Up 2-0 going into the 8th, the Montgomery Biscuits bullpen allowed 3 late-inning runs by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), dropping the 5th game of the series, 3-2 Friday night.
The Biscuits got on the board in the top of the first. CF Fernando Perez started the game with a bunt single, then stole second. With 1 out, he stole third, then came home on a ground ball out by SS Reid Brignac.
Perez scored again in the 5th, leading off the inning by drawing a walk, stealing second, and moving to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Brignac hit a sacrifice fly to left, bringing Perez home.
Biscuits starter Mike Prochaska pitched threw the 5th inning, allowing just one hit and striking out 2. He left the game up 2-0. Reliever Jeremy Flanagan allowed just one base runner on one hit in the next 2 innings, but things came unraveled in the 8th.
Flanagan left with one out in the 8th after hitting 2 batters. With runners on the corner, reliever Richard De Los Santos was charged with a balk, making it 2-1. A double by Birmingham 2B Christopher Getz tied the game.
In the bottom of the 9th, a walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk loaded the bases with 1 out. After getting a fly-ball second out, De Los Santos allowed a single to center, and the winning run for Birmingham crossed the plate.
The loss was the second last at-bat loss in the series with Birmingham. The Barons won 3 of 5 games.
The Biscuits return to Montgomery Saturday night, opening a series with the Huntsville Stars (Brewers).