Friday, April 30, 2010

Montgomery Biscuits fall to West Tennessee 8-4

The Game: The Montgomery Biscuits lost to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx 8-4 on Thursday at Pringles Park.

The Biscuits took the lead in the first inning. Emeel Salem drew a walk to lead off the game. Salem advanced to second on a ground out by Chris De La Cruz and then later stole third. Chris Nowak knocked in the run with a single to right to score Salem and give the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.

West Tenn answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Carlos Peguero and Jeffery Dominquez led off the inning with back to back singles. Johan Limonta advanced the runners with a sac bunt. Mike Wilson singled to short to push across a run. Then Guillermo Quiroz drew a walk to load the bases. Dustin Ackley doubled to left to score two runs. Quiroz later scored on a ground out by Alex Liddi to give them a 4-1 lead.

West Tenn added another run in the second. Carlos Peguero doubled to center. Johan Limonta drove him home with an RBI single to increase the lead to 5-1.

The Biscuits added a run in the fourth inning. Cody Cipriano drew a two out walk to put a runner on the bases. Cipriano advanced on a wild pitch and then later scored on an RBI single by Matt Fields to give the Biscuits their second run of the game.

The Diamond Jaxx answered with another run of their own in the fifth. Johan Limonta homered to right to increase the lead to 6-2.

The Biscuits then struck for two more runs in the sixth inning. Matt Fields doubled to right and later scored on a single by Greg Sexton. Cody Strait drove Sexton home to pull the Biscuits to within two runs of the lead 6-4.

But West Tenn matched the runs in the bottom of the sixth with a two run homer to hand the Biscuits an 8-4 loss.

Rayner Oliveros was the losing pitcher, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits with a strikeout and 2 walks in 4 innings. Justin Garcia followed surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts. Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless 2 innings with a hit and a strikeout to end the game.

Biscuits Player of the Game: Matt Fields; 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and a run scored.

RP Top Prospect Watch: n/s

A Look Ahead: The Biscuits and Diamond Jaxx do it again on Friday night at Pringles Park. Alex Torres (2-1, 2.84) will start against Steve Bray.


  1. Royster hasn't seen action in 9 days. What is up with that? Is he hurt or benched due to performance?

  2. Ryan Royster was expected to have surgery today (Friday) for a herniated disc in his back. He will miss at least six weeks.

  3. how do RP classify a prospect, is it one who is drafted by the team period or does it depend on how high there are drafted. my question is nevin ashley, is he not,in your mind consider a prospect. the rays seem high on him but not RP.

  4. He was listed in the RP honorable mention area of the 2010 top 15. He is a defensive catcher first, thus putting a lower ceiling on his upside. His bat fizzled the past few seasons but had a strong AFL campaign and Spring. He also has worked with Zobrist's swing mechanic in the past. All the top 15 probably has a higher ceiling though I am not big on O'Malley.

  5. O'Malley's killing me with his slow start and now an injury.

    As for Ashley, the rankings were done before the spring, but frankly, it doesn't really matter. The AFL and spring don't counteract 200 games over 2 years of not hitting that well. Like FreeZo said, his defense is his calling card, and that could get him to the big leagues, but probably never in a starting capacity.

  6. In addition to making our Honorable Mentions list as FreeZo pointed out, Ashley also made some personal lists, see here

    To save you the trip, John Sickels - HM, Stacy Long - 28th, Jake Larsen - 18th, me - 30th. So he's a prospect, but borderline Top 30 on the Rays according to the consensus.