CHATTANOOGA, Ten. - The Biscuits lost Game 1 of the 2017 North Division Series to the Chattanooga Lookouts, 4-3, on Wednesday night at AT&T Field. Montgomery has now lost eight-consecutive games to their North Division rivals, and are just 5-21 overall against the Lookouts this year as they now trail Chattanooga in the series, 1-0.
Jose Mujica (0-1) got the start for the Biscuits, and entered Wednesday night having allowed just four earned runs in 26.1 innings against the Lookouts all season. The 21-year-old righty appeared to have another leg up on his opponents, too, after Joe McCarthy homered for his second-straight game in the first at-bat of the evening, taking Chattanooga starter Zach Littell (1-0) over the right field wall to put the Biscuits in front, 1-0, in the first.
The Biscuits' lead would not last long, however, as Mujica would surrender three-consecutive singles to Nick Gordon, Edgar Corcino, and LaMonte Wade to begin the bottom of the first, with Wade's bringing in Gordon and Corcino to put the Lookouts ahead, 2-1. It was an advantage they would never give up either, as Andy Wilkins' singled home Wade for the third run of the inning, and an opposite field blast off the bat of TJ White made it 4-1 Lookouts in the fourth.
Mujica would go six innings, allowing all four earned runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out six in the defeat. On the other side, Littell would go 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking five and striking out six in the victory. Littell is now a combined 20-1 on the year for three different teams (A+ Tampa, AA Trenton, and AA Chattanooga).
The Biscuits would mount a comeback in the sixth, however, when Brett Sullivan's two-out RBI-single scored Justin Williams to pull the Biscuits within two. And in the ninth, Lookouts closer Gabriel Moya, who was a perfect 24-for-24 in save opportunities during the regular season, walked the first two batters he faced in Sullivan and pinch hitter Michael Russell.
After a passed ball moved Russell to second and Sullivan to third, Moya would strike out Brandon Lowe, before a McCarthy sac fly scored Sullivan to make it a one-run game at 4-3. But with Russell at third, Moya would get Jake Cronenworth to ground out to second on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
The Biscuits will try to even the series in Game 2 on Thursday night when Anthony Misiewicz (3-1) takes on Dereck Rodriguez (5-4) at 6:15 PM CT.
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