When a batter is on, they say that the baseball looks as though it is the size of a beach ball. In the Montgomery Biscuits 12 run third inning, virtually the entire lineup must have had that feeling, as they coasted to an easy victory.
Durham Bulls v. Norfolk Tides (Orioles) – Postponed
Last night’s game between the Durham Bulls and the Norfolk Tides was postponed due to rain, and will be made up as part of a double header starting at 5:05 PM Saturday.
Montgomery Biscuits 16, Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) 7
Despite the seven runs that Mobile put on the board, the game was never really in question after the third inning. The reason – the Biscuits posted a franchise record 12 runs in the frame, scoring six with two outs. The Biscuits scored their first run on a throwing error when, with runners on first and second, Shawn O’Malley tried to bunt them over. A hit batter loaded the bases, with runs scoring on a walk and another hit batter. O’Malley came up to the plate again, this time with the bases loaded and the Biscuits ahead 6-0, and hit a two run double. Ty Morrison followed with a two run single, and Robby Price had a two run home run to cap the scoring. Meanwhile, Victor Mateo was no-hitting the BayBears through five innings, before he allowed three runs in the top of the sixth. Mateo still had a solid start, giving up the three runs on two hits and four walks, while recording two strikeouts. Mobile put another four runs on the board in the top of the seventh, but Montgomery scored three in the bottom of the frame, and tacked on another run in the eighth for the 16-7 victory. Price, O’Malley and Kevin Kiermaier each had two hits. Riccio Torrez was 3-3 with three runs scored, a double, and a walk.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 2, Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) 1
If the opposition is going to give extra opportunities to score, it is always great to take advantage of their kindness. The Stone Crabs did just that, scoring two unearned runs to come away with a 2-1 victory. Jake Malm singled to lead off the third, followed by a Taylor Motter line drive to short. Austin Nola attempted to double Malm off first, but threw the ball away, allowing Malm to reach third. Kes Carter immediately followed with a base hit to drive in the first run of the game. Jupiter tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Ross Wilson led off the inning with a home run. Charlotte took advantage of another error in the top of the sixth, as Hector Guevara led off the frame by reaching second due to an error. After a groundout moved him to third, Guevara scored on a sacrifice fly. The Hammerheads were unable to muster a threat, being retired in order over the next four innings as the Stone Crabs came away with the victory. Ryan Carpenter picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits and a walk, recording ten strikeouts in the process. Carter was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, as he looks to break out of a terrible slump to start the season.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, Dayton Dragons (Reds) 2
The Hot Rods took advantage of sloppy play by the Dragons in the second, as Justin O’Conner and Thomas Coyle reached on back to back errors. Patrick Leonard followed with a base hit to plate O’Conner with the game’s first run. After another single loaded the bases, Marty Gantt singled to drive in Coyle. The Hot Rods got another run on the third error of the inning, when Tyler Goeddel reached on the second error by shortstop Zach Vincej. Dayton got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth. Jesse Winker doubled with one out, and came around to score on a base hit by Seth Mejias-Brean. Jeff Gelaich followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Mejias-Brean scored on a groundout, as the Dragons trimmed the lead to 3-2. The Hot Rods tacked on a run in the sixth, as Joey Rickard doubled, and later scored on a base hit by Andrew Toles, and added another run in the eighth to come away with the 5-2 victory. Dylan Floro picked up the win, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings or work, striking out three batters. Coyle was 3-5 with a double and a run scored. Goedell, O’Conner and Leonardo Reginatto each had two hits in the victory.