[Game recap provided by Joe Davis of Montgomery Biscuits.]
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Birmingham Barons (29-54) poured across six runs in the fifth inning and beat the Biscuits (45-36) 11-5 Sunday in front of a record crowd of 7,591.
The Barons collected nine extra-base hits against the Biscuits, tying a season-high against Biscuits pitching. They knocked leadoff doubles in five of the final six innings, scoring after four of them.
The fateful fifth came against Jeremy Hall (4-5), who had given up only a first-inning run on a Christian Marrero single up to that point. Greg Paiml doubled to begin the inning, and after Justin Greene singled, Miguel Negron homered to put the Barons in front 4-1. Jim Gallagher and Tyler Kuhn would each club RBI doubles in the inning to make it 7-1.
After Henry Wrigley homered to cut it to 7-2 and the Barons scored one against Ryan Reid in the seventh, the Biscuits put together their greatest rally of the night. Wrigley and Sweeney hit back-to-back one-out doubles to make it 8-3, then John Matulia followed with a two-run homer to right to reduce the deficit to 8-5.
Paul Phillips, though, gave up a run in the eighth and two in the ninth with the Biscuits going hitless over the final two frames to end things.
Nevin Ashley also homered for Montgomery, tying the game at 1-1 in the fourth and breaking up a no-hitter for Birmingham’s Justin Edwards (2-5).
Edwards went 6.1, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out one and walking one. Hall was pulled in the fifth having allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits over 4.1.
Wrigley was the only Biscuit to record multiple hits, going 2-4.
RHP Heath Rollins will make a spot start on Monday for the Biscuits against RHP Jacob Rasner at 7:05.