Saturday, August 8, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Mobile BayBears 7-6 In 10

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

For the third time in four home games, the Biscuits celebrated a walk-off win, defeating the Mobile BayBears, 7-6, in 10 innings on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

With the game tied, 6-6, going to the bottom of the 10th inning, BayBears' reliever Daniel Stange conceded a leadoff single to Fernando Cortez. Chris Nowak stepped in and cracked a single through the hole on the left-side of the infield to move him to second base with nobody out. Jose Lobaton laid down a successful sacrifice-bunt, but Cody Strait grounded out to a drawn-in infield to record the second out. The BayBears walked J.T. Hall intentionally to pitch to right-handed swinging Matt Fields. He took the count full before launching a game-winning single off the wall in left field to score Cortez and give the Biscuits their fifth consecutive win.

The BayBears had jumped on top against Biscuits' starter Brian Baker in the second inning. Ricardo Sosa clubbed a solo-home run to left field for a 1-0 lead. Matt Tupman and Chris Rahl followed with back-to-back singles to put two aboard. A fielder's choice left two aboard with two outs. Mark Hallberg then rolled an infield-single that Brandon Chaves threw past Matt Spring at first base. Two runs scored, putting Mobile out front, 3-0.

As they did in the opener, the Biscuits turned the tables with a big inning. Montgomery exploded against BayBears' starter Wes Roemer in the fourth as Roemer walked Cortez to start the onslaught. Nowak was then hit by a pitch to put two on. A batter later, Strait singled home Cortez and moved Nowak to third to put runners at the corners with one away. Hall then ripped a two-run double off the wall in right-center field to tie the game, 3-3. Chaves walked a batter later and Rashad Eldridge capped the inning by wrapping a three-run home run just inside the right-field foul-pole to put the Biscuits ahead, 6-3.

Baker (6-3) recovered to retire the final seven batters he faced and 11 of the final 12. He worked six innings, allowing three earned runs and didn't factor in the decision. Roemer also rebounded, and lasted through the seventh inning. He also didn't register a decision, as the BayBears rallied to lift him from the hook.

Following Baker's departure, Eddie Morlan entered to work the seventh inning. Rahl greeted him with a single and Frey followed with an RBI double to trim the Biscuits' lead to 6-4. Ciriaco added an RBI single a batter later, and the BayBears tied the game when Bryan Byrne lined a ball to first that Spring dropped, but turned into a double-play. Spring touched first base first however, eliminating the force at second. That allowed the tying run to score, knotting the game, 6-6.

Matt Gorgen turned in two scoreless innings for the Biscuits in the eighth and ninth innings, including escaping a self-created jam in the ninth. Neal Frontz (2-0) earned the win for Montgomery, pitching a perfect 10th inning.

Game three of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium. LHP Mike Wlodarczyk (0-3, 5.92) makes the start for Montgomery against RHP Matt Torra (6-11, 4.07) for Mobile.

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