BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Barons DH Keon Barnum broke out of a slump in a big way on Saturday night, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Birmingham's come from behind victory.
Barnum's second inning home run kick started the scoring on the evening in support of starter Thaddius Lowry. Lowry, who threw 6.1 strong innings, would make the 1-0 lead hold up until Montgomery finally broke through with RBI singles in the sixth and seventh from 3B Grant Kay and 1B Joe McCarthy respectively. Lowry finished his outing surrendering six hits, two earned runs and striking out six.
The righty would then give way to the bullpen with the Barons trailing 2-1. In the top of the eighth inning, LHP Colton Turner allowed the first two Biscuits to reach, setting up a tight situation with runners on second and third with no outs. Turner proceeded to retire RF Justin Williams on a ground ball and then intentionally walked C Justin O'Conner to load the bases. The lefty then retired DH Nick Ciuffo and McCarthy on a strikeout and groundout to tight rope out of danger.
Turner keeping the deficit at only 2-1 allowed the Barons bats to come alive in the eighth inning. With two on and one out, 3B Trey Michalczewski reached on a fielding error by 2B Alec Sole, which allowed both runners to score to give the Barons a 3-2 lead. LF Courtney Hawkins then capped the four-run rally by blasting a two-run home run.
RHP Miguel Chalas then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season and help the Barons snap a five game losing streak.
Turner (2-0, 1.69), was the pitcher of record on the Barons side, while Jordan Harrison (0-1, 20.25) took the loss for Montgomery.
The Barons will conclude the homestand on Sunday afternoon with a special 4:00 p.m. CT start time on Easter Sunday. RHP Matt Cooper will look to build off of his strong first start of the season as he gets the ball for Birmingham. 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 3:50 p.m.
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