Barons Batter Biscuits in Home Opener

Fisher and Zavala homers lift Birmingham to a 5-2 win over Montgomery

Fisher hits his second home run of the season in a 5-2 win over Montgomery (Michael Wade)

By John McClung | April 12, 2018 12:02 AM ET

Strong pitching and powerful bats helped the Birmingham Barons (4-2) to a 5-2 victory over their Southern League North Division foes, the Montgomery Biscuits (1-5) Wednesday night in front of 6,672 at Regions Field.

 

  • Moments That Mattered: Jameson Fisher broke open the 1-1 stalemate with a solo shot in the third off of R.J. Alaniz. A two-run blast from Seby Zavala in the seventh widened the margin to 5-1. Brian Clark forced a double play to end the sixth on his second pitch after entering the game in relief of Spencer Adams , while Ian Hamilton closed the door in the ninth on 11 pitches.

 

"Fisher's shot is what we needed to get us going," Birmingham manager Ryan Newman said. "Both him and Zavala are swinging the bat really well right now. Hopefully we can feed off that because sometimes hitting is contagious.

 

Our pitching staff is carrying us right now. We got five-plus innings from Spencer, and our bullpen came in and shut them down. The inning Clark came in and got a double play with one out was a game-changer."

 

  • Turning Point: Bottom of the sixth: Zavala led off the frame with a ground-rule double. Courtney Hawkins drove him around to score three batters later on double down the left field line, extending the Barons' lead to 3-1.
  • By the Numbers: Two: This marks the second game in just the first week of the season were both Fisher and Zavala hit home runs in the same game. The Barons are 2-0 in those games.
  • Facts and Figures: Fisher extended his hitting streak to five games with his homer, while Hawkins, Zavala, and Matt Rose ended droughts in the win. Fisher and Zavala combined for 10 total bases, while both are tied for the team lead with five RBI on the season.
  • Up Next: The Barons take on the Biscuits in game two of the series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Regions Field. Right-hander Jordan Stephens (0-1, 1.50 ERA) looks to start for Birmingham while Zach Lee (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will get the green light for Montgomery. Curt Bloom will have the call on 960 WERC News Radio and the iHeart Radio app.

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

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