MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Brett Sullivan's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and lifted the Biscuits (34-23) to a crucial 1-0 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (28-29) on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium. The win guaranteed that the Biscuits would remain in first place in the First Half North Division at least a half-game over the Jackson Generals going into Wednesday.
Sam McWilliams (4-2) was on the mound for Montgomery, and the 6'7" right-hander dominated Smokies hitters to the tune of eight shutout innings, matching his teammate Josh Fleming for the longest Biscuit start of the season. McWilliams hit three batters, but scattered just four hits, walked only one, and fanned a season-high eight in the righty's seventh start of the season. He also extended his consecutive-scoreless inning streak to 15.
Cubs number eight prospect Justin Steele was just as impressive on the other side for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth before Lucius Fox punched a single into the outfield. Steele then handed the reigns to Michael Rucker (0-2), who walked Kevin Padlo in the sixth, but kept the Biscuits off the board until the eighth. The walk to Padlo means that the Biscuits third baseman has now reached in 19-consecutive games-the longest active streak in the Southern League.
In the eighth, Rucker was back on, and after falling behind 2-0, Sullivan delivered his tie-breaking home run, a screamer over the right field wall, to put the Biscuits in front. The smash was Sullivan's third of the season. Tyler Zombro then entered for McWilliams in the ninth, and set the Smokies down in order for his third save, and the Biscuits' ninth shutout of 2019.
The Biscuits, who recorded just two hits in the win, will look to remain in first and take the series on Wednesday when Kenny Rosenberg (4-1) deals against Thomas Hatch (2-5) at 6:35 PM CT, which will include a Trucker Hat Giveaway presented by U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, June 5. The series finale will be 80's Night featuring a T-Shirt Giveaway presented by Gipson's Tire Pros on Thursday, June 6.
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