The Pensacola Blue Wahoos picked up their first doubleheader sweep of the season, knocking off the Montgomery Biscuits 2-1 in the first game before winning a wild one, 6-5, in the nightcap. The two wins earned Pensacola its first road series win since taking a series in Jackson from April 20-24.
Pensacola picked up the win in game one thanks to Travis Mattair. Entering the sixth inning down 1-0, Mattair laced a two-run single through the left side with two outs to put Pensacola up 2-1. The hit made a winner of Josh Smith (W, 5-5) who went five innings and allowed just an unearned run.
Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil pitched the final two frames out of the bullpen to hold down the win. Van Mil picked up his fourth save of the season.
Game two was a much different story as both offenses erupted and battled back and forth throughout the contest.
Pensacola jumped on top in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from Ryan LaMarre, who then came around to score on an error by third baseman Steven Tinoco. The lead didn't last long though, as the Biscuits battled back with three runs to take a 3-2 lead after one.
In the second, Theo Bowe tied the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, but Pensacola was unable to take the lead, stranding the other two runners.
An inning later, Montgomery retook the lead against Wahoos starter Shaun Ellis with an RBI single from Keith Castillo. Ellis battled through 2.1 innings in his second spot start of the year, yielding four runs on six hits.
Not to be denied, Pensacola jumped back in front in the fifth inning. With runners at first and second with nobody out, Mattair popped into a peculiar 1-5-4 double play on a bunt attempt, but Tucker Barnhart doubled to keep the inning alive. Ray Chang followed with a two-run single in the fifth to push Pensacola back in front 5-4.
The lead was short-lived again, though, as Kyeong Kang launched a solo homer with an out in the fifth off Wahoos reliever Chris Manno to knot the game at five.
The game didn't remain tied for long as in the top of the sixth, Bowe turned on inside fastball from Erik Hamren (L, 0-1) and sent it over the wall in right for his second blast of the season. Bowe went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in game two and set the stage for Hyde. Making his second appearance of the day, Hyde worked around a pair of singles in two innings to pick up his second save of the year.
Manno (W, 2-1) picked up the win with an inning of relief, allowing a run on two hits while striking out the side.
The Blue Wahoos, having won consecutive games for the first time since May13-15, now continue their 10-game road trip with the first of five against the Mississippi Braves on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Tim Crabbe (2-5, 3.64) gets the start for Pensacola against Mississippi's Cody Martin (2-3, 3.07).