[Via email from Joe Davis, Montgomery Biscuits.]
MONTGOMERY, AL – Alex Torres tossed a dazzling seven frames of three-hit ball, and the Biscuits (19-14) recorded their fifth shutout of the season, blanking the Huntsville Stars (17-17) 2-0 Thursday at Riverwalk.
With Torres’ pristine outing, the Biscuits didn’t need much by way of offense. John Matulia led off the third inning with a triple, then scored the first Biscuits run of the evening on a Cody Strait groundout to short.
The second Biscuits run came in the sixth inning thanks to a Stars mistake. Chris Nowak doubled down the left field line with one down, and after advancing to third on a bounce out from Greg Sexton, scored on a wild pitch from Huntsville starter Amaury Rivas to complete the scoring at 2-0.
Dane De La Rosa pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season. After striking out the side in the eighth, he issued a leadoff walk to Zelous Wheeler, then got help from a 4-6-3 double-play ball to wipe the bases clear. Andy Machado kept things alive with a single, but De La Rosa struck out Juan Sanchez to preserve the win.
Drew Anderson was the only Biscuit with multiple hits, going 2-4.
Torres (4-2) struck out five and walked two to earn the win, with Rivas (4-2) allowing two runs on seven hits in his six innings of work to take the loss.
LHP David Newmann will throw for the Biscuits in the series capper on Friday at 7:05 against Huntsville RHP Alex Periard.