MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Felix Jorge (9-2) put on a dazzling performance as the Lookouts (72-38) defeated the Biscuits (60-50) for a second-straight night by a score of 4-0. It was only the second time this year Montgomery has been shutout at home and both have come at the hands of Chattanooga.
Jorge put on an otherworldly act tonight, hurling 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just four-hits, and striking out five to earn his ninth win of the year. Montgomery has been limited to four-hits this year six times and despite a decent performance from their starter Jose Mujica (9-8), who went six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits in a loss their offense just couldn't give him any run support and Chattanooga jumped on the Venezuelan early.
After Mujica cruised through the first inning, it was Ryan Walker that smacked an RBI-single in the second to give Chattanooga an early 1-0 lead. They added some insurance in the third when Travis Harrison led off with a triple and Levi Michael smacked an RBI-single to right field a couple of hitters later to make it 2-0. After Jorge faced the minimum in the second and third, Montgomery got a runner on first in the fourth thanks to an RBI-single from Brandon Lowe but would strand him there and remain two runs behind going into the fifth.
Through the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings scoring became limited, as neither team brought across a run, with Montgomery tallying just two hits and Chattanooga just one in that span. Jorge had thrown just 86 pitches through the first 7.2 third innings and looked well on his way to throwing his second complete game of the year, before being taking out with two outs in the seventh. He finished throwing 98 pitched with 69 being thrown for strikes.
In the eighth, after the first two hitters were retired by Jorge, reliever Nick Anderson came in and surrendered a single to Andrew Velazquez and a walk to Jake Cronenworth to put runners on first and second. Anderson would strike out Lowe looking to end the inning, and an inning later, Chattanooga plated two more with a two-run single from Ryan Walker. He went 2-4 with 3RBI, and now has a total of 16 RBI in 17 meetings against Montgomery this season. Anderson took care of Business in the ninth to secure a 4-0 win.
It was Chattanooga's 72nd victory of the year, which trails only the Trenton Thunder and the Western Michigan White caps for the most in minor league baseball. It was also the 16th time in 20 meetings the Lookouts have won against the Biscuits, tying the Jackson Generals last season record against the Butter and Blue. Jackson went on to face Montgomery in the Southern League Championship Series and won in four games.
The Biscuits have lost 10 of their last 11 against the Lookouts, but still lead the Wild Card by three games over the Jackson Generals. Montgomery will try to gain some ground when they head to Mobile, AL to take on the BayBears for the first time this season. Genesis Cabrera (4-1) will battle with Grayson Long (6-6) on
Tuesday at 7:05 PM Central Time.
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