A solo homer in the top of the 11th inning spoiled a Sunday afternoon Kids' Day for the Montgomery Biscuits. The Biscuits bullpen didn't allow a hit after a meaningless single in the 5th inning ... until the game-winning dinger in the 11th, but would up with the 2-1 loss to the Huntsville Stars (Brewers).
The Biscuits scored in the first when, with 1 out, SS Brooks Badeaux singled, then, with 2 out, moved to second on 3B Evan Longoria's single to left, and moved to third on a wild pitch. 1B Chris Nowak singled, scoring Badeaux.
And that was all the scoring for the Biscuits. Huntsville tied the game in the 4th on back-to-back doubles to lead the inning, and, other than a single in the 5th and 2 walks (1 intentional) in the 9th, Huntsville didn't have any runners on base ... until the solo shot in the 11th.
The Biscuits had lots of opportunities to win the game, but left 11 runners on base, 7 in scoring position, including 1 in the bottom of the 11th.
Biscuits starter Derek Feldkamp went 5 innings, allowed 1 run on 5 hits, walked 1 and struck out 5 while getting a no-decision, despite pitching well enough to earn his first win of the season. Richard De Los Santos pitched 3 perfect innings of relief, striking out 3 in the process. Nick Debarr pitched the 9th inning. Brian Henderson pitched a perfect 10th, but allowed the game-winning home run with 2 out in the 11th, and took the loss.
Prior to the game, nearly the entire roster was available for signing autographs. Many of the 4,918 fans that showed up for the game took advantage of the opportunity. And, despite, the number of autographs they signed, the Biscuits players were pleasant and very personable with the children ... and adults ... that asked for signatures.
And that's one of the reasons that I enjoy minor league baseball. The players ... most anyway ... seem to appreciate the fans ... and often go out of their way to be friendly to the kids at the ballpark. Sure, there are major leaguers that are like that, too, but there are plenty of players in the majors that don't have time for the fans. Not so in the minors. Most leave a smile on a kid's face.
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