CHATTANOOGA, Ten. - After leading early, 2-1, the Biscuits (76-60) allowed 10 unanswered runs in an 11-2 loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts (87-49) on Thursday night at AT&T Field. The defeat, however meaningless with both teams having already clinched a playoff spot, was Montgomery's 16th in 21 games against Chattanooga this season.
Edwin Fierro (6-4) made his ninth start of the year for the Butter and Blue and was solid, going five innings and surrendering just three runs on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts in the loss. The only runs off the right-hander, however, came on a Max Murphy RBI-groundout, and sac flies from Andy Wilkins and Edgar Corcino.
After trailing 1-0 in the second, the Biscuits would grab their first and only lead of the game on a Joe McCarthy RBI-fielder's choice after Jake Cronenworth's RBI-single tied the game at one in the third off Lookouts starter Zach Littell (5-0). The 21-year-old right-hander is now an astonishing combined 19-1 on the year for three different teams in 2017.
Corcino's sac fly would break the 2-2 tie in the fifth, and after a 15-minute rain delay in the seventh, the Lookouts would deliver the coup de grâce on a three-run opposite field homer by Nick Gordon off Mike Franco.
Later in the bottom of the seventh, TJ White would get in on the action, slamming a two-run blast off Franco, also over the left field wall, to put the Lookouts up 8-2. White would finish just a single shy of hitting for the cycle, and the Lookouts would tack on three more in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk and a Corcino two-run single, both issued by Jordan Harrison.
The Biscuits will try to shake off the loss, and aim to tie the 2006 and 2015 teams for the second-most wins in Biscuits history (77) in game two of the series when Genesis Cabrera (5-4) takes on Dereck Rodriguez (5-4) on Friday night at 6:15 PM CT.
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