BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham Barons failed to solve Montgomery Biscuits starter Brent Honeywell for the majority of the home opener on Wednesday night. A Courtney Hawkins solo home run in the second inning was the lone run and hit Honeywell surrendered over his seven inning start.
Barons' starter Jordan Guerrero matched Honeywell step for step for the duration of his outing. Guerrero surrendered a Granden Goetzman solo home run in the second inning, but the lefty cruised through the rest of his start, at one point retiring 11 in a row. Guerrero (0-1, 4.66) finished his outing only allowing one run on two hits over 6.1 IP, while walking one and striking out seven, but received a no decision.
The trouble started in the top of the eighth inning with the score still tied at one. Biscuits DH Mac James laid down a bunt with runners on second and third and no out. The squeeze play scored 3B Michael Russell and the Biscuits never looked back. On the very next play 2B Riley Unroe put down another bunt and relief pitcher Connor Walsh threw it past 3B Trey Michalczewski allowing two more runs to score.
The four run eighth inning gave Honeywell all the run support he needed. The right-hander, who struck out eight in his seven innings yielded to Diego Castillo out of the bullpen. Castillo allowed a Michalczewski RBI single in the ninth, but the rally ended there as Hawkins struck out to end the game.
The Barons will be back in action against the Biscuits on Thursday night, with the first Thirsty Thursday of the season at Regions Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT with right-hander Spencer Adams (0-1, 3.86) on the mound for the Barons, while Hunter Wood (0-1, 6.23) takes the ball for the Biscuits. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action on 105.5 FM WERC and the iHeart Radio app, beginning with the Coca-Cola Pregame Show beginning at 6:55 p.m.
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