Sunday, April 18, 2010
Montgomery Biscuits 5, Carolina Mudcats 3
ZEBULON, NC – The Biscuits hit multiple home runs for the first time this season, and held off a late Mudcats rally for a 5-3 series-clinching victory Saturday night at Five County Stadium.
Matt Fields smashed a three-run shot in the first, scoring Emeel Salem who had singled and Greg Sexton who had walked. The Biscuits made it a 4-0 lead one inning later when Craig Albernaz doubled with one out, advanced to third on a Chris De La Cruz single, and scored when Sean O’Malley grounded out to second.
The Mudcats cut it to 4-1 in the bottom of the second. Chris Denovee led off with the first of his three hits on the night, doubling to left-center. He moved to third on a groundout, then scored on a Michael Griffin sacrifice fly.
Eddie Morlan came on for Montgomery in relief of starter David Newmann in the fifth, and promptly served up a two-run shot to Yonder Alonso to make it 4-3.
Chris De La Cruz knocked his first home run of the season, a solo-shot in the seventh to give the Biscuits an insurance run.
After Paul Phillips worked two innings of scoreless relief for Montgomery, it was Matt Gorgen that came on to try and lock things down. After retiring Griffin for the first out, Sean Danielson singled to left to bring the tying run to the plate. Kris Negron fouled out, and after Yonder Alonso was hit by a pitch, Denis Phipps fouled out to Fields to end the game.
Phillips (1-0) grabs the win, allowing just one hit while fanning two Mudcats in two innings. Newmann takes his second no-decision of the season, pitching four innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out one and walking two. Daryl Thompson (0-1) struck out seven Biscuits hitters, but gave up four earned on five hits in his four innings to take the loss. Gorgen’s save was his second.
RHP Jeremy Hall (0-0, 0.00) throws for the Biscuits on Sunday against Carolina’s LHP Alexander Smit (0-0, 0.00), with the first pitch taking place at 1:00 CT.
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