Saturday, April 10, 2010

Montgomery Biscuits fall to Mobile Bay Bears in extra innings

The Game: For the second night in a row, the Montgomery Biscuits and Mobile Bears needed extra innings to determine a winner. After thirteen innings, the Biscuits fell to the Bay Bears 9-4 at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Biscuits took the lead right at the start, posting a run in the first inning. Shawn O'Malley singled to short followed by a walk to Emeel Salem. Matt Fields drove O'Malley home with a single to right to give the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.

Mobile posted two runs in the second to take the lead. Konrad Schmidt drew a walk then moved to third on a double by Sean Coughlin. Taylor Harbin singled up the middle to score Schmidt and move Coughlin to third. Jacob Elmore drove home a run with a sac fly to give the Bay Bears a 2-1 lead.

Mobile added two more runs an inning later. Evan Frey singled to right to lead off the inning. Colin Cowgill followed with a double to give them two runners in scoring position. Sean Coughlin drove home both runs with a single to first aided by an errant throw giving Mobile a 4-1 lead.

The Biscuits began a comeback in the sixth inning. Greg Sexton reached on error to lead off the inning. Jose Lobaton later reached on another error, moving Sexton to third. Cody Strait followed, hitting into a force out that eliminated Lobaton at second but wasn't enough to score Sexton so the Biscuits had runners on the corners. Strait stole second to move into scoring position. Cody Cipriano drove home the runners with a single to left to pull the Biscuits to within a run of the lead 4-3.

The Biscuits tied the game in the eighth inning. Matt Fields delivered a solo home run to tie the game and force extra innings.

But it all fell apart for the Biscuits in the unlucky thirteenth inning. The Bay Bears struck for five runs in the inning. The Biscuits could not recover as they fell 9-4.

Anuery Rodriguez pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Darin Downs followed, pitching 4 shut-out innings and allowing only 1 hit with 5 strikeouts. Eduardo Morlan pitched 2 innings allowing no runs on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Ryan Reid pitched 2 no-hit innings recording 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. Justin Garcia was hit around, 5 runs on 7 hits with a strikeout in the losing effort.

Biscuits Player of the Game: Darin Downs; returning from a head injury last season first official appearance and was dominate with no runs, 2 hit and 5 strikeouts in 4 innings.

RP Top Prospect Watch:
Shawn O'Malley: 1 for 4 with a run scored and a walk.
Anuery Rodriguez: 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk in 4 innings.

A Look Ahead: The Biscuits (0-2) and Bay Bears (2-0) face off in game three of the five game series on Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium. Jake McGee will toe the rubber for the Biscuits against Matt Torra for Mobile.

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