[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Jeremy Horst took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and ultimately turned in seven sterling innings as the Mudcats claimed a series win with a 6-4 triumph at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday night.
Brian Baker and Horst traded scoreless innings through the second, and Baker ran into trouble first in the third inning. Logan Parker started the problems for Baker with a lead-off single. A batter later Kris Negron singled to put two aboard with one out. Baker struck out Jose Castro, but things went south from there. Sean Henry singled home Parker and on the play a throwing error charged to Cody Cipriano allowed Negron to score as well. Yonder Alonso then singled home Henry to make it 3-0. Zack Cozart then singled to extend the inning for Shaun Cumberland. Cumberland bounced a ball to third baseman Chris Nowak, which was misplayed initially by Nowak. He then compounded the error by forcing an errant throw to first base, which allowed Alonso to score the fourth run on the inning.
Baker (5-6) departed after five innings and took the loss for Montgomery. He allowed seven hits and four runs -- three earned. He did record a season-high eight strikeouts, but the Biscuits fell for the seventh time in his last eight starts.
The Mudcats extended their lead as Eddie Morlan worked his way into trouble with a pair of walks to Negron and Castro to lead off the seventh inning. A batter later, Alonso doubled into the alley in right-center field to score both and give the Biscuits a 6-0 lead.
Horst walked the lead-off batter in the ballgame, but did little wrong after that point. He walked three, but held the Biscuits hitless through six innings. He struck out Fernando Cortez to start the seventh inning, but Nowak recorded the Biscuits' first hit with a one-out double shot just out of the reach of Alonso at first base. A batter later, Cipriano brought in Nowak with a single to put the Biscuits on the board.
Montgomery had one charge in them in the ninth inning, plating three runs off of Sean Watson, but falling short in their final home game of the season. Montgomery finishes the season 30-39 at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Biscuits enjoy an off day on Wednesday, before opening their final five-game series of the season on Thursday night at 7:05 PM against the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium.