From the Birmingham Barons Media Relations:
Birmingham, Ala. — The Birmingham Barons fell to the Montgomery Biscuits by a score of 5-2 Saturday evening in front of 8,500 fans at Regions Field.
The Biscuits wasted little time in scoring their first run of the game, getting an RBI single by Taylor Motter in the first inning against Scott Snodgress (3-6, 4.64) to take a 1-0 lead. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third on a two-run double by Jake Hager.
The Barons got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, getting a leadoff triple by Trayce Thompson who scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Curley, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Inthe fifth inning, the Barons turned their first triple play since May 31st, 2010 against the Tennessee Smokies at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. With runners on first and second, Jake Hager grounded a ball to shortstop Jamie Pedroza who tagged Joey Rickard, stepped on second base to force out Ryan Brett and threw to first baseman Rangel Ravelo.
The Barons cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh, putting the first two runners aboard on singles by Michael Earley and Rangel Ravelo and chasing Biscuits starterRoberto Gomez (2-4, 5.82) from the game. Sam Runion replaced Gomez and surrendered an RBI single to Josh Richmond but escaped further damage afterJamie Pedroza lined into an inning ending double play. Earley's base hit extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games.
Snodgress gave the Barons exactly what they needed after Friday's 14-inning marathon, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out seven over a season-high 8.1 innings. He allowed the first two batters to reach in the ninth before being removed in favor of reliever David Cales. With two outs in the inning, Cales allowed a two-run single to Alejandro Segovia, extending the Biscuits lead to 5-2 and effectively putting the game out of reach.
The Barons were unable to mount a final rally in the ninth, falling to 29-40 on the season while the Biscuits improved to 34-35 and picked up a series victory in the process.
The sellout was the 3rd of the season for the Barons and the 9th regular season sellout in Regions Field history.
The Barons will look to salvage the series finale Sunday afternoon when they send RHP Mike Recchia (2-1, 2.57) to the hill against RHP Michael Colla (2-8, 5.96).First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CDT.
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