[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits raced out in front of the Mobile BayBears, and held off a late-rally to claim an 8-6 win in game three of a five-game series on Saturday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Sparked by a leadoff double from Evan Frey off of Biscuits' starter Brandon Mann, the BayBears jumped to the lead quickly in the first inning. Frey moved to third on a ground out and came in to give the BayBears a 1-0 lead when Pedro Ciriaco lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Biscuits stormed back immediately in the second inning against BayBears' starter Wes Roemer. Jose Lobaton started the inning with a single and Roemer followed with a walk to Matt Fields. Cody Strait then drilled a triple into the left-field corner that cleared the bases, giving the Biscuits a 2-1 advantage. Jason Perry then brought in Strait with a sacrifice fly to center field and Montgomery enjoyed a 3-1 lead.
Four consecutive two-out hits against Roemer for Montgomery in the third inning allowed them to surge ahead, 6-1. Chris Nowak ripped the first hit, a single, into left field, and Jose Lobaton followed with a single to right field. Matt Fields then sent an RBI double to left field, plating Nowak and moving Lobaton to third. Strait then slapped a two-run double down the first-base line, putting Montgomery on top, 6-1.
Mann conceded two runs back to Mobile in the bottom of the third, walking the leadoff man, Eli Rumler. Frey was at it again as he rapped an RBI triple into the right field corner to score Rumler. Frey then came in to make it 6-3 on a sacrifice fly from Mark Hallberg, sent to right field.
Montgomery finally knocked Roemer (9-9) out of the ballgame with their seventh run in the sixth inning. Matt Fields singled to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Brandon Chaves sent an RBI single back up the middle, bringing in Fields and chasing Roemer. He allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
The BayBears returned the favor, getting back in the game and chasing Mann in the sixth. Hallberg led off the inning with a single and Ciriaco doubled behind him to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Ricardo Sosa then lifted a high-flying double into left-center field that glanced off the glove of Pedro Powell. Hallberg scored on the double. Cyle Hankerd followed a shallow-pop to right field that Jason Bowers, the second baseman, fielded. Ciriaco bolted for the plate, and scored ahead of Bowers' throw to trim the Biscuits' advantage to two runs. Sosa advanced to third on the play as Mann departed in favor of Mike Wlodarczyk. Pete Clifford, the first batter faced by Wlodarczyk, bounced out to Chaves, but Sosa came in to make it a one-run game, 7-6.
Montgomery capped the scoring with an insurance-run off of reliever Kyler Newby in the ninth inning. Powell bunted home Bowers, who had doubled to open the inning.
Mann (7-9) earned the win despite allowing six earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Wlodarczyk worked a scoreless inning and a third, while Ryan Reid handled the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save of the season.
Game four of the series is scheduled for 6:05 PM on Sunday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. LHP Alex Torres (0-1, 6.75) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Matt Torra (9-13, 3.80) for Mobile.