Monday, August 10, 2009

Montgomery Biscuits Beat Mobile BayBears 3-2

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

The Biscuits walked off win another win over the Mobile BayBears, as Chris Nowak's flare-single in the bottom of the ninth gave them a 3-2 victory on Sunday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

After erasing a 2-0 deficit, J.T. Hall led off the ninth inning with a bad-hop single off of BayBears' reliever Leyson Septimo. Jason Bowers bunted him to second and he moved to third on a ground-out from Rashad Eldridge. The BayBears intentionally walked Fernando Cortez to get to the right-handed swinging Nowak, who dumped a single just into the outfield-grass in right field to score with the game-winner. Septimo (0-1) was tagged with the loss as the Biscuits recorded their second walk-off win of the series.

Mobile grabbed the lead off Biscuits' starter Aneury Rodriguez in the third inning. Yunesky Sanchez started the uprising with a leadoff single and advanced to second when Evan Frey was hit by a pitch a batter later. Mark Hallberg loaded the bases, rifling a single to right field and Pedro Ciriaco plated two with a single to center field, putting Mobile ahead, 2-0.

Meanwhile, BayBears' starter Cody Evans cruised through four scoreless innings before the Biscuits finally got on the board in the fifth. Hall lifted his fourth home run of the season, leading off the inning, to pull the Biscuits back within a run, 2-1. The opposite-field blast, was Hall's first home run since May 7th, and was the league-leading 22nd allowed this season by Evans.

Jose Lobaton stepped in to lead off the sixth and ripped the first pitch of the inning from Evans over the right-center field wall to tie the ballgame, 2-2. Lobaton's blast was the 23rd of the season conceded by Evans and marked the first home run as a left-handed batter for the switch-hitting catcher.

Evans retired after the sixth inning, and didn't factor in the decision after allowing two earned runs on six hits. Rodriguez also didn't factor in the decision, working an inning longer through seven. Rodriguez allowed two earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.

Jordan Norberto worked two scoreless innings for Mobile to bridge to ninth inning. He struck out three, while keeping the Biscuits at bay on one hit. Paul Phillips (3-2) earned the win for the Biscuits by also working two scoreless innings. Phillips handled the eighth and ninth for his third win, setting up the Biscuits rally in the ninth.

The series finale is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Monday night at Riverwalk Stadium. LHP Darin Downs (0-0, ---) will make his Biscuits' debut against RHP Barry Enright (6-7, 4.38) for Mobile.

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