Montgomery – After hours of rain early in the day, the grounds crew worked feverishly to prepare the field at Riverwalk Stadium for the middle game of a five game set between the Biscuits and the Birmingham Barons. The start was delayed 45 minutes but baseball was played Thursday night.
The Biscuits failed to bounce back against the division leading Barons following Wednesday’s 13-4 loss and their woes continued Thursday night after dropping another game to Birmingham 9-2.
The Biscuits are in the midst of something unusual. Going into to Thursday night’s game, they had both the Southern League’s leading batter (Desmond Jennings) and a slugger just one back in the home run column (Rhyne Hughes). That seems odd considering the team record of 13-14, until you realize that Montgomery also leads the league in ERA at 5.32.
Thursday’s contest would continue that poor pitching trend and the bats were absent as well. Biscuit batters knocked out two Barons pitches for homers, but both were solo shots, Jason Perry in the second and J.T. Hall in the seventh. Montgomery managed only three additional hits. There were some missed opportunities by the Biscuits as they left a total of eight runners on base and went 0-3 with runners in scoring position.
The Montgomery defense did not help, adding three errors and a wild pitch to the box score.
Birmingham’s bats were working however, putting at least one runner on in eight of the nine innings. They had a total of 14 hits, led by Brandon Allen who went 3-4 with a double, a home run, and a pair of RBI’s. Lee Cruz also homered for the Barons.
Brian Omogrosso recorded the win for Birmingham giving him his third of the season. He has yet to suffer a loss. Omogrosso went six innings, giving up two hits and one earned run. The loss dropped Biscuits pitcher Heath Rollins to two and two. He worked just four and two-thirds innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.
With the disappointing results for the Biscuits, the highlight on the evening may have come when it was announced that the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Heavyweight boxing was in the crowd. Deontay Wilder was introduced and walked onto the field to a nice round of applause. A native of Tuscaloosa, Deontay was in Montgomery for the passage of a bill that may allow sanctioned boxing matches in Alabama.
The Biscuits continue their series with Birmingham over the next two days before hitting the road for a five game set in Mobile.
Article by Keith George
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