JACKSON, Ten. - The Biscuits dropped Game 2 of the North Division Series to the Jackson Generals on Thursday night, falling to their rivals in a nail-biter by a score of 2-1.
Brent Honeywell (0-1) took the mound for the Biscuits, who needed a victory to avoid a must-win Game 3, and delivered a near masterpiece hurling seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just four hits in the defeat and striking out seven. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when Jackson catcher Tyler Marlette took Honeywell deep over the left-center field for a solo home run.
An inning later, Wednesday night's walk-off hero and Southern League MVP, Tyler O'Neill, stepped up and took another Honeywell offering over the right center-field wall for the outfielder's second home run of the series to double the Generals lead at 2-0.
Jackson starter Brett Ash (1-0), who was making his fifth start against the Biscuits had an ERA just below eight on the season against Montgomery, but kept the Butter and Blue off the board through the first five innings. The Biscuits would finally score their first run of the series in the top of the sixth on an RBI-single by Patrick Leonard to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
But Ryne Harper worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, and although Justin Williams and Juniel Querecuto came through with clutch back-to-back two-out singles in the ninth off closer Matt Anderson, the right-hander would get Justin O'Conner swinging to end the game with runners on first and second.
The Biscuits have scored just one run through the first two games of the 2016 postseason, and need a win in Game 3 on Friday at 7:05 PM at Riverwalk Stadium in downtown Montgomery with Chris Kirsch squaring off against Paul Blackburn to stave off elimination.
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