[Via email from Joe Davis of the Montgomery Biscuits.]
MONTGOMERY, AL – Chris Nowak hammered his fifth homer of the season, and the Biscuits (31-24) held the Jacksonville Suns (34-22) off the board over the final seven innings, evening the critical series at a game apiece with a 3-2 win Sunday at Riverwalk.
Jacksonville scored once in the first against Biscuits starter David Newmann on a Javier Guzman single. They added one in the second on a Tim Torres base knock to make it 2-0. But Newmann then pitched four scoreless, and Dane De La Rosa and Matt Gorgen kept the Suns off the board the remainder of the afternoon.
Chris Nowak once again paced the Biscuits, walking to lead off the bottom of the second and scoring on a Matt Fields fielder’s choice bounce-out. Nowak tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth by depositing a Tom Koehler pitch on the left field concourse.
After Nevin Ashley got hit by a Koehler pitch to begin the sixth, Nowak singled him up to third. Rashad Eldridge then grounded out to second, allowing Ashley to score what would prove to be the game-winner.
Nowak finished the day 2-3, and was the only Biscuit to record multiple hits. Ryan Curry went 3-4 to lead the Suns.
Newmann (2-3) tossed six innings total, allowing two runs on seven hits while fanning seven and walking two. Koehler (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up three runs on just five hits while striking out seven.
Gorgen (12) worked his third consecutive perfect ninth to pick up the save.
Now, a game and a half back of the Suns with 13 remaining in the first half, RHP Jeremy Hall will look to extend his 23-inning scoreless streak against former Major Leaguer Andrew Miller. The first pitch in the series’ third game is scheduled for 7:05 Monday.