MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Biscuits (15-24) could not hold onto a three-run lead entering the seventh inning, losing to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (16-22), 5-4, on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium. The defeat clinched the second-straight losing series for Montgomery.
The Biscuits' offense started off with a bang on Hot Dog Food Fest night. Tampa Bay Rays' number 12 prospect Nick Solak extended his on-base streak to 25 games with a first-inning home run, his fifth of the season. In the following frame, Mike Brosseau brought home Michael Russell with an RBI-groundout, extending the advantage to 3-0.
Biscuits' starting pitcher Eduar Lopez, who was coming off a Double-A career-high of six innings in his last start, stifled the Jumbo Shrimp's bats early. The right-hander stranded two runners through the first three innings, keeping Jacksonville scoreless heading into the bottom of the third.
The Jumbo Shrimp's offense soon began to swim, however. Former Biscuit Cade Gotta collected his seventh hit of the series on a one-out triple in the fourth. Eric Jagielo scored Gotta with an RBI-groundout, plating his team-leading 19th RBI.
Despite Montgomery adding a fourth run in the sixth, via a sacrifice fly by Brandon Lowe, the Jumbo Shrimp started peppering Lopez, beginning with doubles by Jagielo and John Norwood. Even though Lopez retired Brian Schales on strikes, a single by Jacksonville catcher Rodrigo Vigil chased Lopez and cut the deficit to 4-2.
Reliever Curtis Taylor (0-1) failed to escape Lopez's jam unscathed. The British Columbia, Canada, native allowed both runners to score thanks to a pair of wild pitches, evening the score at 4-4. In the eighth, Taylor surrendered the lead as Gotta capped off a two-hit performance with a solo home run.
The Biscuits, with runners on second and third and two outs in the ninth, failed to plate a run against Jose Quijada, who preserved the win for Zech Lemond (1-0). Nathan Lukes lined out to right field to end the game.
The Biscuits finish their 10-game homestand at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday morning and the third and final Grand Slam School Day against Jacksonville. It will be a bullpen day for Montgomery. The Jumbo Shrimp will start Max Duval (1-4).
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