[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Mobile used three unearned runs to take a lead they never relinquished en route to a 5-2 win over the Biscuits on Sunday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
A sloppy third inning from the Biscuits allowed the BayBears to take a 3-0 lead. Montgomery starter Alex Torres walked Matt Tupman to start the problems with one out. Eli Rumler then sent what appeared to be a double-play ball on the ground to shortstop Brandon Chaves. However, he misplayed the chance and both runners were safe. Torres then walked Evan Frey to load the bases. After Mark Hallberg bounced into a fielder's choice to third base, Pedro Ciriaco sent a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner. Ciriaco wound up at third as J.T. Hall committed the second Biscuits' error in the inning, and the BayBears wound up in front, 3-0. All three runs were charged to Torres and were unearned.
The Biscuits finally got on the board against BayBears' starter Matt Torra in the fifth inning. Torra, who had allowed just two singles into the fifth, was taken deep by Hall. The solo-shot to left-center field cut the Biscuits' deficit to two runs, 3-1. The blast was Hall's fifth of the season, and the 23rd allowed by Torra.
Due to a pitch count, Torres (0-2) was removed in after 4 2/3 innings. He took the loss in his final start of the season, despite not allowing an earned run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four to finish his season.
Torra surrendered a second solo-home run in the seventh inning. Jason Bowers supplied it, slugging his third of the year over the wall in left field as the Biscuits got within a run, 3-2.
Mobile tacked the two runs backed onto their lead against reliever Angel Castro in the seventh inning. Hallberg contributed an RBI single before Castro was lifted from the game in favor of Jose Mejias. Mejias walked Ricardo Sosa with the bases load, forcing a run home. Both runs were charged to Castro as the lead for Mobile increased back to three runs, 5-2.
Torra (10-13) earned his 10th win of the year, working seven innings and allowing just the two solo-home runs to Montgomery. He walked none and struck out six, while the Biscuits managed just six hits against him.
Daniel Stange worked a scoreless eighth inning, and Reid Mahon closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the season.
The Biscuits' season-finale is scheduled for 6:05 PM on Monday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. RHP Brian Baker (5-6, 4.51) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Barry Enright (10-9, 3.96) for Mobile.