Ciuffo, Mujica Knockout BayBears, 7-1


By Montgomery Biscuits | August 9, 2017 12:51 AM ET


MOBILE, Ala. - After losing the first two games of their five-game series to the Mobile BayBears (53-61) in a doubleheader on Saturday night, the Biscuits (63-52) rallied and won their third-straight game against their former South Division rivals, taking the rubber match, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.


Jose Mujica (10-8) made his 21st start of the year for the Butter and Blue, and delivered another gem going seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits, tying a season-high with seven strikeouts and two walks. Mujica is now tied for the second-most wins in the Southern League with Mississippi's Mike Soroka and Jacksonville's Matt Tomshaw.


Neither team was able to scratch across a run through the first three innings as Mujica kept the BayBears off-balance, and Mobile starter Alex Klonowski (5-7) did the same to the Biscuits. In the fourth, however, Mobile would load the bases with nobody out, and then got an RBI-single from Brennon Lund to put the BayBears in front early, 1-0. Mujica would somehow get out of the inning, however, surrendering just the one run, ending the fourth with two strikeouts and a pop-out.


Andrew Velazquez would tie the game with an RBI-single in the fifth, and then the flood gates would open in the sixth as the Biscuits put up a four-spot beginning with Cade Gotta's tie-breaking single.


After Justin Williams knocked in a run with a single of his own later in the inning, Nick Ciuffo stepped up and knocked a pitch into right field. BayBears right fielder Forrest Allday tried to make a diving catch, but missed the ball, and Ciuffo would come all the way around for an inside-the-park two-run home run to put the Biscuits up, 5-1. The inside-the-parker was the second of the year for the Biscuits, who got their first from Grant Kay away at Tennessee on May 16th.


Williams would add another RBI on a double in the eighth, and a Nathan Lukes sac fly in the same inning was the cherry on top to a well-rounded victory for Montgomery, who scored seven unanswered runs to close out the series. The Biscuits will have an off-day Wednesday, and will then open a five-game home series with the Jackson Generals beginning on Thursday night at Riverwalk Stadium when Anthony Misiewicz (NR) makes his Butter and Blue debut against Ryan Atkinson (1-1) at 7:05 PM.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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