MONTGOMERY, Ala - The Biscuits (44-40) won their second-consecutive game of the series over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (38-46) on Thursday night, pummeling their South Division Rivals in what was one of their largest wins of the season, 11-5, at Riverwalk Stadium. Montgomery has taken a 2-1 series lead and are now five hundred at home for the first time all year.
Logan Darnell (1-0) made a spot-start in his Double-A debut and had a phenomenal outing, twirling seven innings and allowing just three runs (one earned) on seven hits, walking two and striking out four in the victory. It was his first start at the Double-A level since June 20, 2013, when he was a member of the New Britain Rock Cats.
Montgomery jumped on Shrimp starter Chris Mazza (1-5) early in the first, loading the bases, but wouldn't bring any across after Dalton Kelly grounded into an inning-ending double play that left the bases juiced and foreshadowed things to come. In the second, Andrew Velazquez swatted a two-run double and Lukes followed suite with a sac fly in the subsequent at-bat to make it 3-0, Biscuits. Justin Williams extended their cushion with an RBI-double in the third that made it 4-0.
In the fourth, David Vidal hit a ground-rule double over the centerfield wall and then came around on a throwing error by Biscuits shortstop Velazquez, before Taylor Ard hit a sac fly in the subsequent at-bat to cut the lead in half, 4-2. Jacksonville would add one more run in the fifth to pull within one, 4-3, but then the Butter and Blue offense took over.
Things got a little heated in the bottom half of the fifth inning after Justin Williams and Dalton Kelly were called out for interference. Brady Williams got ejected after arguing with the umpires, and he then proceeded to take the second base bag and rip it out of the ground before throwing it into center field. The Butter and Blue fed off his energy in the next inning when they took over and never looked back.
Montgomery exploded for five-runs in the sixth inning, loading the bases for Grant Kay, who hit a bases clearing three-run triple, his 23rd of the season, that very nearly was his second inside home run of the year. In the subsequent at-bat, Dalton Kelly hit a two-run shot over the left-center field wall, his third two-run shot of the year, and his fourth homer over his last six games to give the Butter and Blue an Insurmountable 9-3 lead. The Biscuits would tack on two more runs in the eighth on an RBI-double from Kay and an RBI-single from Kelly to put them up by eight, 11-3, after eight.
Jacksonville scored a couple of runs on wild pitches off Biscuits reliever Yoel Espinal in the ninth, but he settled down and struck out Ard to secure the 11-5 win. Montgomery is 22-22 (.500) at home for the first time all-season and will look to take the series Friday night when Genesis Cabrera (1-1) takes the hill against Matt Tomshaw (8-4) at 7:05 PM.
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