Former Columbus Catfish helped do in the current Catfish Double-A partner, the Montgomery Biscuits this afternoon as the Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers) beat the Biscuits, 5-4. It was the Biscuits 6th loss in a row, a season high, and the first time they've been swept this year.
The Biscuits got on the board first, scoring a run in the 2nd inning. With 1 out, 1B Gabriel Martinez reached on an error, moved to second on a single by RF Shaun Cumberland, and scored on a single by DH Patrick Breen.
In the 4th, 3B Evan Longoria led off with a single. C John Jaso homered to right, putting the Biscuits up 3-0.
The 5th inning saw Jacksonville tie the game and drive starter James Houser from the game. Juan Gonzalez singled to start the Jacksonville 5th. Former South Georgia Wave (the 2003 Columbus Catfish) A. J. Ellis doubled, scoring Gonzalez. With 1 out, former Catfish Xavier Paul sacrificed Ellis to third. Former Catfish Chin-Lung Hu then tripled to center scoring Ellis. Cory Dunlap walked, then Marshall McDougall singled, scoring Hu, tying the game, and driving Houser from the game.
In the 8th, Jacksonville put 2 more runs on the board. In the bottom of the 8th, the Biscuits closed the gap. 3B Brooks Badeaux singled to lead off the inning. SS Reid Brignac singled right, moving Badeaux to third. Longoria drove in Badeaux on a sacrifice fly to center, making it 5-4.
That's as close as the Biscuits could get.
Former Catfish Joey Norrito pitched 6-2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits, striking out 3 Biscuits. Reliever (and former Catfish) Wesley Wright went an inning and a third, allowing a run on 2 hits, with a strike out, and picked up his 4th win. Former Catfish Jon Meloan pitched a perfect 9th, striking out the side, to grab his 12th save of the year.
Hu was 3-for-4, a homer short of the cycle, with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.
For the Biscuits, Badeaux led batters by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Biscuits conclude the first half 35-35, 7 games behind first half champ Mississippi. Jacksonville finished the first half 41-29, a game off the pace. The second half begins tomorrow night for the Biscuits, as they host Mobile in the first of 5 games.