[Game recap provided by Joe Davis of the Montgomery Biscuits.]
MONTGOMERY, AL – Chris Nowak clubbed a deep line drive to right for a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth, vaulting the Biscuits to a 3-2 win over the Barons Saturday at Riverwalk.
With Jacksonville splitting a doubleheader, the Biscuits take over sole-possession of first-place in the South for the first time since April 23rd. It’s the second night in a row that the Biscuits topped the Barons in extras, with Matt Sweeney getting a game-winning RBI-single in the 11th on Friday.
Chris De La Cruz began the tenth with a walk against Birmingham reliever Jacob Rasner (1-4). After moving up to second on an Emeel Salem sac bunt, Rashad Eldridge was walked intentionally and Nevin Ashley singled to load the bases, setting the stage for Nowak’s game-winning sac-fly.
Nowak put the Biscuits on the board in the first, doubling home Salem with two outs. The Barons scored twice on three two-out hits against Jeremy Hall in the sixth, but Eldridge scored John Matulia with a sac-fly in the eighth to tie the game at 2-2.
Hall went five more scoreless innings with his streak finishing at 35, breaking Brian Baker’s 2009 stretch of 30 innings to set a new record. He took a no-decision, striking out four and walking one. Barons starter Johnnie Lowe allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings of work in a no-decision.
Darin Downs (6-1) struck out four and allowed just one hit in his two innings to get the win.
Salem led the Biscuits with a 2-4 night.
LHP Jake McGee throws at 2:05 on Sunday against Birmingham’s RHP Matt Long.