Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Biscuits Bounce Back, Beat Birmingham

Montgomery BiscuitsAfter dropping 2 in a row to the the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), the Montgomery Biscuits bounced back Wednesday afternoon, taking a 6-4 decision.

CF Jason Pridie opened the game with a line drive triple to right field. He scored when 2B Brooks Badeaux hit a grounder to second base, putting the Biscuits up early, 1-0.

Birmingham tied the game on a double and a 1-out RBI single in the 2nd inning, then went up on a solo home run by Barons RF Thomas Collaro in the 6th inning.

The Biscuits evened the game in the 7th. DH Chris Nowak doubled to start the inning. RF Shaun Cumberland sacrificed him to third. 1B Gabriel Martinez singled to center, scoring Nowak.

The 8th inning saw the Biscuits go up by two. Badeaux doubled with 2 out. After SS Reid Brignac walked, 3B Evan Longoria doubled, scoring Badeaux and Brignac.

A 2-out, 2-RBI double by Collaro tied the game for Birmingham in the bottom of the 8th.

In the 9th, Martinez opened with a line drive single to right. With 1 out, CF Fernando Perez walked. Following a pitching change, Pridie, who had moved to LF, reached on a fielder's choice, erasing Perez, but moving Martinez to third. A Brooks Badeaux single scored Martinez. A Reid Brignac singled drove in Pridie, and the Biscuits were up 6-4.

Dale Thayer, who had blown the save opportunity in the 8th inning, but benefitted from the Biscuits runs in the top of the 9th, allowed one base runner in the 9th, but got Birmingham PH Ricardo Nanita to fly out to left and 2B Christopher Getz to ground out to second base to secure the win.

Starter James Houser scattered 4 hits over 6 innings, allowed 2 runs, all earned, and struck out 4 in the no-decision.

The Biscuits managed to strand 6 Birmingham runners on base, 4 in scoring position.

Birmingham still leads the South Division of the Southern League. The Biscuits are in 3rd place, 3 games back, at 7-6.

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