Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Biscuits Lose Ugly

Montgomery BiscuitsUnlike the 1-run games with Huntsville the previous 2 games, the Montgomery Biscuits lost big-time Monday night. The Huntsville Stars (Brewers) scored 6 times in the 6th, beating the Biscuits 10-3.

Huntsville had runners on base every inning, save the 7th, en route to the win. They put up 1 run in the 4th, and 2 in the 5th to take a 3-0 lead.

The Biscuits came back in the bottom of the 5th. 3B Evan Longoria and 1B Chris Nowak both singled. With 1 out, C Josh Arhart singled to load the bases. Three straight singles by LF Jason Pridie, 2B Josh Asanovich, and CF Fernando Perez each scored a run and left the bases loaded. Huntsville turned a double play to end the rally, leaving the game tied at 3.

Then the 6th inning happened.

The Biscuits lifted starter James Houser for Jarod Matthews, but Huntsville loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks. Jeremy Flanagan replaced Matthews, and hit the first batter he faced, giving Huntsville the lead. Two singles scored 2 more runs, a sacrifice fly scored another, then 3 more singles scored 2 more runs, making it 9-3. Another run in the 8th made it 10-3.

Asanovich and Arhart were both 2-for-3 for the Biscuits, the only players with multiple hits. Huntsville starter Adam Pettyjohn allowed only 1 baserunner on a walk in the first 4 innings, before the Biscuits had their 1 big inning in the 3rd. He took the win. The 3 pitchers out of the Huntsville bullpen each allowed a single hit, but got only 1 runner as far as second base.

Matthews took the loss for the Biscuits, his first of the year.

Defensively, the Biscuits kept it from getting worse, turning 2 double plays and stranding 12 Huntsville runners, 5 in scoring position.

The loss drops the Biscuits to 9-9, in 4th place, 4 games out of 1st place.

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