JACKSONVILLE, Flo. - The Biscuits (34-26) split their doubleheader with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (25-35) on Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the second game, 1-0.
Hunter Wood (4-4) got the start in the first game and delivered one of his best performances of the year going 6.2 innings, holding the Jumbo Shrimp to two runs (one earned) on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in his fourth victory of the season.
The Biscuits provided the right-hander with all the run support he would need in the first inning, thanks to RBI-doubles from Joe McCarthy and Justin Williams, and an RBI-single by Granden Goetzman, all off Jacksonville starter Chris Mazza (1-4).
The Jumbo Shrimp would get on the board with a Chris Hoo RBI-single off Wood in the second, and then threatened in the bottom of the seventh on a Jeremias Pineda RBI-triple off the top of the right-center field wall to make it 3-2. But Kyle Winkler would come on and got Alex Yarbrough to fly out to left to end the game and hand the Biscuits their fifth-straight win for the second time this season.
The Biscuits offense were kept off-balance in the second game by Jacksonville starter Mike Kickham (3-3), who threw his first complete game since 2012 in a seven-inning shutout. Montgomery starter Fernando Baez (0-3) impressed in a spot-start, twirling five innings of one-run ball surrendering just two hits in the defeat.
Baez' only mistake came with two outs in the first when Jumbo Shrimp third baseman Brian Anderson took the right-hander over the wall on an opposite field shot to score the only run of the game for either side. Jacksonville would tally just two hits to the Biscuits' four in the win.
Despite the loss, the Biscuits will remain in first place heading into Friday night's crucial series opener with the Chattanooga Lookouts with ten games left to play in the first half. First pitch at Riverwalk Stadium will be at 7:05 PM with Benton Moss (NR) will make his Double-A debut against Fernando Romero (4-5).
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