After dropping three in a row, and being down going into the 8th inning tonight, the Montgomery Biscuits took some frustration out on the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds), tying the game in the 8th, and putting 7 runs on the board in the 11th to win 9-2.
The Biscuits had the early lead after CF Fernando Perez walked to start the game, 3B Brooks Badeaux walked, and Perez stole third. SS Reid Brignac hit into a double play, but Perez scored, making it 1-0 in favor of the Biscuits.
Starting P James Houser allowed only one hit through 5 innings, but ran into some trouble in the 6th. With 1 out, a walk, and RBI double, and another walk caused manager Billy Gardner to lift Houser for reliever Jeremy Flanagan. A double steal put Chattanooga runners on second and third, and a single gave the home team the lead, 2-1. Getting out 2 at home, then new reliever Brian Henderson getting the 3rd out on a grounder to the mound ended the threat.
Another Chattanooga threat in the 7th was snuffed out. A single, an error, and a double steal put runners on second and third with one out. 2 fly ball outs ended that.
The Biscuits tied the game in the 8th. Perez walked, and went to third on Badeaux's single to center field, and scored on Brignac's sacrifice fly.
The 9th and 10th innings saw the Biscuits go down in order. After Biscuits reliever Dale Thayer allowed a single to start the 8th, he got the next 6 Chattanooga batters out.
Former Columbus Catfish outfielder Brett Wayne, who converted back to pitcher in 2003, struck out three Chattanooga batters in the 10th, all on called third strikes. The only blemish in the 10th was a hit batsman.
In the 11th, the game took a positive turn for the Biscuits. Walks by Brignac and DH Evan Longoria, and a single by 1B Chris Nowak loaded the based. RF Shaun Cumberland smacked a 2-run double to left, making it 4-2. C Josh Arhart walked, then LF Jason Pridie knocked in Nowack on a sacrifice fly to left field. 3B Gabriel Martinez, who came in the game in the 7th inning, walked to load the bases. Following a pitching change, Perez doubled to right, scoring Cumberland and Arhart, making it 7-2. 2B Brooks Badeaux drove in Martinez on a sacrifice fly to left field, making it 8-2. Reid Brignac hit his 3rd double of the year, scoring Perez and making it 9-2.
Wayne allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th, then struck out the next two batters before allowing a single that put runners on the corner. He coaxed a grounder to short out of Chattanooga 3B Luis Bolivar to end the game and pick up his first Double-A win.
The victory evens the series with Chattanooga at one game apiece. Game 3 of the 5-game series is Saturday night. I'll be there. If the weather permits, that is.