MONTGOMERY, AL – Jake McGee enjoyed his best start since undergoing 2008 Tommy John surgery, fanning a Biscuits’ season-high eleven in seven scoreless innings, and the Biscuits (26-21) silenced the Smokies (28-20) 6-1 on Friday at Riverwalk.
McGee (1-4) had not gone deeper than five innings all season. He struck out the side in the first, then recorded at least one K in every inning. The Biscuits have now held the number-one offense in the Southern League scoreless through eight innings two consecutive nights, with the lone Smokies run coming in the ninth against Matt Gorgen.
After going two innings without a hit, the Biscuits got back-to-back singles from Emeel Salem and Drew Anderson to start the third against Smokies starter Chris Carpenter (3-2). Matt Fields, Matt Sweeney, and Cody Cipriano would all follow with RBI singles to make it 4-0 Biscuits.
Carpenter left the game after the third, having allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. The Biscuits would add one in the fourth and one in the sixth off Tennessee reliever Alex Maestri.
Heath Rollins, making his first 2010 Biscuits appearance worked a one-two-three eighth. The ninth-inning run snapped a string of 13 scoreless appearances for Gorgen.
Cipriano paced the Biscuits with a 3-4 night, while Salem and Anderson each pitched in two hits.
RHP Alex Cobb will look to help the Biscuits track down a series victory against Tennessee RHP Hung-Wen Chen on Saturday at 7:05.
-- Team Release.