3. It can be important for guys who need the extra time(generally due to injury), but with guys who've played every day I'm not sure how much it helps. I remember Reid Brignac went one year and he was just worn down from the entire regular season, so I don't think that did him much good.