MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Biscuits (35-30) beat the Chattanooga Lookouts (34-31), 2-1, on Summer Splash Day at Riverwalk Stadium. With the victory, Montgomery pulls within a half game of the first place Jackson Generals.
Dalton Moats started for the Biscuits. The southpaw began a bullpen day for Montgomery, retiring the first seven batters before Brandon Lawson (2-0) took over in the third.
Lawson battled control problems early. The right-hander walked the second batter he faced, following Tanner English's one-out single. Despite the pair of base runners, Lawson induced a fly out of Sean Miller and struck out the Minnesota Twins' number eight prospect Brent Rooker to end the frame.
The Biscuits jumped on the board in the bottom of the third. Peter Maris hit his first Double-A home run, blasting it off Lookouts' starter Todd Van Steensel. Van Steensel was relieved by Williams Ramirez (2-3) later in the inning. Ramirez was able to subdue the threat of runners on the corners with one out, getting Nate Lowe and Brett Sullivan to pop out.
In the fourth, Lawson's control worsened. The 23-year old issued two-out walks to James Ramsey and Mitchell Kranson, spurring a mound visit from pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein. Lawson was unable to settle down immediately, surrendering a run via an RBI-single by Alex Perez. However, he was able to record the third out, striking out English to retire the side.
Similar to Lawson, Ramirez was unable to reign in his command. The Southern League All-Star walked the bases loaded, allowing the Biscuits' Sullivan to seize a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly.
The pair of runs would be all that was needed for Montgomery. Lawson went 4.2 innings, allowing a sole run while striking out seven Lookouts. Travis Ott closed the game by retiring six straight hitters in two scoreless innings, recording his first save of the season.
The Biscuits travel to Kodak, Tenn., to finish the first half against the Tennessee Smokies. J.D. Martin (4-7) will take the ball for Montgomery while the Smokies have yet to announce a starter. The first game of the five-game series is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
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