Enny Romero has had a very good season for the Montgomery Biscuits, going 10-6 with a 2.72 ERA in his first taste of the Southern League, emerging as the ace of the Biscuits staff. Last night, he continued his excellent run, holding the Chattanooga Lookouts in check for most of the game as the Biscuits came back to win.
Rochester Red Wings (Twins) 6, Durham Bulls 4
The Red Wings jumped out quickly over the Bulls, as Eduardo Escobar led off the game with a home run. Rochester kept the pressure on in the second, putting runners on first and third with one out. A fielder’s choice plated a run, and James Beresford had an RBI double to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead. However, the Bulls came back, scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame as Craig Albernaz hit a grand slam. The Red Wings tied the game in the top of the sixth as Jeff Clement homered. Durham had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but they were unable to push a run across. Rochester took the lead in the top of the eighth, as Beresford had a two out single to drive in Ray Olmedo. Clement doubled to drive in an insurance run in the top of the ninth, and the Red Wings held a 6-4 lead. However, the Bulls attempted to rally. Chris Gimenez and Evan Frey walked to start the inning, but Albernaz struck out attempting to put down a sacrifice bunt. A two out walk loaded the bases for Tim Beckham, who struck out to end the game. Josh Lueke took the loss, giving up a run on two hits in one inning. Gimenez was 1-2 with a double and two walks.
Montgomery Biscuits 3, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) 1
Rafael Ynoa homered to lead off the game for the Lookouts, and after Jon Garcia followed with a base hit, things did not look good for the Biscuits. However, Enny Romero settled in, and held the Chattanooga offense in check. The Biscuits tied the game in the bottom of the second, as Ryan Brett singled with two outs to drive in Robby Price. Romero and Ross Stripling engaged in a pitcher’s duel through the fifth, as neither team put together much of a scoring chance. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Andres Santiago entered the game in relief of Stripling, and the Biscuits took advantage. Montgomery put runners on second and third with one out, and Brett came through again, hitting a two run, two out double to put the Biscuits on top. The score would hold up, as Montgomery came away with a 3-1 victory. Romero pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks. Brett was 3-5 with a double and three RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 9, South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) 8
For a while, it looked as though the Silver Hawks were going to run the Hot Rods out of their own stadium, taking a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth. However, Bowling Green mounted a comeback, loading the bases with no outs. Patrick Leonard cleared the bases with a double, and the Hot Rods reloaded the bases with two outs. A walk to Justin O’Conner forced in a run, and Leonardo Reginatto tied the game with a two run double. Bowling Green went ahead after another walk loaded the bases again, as Marty Gantt had a two run single to cap the outburst. The Silver Hawks got a run back in the top of the seventh, but Bowling Green held on for the 9-8 victory. Stone Speer picked up the win, giving up a run on one hit in his inning of relief. Gantt was 4-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Batavia MuckDogs (Marlins) 4, Hudson Valley Renegades 3
Scoreless through four, the Renegades took advantage of several mistakes by the MuckDogs to take the lead in the top of the fifth. James Harris led off by reaching on an error, and moved to second on a balk before scoring on a base hit by John Alexander. Alexander took second on the throw home, and took third on a groundout. Darryl George had a two out triple to plate Alexander, and scored on a wild pitch to give the Renegades a 3-0 lead. However, Batavia came back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, the MuckDogs had four consecutive singles, and took advantage of an error by Granden Goetzman, as they tied the game. The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when another error doomed the Renegades. With two outs and a runner at first, Luis Ortiz grounded to first, but Alexander was unable to handle the play. J. T. Riddle folowed with a base hit, scoring pinch runner Yefri Perez to give the MuckDogs the 4-3 victory. Derek Loera took a tough loss, giving up an unearned run on three hits in 3.2 innings of relief. George and Johnny Field each had two hits in the loss.