Our baseball road trip ended Sunday afternoon on a cold day in Chattanooga. Did I say cold? I meant, really cold. Really, really cold.
Well, it was 42 degrees at game time, but it seemed colder. Much colder.
But the Montgomery Biscuits made things a little better by winning the Sunday game, 7-6, over the Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds). They got things off to a great start, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. CF Fernando Perez led off with a single to left field. SS Brooks Badeaux followed with a single to center. Perez stole third, then scored on a sacrifice fly by 3B Evan Longoria.
In the 4th, the Biscuits put 2 more on the board. 1B Chris Nowak led with a walk, and moved to second on RF Shaun Cumberland's single to center field. DH Gabriel Martinez then lay down what looked like a perfect sacrifice bunt down the third base line. I would have scored it a hit and an error, but the official scorer ruled it both a fielding error and a missed catch error by Chattanooga 3B Luis Bolivar. Regardless, Nowak scored, making it 2-0. C Josh Arhart singled on a line drive to left field, driving in Cumberland. A big inning ended when, with 2 on and nobody out, the Biscuits hit into a double play, then a pop fly.
The game looked like a runaway in the 5th, when the Biscuits put up four more runs. Perez doubled to start the inning, and moved to third when Badeaux reached on an error. Longoria hit his 5th double of the season, scoring Perez. Badeaux scored on a sacrifice fly by Nowak. Cumberland homered to right, making it 7-0.
A walk, two doubles, and two singles by Chattanooga narrowed the gap to 7-4 in the bottom of the 5th.
The Biscuits dodged a bullet in the bottom of the 6th when Chattanooga 3B Luis Bolivar hit a 1-out triple, but was stranded.
In the 8th, the Biscuits loaded the bases with one out, but couldn't convert.
Two singles, a double, and a Biscuits error in the bottom of the 9th allowed Chattanooga to cut the gap to 7-6 with 2 outs, but managed to shut down Chattanooga and preserve the win.