MONTGOMERY, ALA. (August 27, 2010) - Despite out-hitting the Biscuits (29-32) on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium 13 to 11, the Diamond Jaxx (28-33) fell to Montgomery, 12-5. Every Diamond Jaxx starter had a hit on Friday night. The Jaxx lead in the overall (wildcard) race, for the last playoff spot is at four games over Huntsville, with nine to play. The Stars and Mobile were rained out on Friday. The Jaxx magic number to make the playoffs is still at six.
Matt Lawson, Alex Liddi, Carlos Peguero and Leury Bonilla had two-hit games for the Jaxx. Johan Limonta hit a homer and drove in two runs, while Joe Dunigan had two RBI's. Jose Ruiz is now 7-for-9 in the series after compiling four hits on Thursday; he had three hits on Friday. John Matulia had three hits as well for Montgomery. Craig Albernaz knocked in three runs on his first homer of the season.
Jimmy Gillheeney (0-1) suffered his first Double-A loss by allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits through five innings. Gillheeney struck out five and walked one in his second start for the Jaxx. Ryan Reid (2-3) got the win for Montgomery and allowed two runs on four hits in two innings of relief. Justin Dowdy collected his first save of the season by tossing three scoreless innings to finish the game.
Craig Albernaz hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to put the Biscuits on the board. The first homerun of the season for Albernaz gave the Biscuits a 3-0 lead.
Montgomery added to their advantage in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a Jaxx error and scoring two more runs. John Matuilia and Henry Wrigley drove in runs to make the score, 5-0 Biscuits after three.
Joe Dunigan drove in Guillermo Quiroz and Carlos Peguero with a bases loaded single in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Lawson doubled in Leury Bonilla to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Diamond Jaxx tied the game in the top of the fifth on the 2-run homerun from Johan Limonta. The Jaxx tied the game at 5-5 on the 14th homer of the year for Limonta.
The Jaxx lead did not last long as Nevin Ashley drilled a 2-run shot that gave Montgomery back the lead at 7-5. The long ball was the seventh of the season for Ashley.
Montgomery busted the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth by scoring five runs against Jaxx reliever, Wes Littleton. The five-run inning gave the Biscuits a 12-5 advantage.
The Diamond Jaxx and Biscuits play again at Riverwalk Stadium on Saturday night, with first pitch set for 7:05. RHP Luis Munoz (6-5, 4.04) will pitch for the Jaxx, while the Biscuits will counter with RHP Jeremy Hall (5-8, 3.70). The game can be heard on Jackson's NewsTalk 101.5 FM or online at diamondjaxx.com
The Diamond Jaxx will return to Pringles Park on Tuesday, August 31 for the final home stand of the season. The Jaxx will host the Mississippi Braves for three games and Chattanooga for four. Fans can purchase tickets online at diamonjaxx.com or by calling the Pringles Park box office Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 731-988-JAXX.
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