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Jaso, McGee pace Montgomery in Game 209/14/2007 12:29 AM ET
By Danny Wild
John Jaso hit a go-ahead homer and Jake McGee tossed six strong innings as Montgomery edged visiting Huntsville, 2-1, on Thursday in Game 2 of the Southern League Finals.
Jaso snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his second homer of the postseason as the Biscuits evened the best-of-5 series after dropping the opener, 8-4, on Wednesday. Game 4 is Friday in Huntsville.
"Now it's a best-of-3 series, and we've got the momentum on our side," said Jaso, who hit .316 with 12 homers and 71 RBIs in 109 games for the Biscuits this season. "That's what we needed after we lost [Wednesday]."
After taking a first-pitch fastball, the 23-year-old catcher connected on a breaking pitch from reliever Dave Johnson (0-1).
"Honestly, I was looking for another fastball, but he gave me a slider and, timing and everything, it just came together," Jaso said. "It was right where it needed to be."
McGee (1-0), who made only five regular-season starts for Montgomery after earning Florida State League All-Star honors with Vero Beach, yielded a run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks for his first playoff victory.
"He was huge. His command of his fastball is phenomenal," Jaso said of McGee. "Even if he misses a spot, he throws so hard it doesn't matter. The only real hits that Huntsville got were on off-speed pitches."
Nick DeBarr followed with 1 2/3 frames of two-hit ball before Tim Corcoran recorded the final four outs for his second postseason save.
McGee was bailed out in the fifth by right fielder Erold Andrus, who robbed Steve Moss of a potential two-run homer with a spectacular catch.
"With that catch in the outfield, that got our dugout going," Jaso said. "It was a pitchers' duel up until that point, and we needed something to get us going. That saved the game for us and livened up our dugout too."
Andrus went 0-for-3, but may have kept Montgomery from falling into an 0-2 hole with the dramatic grab. The Biscuits beat the Stars to capture the Southern League crown last year.
Chris Nowak briefly put Montgomery ahead in the fourth with a two-out solo homer, his second of the playoffs.
The Stars responded in the fifth as Lou Palmisano stroked a one-out single and scored on Guilder Rodriguez's double to left.
Huntsville starter Corey Thurman limited the Biscuits to one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks in five frames.
NOTES: Huntsville, which batted .311 as a team this season, had never faced McGee. ...The Stars averaged six runs per game this season, but have only five in the first two games of this series. ... Huntsville hit .303 in 10 regular-season games against the Biscuits. ... Montgomery hit .270 against the Stars this year, including a .320 average for Jaso. ... Chris Mason (15-4, 2.57) will take the mound for Montgomery in Game 3 against Derek Miller (6-2, 3.18). Mason led the Southern League in wins and ERA and finished fourth with 136 strikeouts. ... Mike Prochaska (7-7, 3.89) will likely start Game 4 for the Biscuits against Lindsay Gulin (12-6, 3.29). ... The Biscuits drew 1,825 fans, who endured a 27-minute rain delay at Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.
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