Biscuits subdue BayBears, 5-2
MONTGOMERY - Tony Peguero extended the woes of visiting Mobile, allowing one earned run in seven strong innings, as the Montgomery Biscuits defeated the BayBears (25-41), 5-2.
The Dominican righthander's outing came one day after Andy Sonnanstine mesmerized the Mobile lineup for the first nine-inning shutout in Biscuits history.
Peguero (7-6) may not have been quite as dominant as Sonnanstine, but he found the same ease in flying through the BayBears' batsmen, scattering five hits, striking out one and walking one.
Mobile starter Jared Wells held the Biscuits scoreless in the first inning, but was relieved by eventual losing pitcher Paul Abraham (4-6) to begin the second inning, beginning a parade of four BayBears bullpen members to the mound.
Montgomery reached Abraham for two runs in the second, with Gabriel Martinez scoring on an error by centerfielder Drew Macias and Michael Coleman tallying two batters later on Francisco Leandro's double play grounder.
In the fifth inning, Wes Bankston's RBI double off of Bubba Nelson gave the Biscuits a 3-0 lead, an advantage that Mobile could not surmount.
The BayBears mounted their sole threat against Peguero in the top of the sixth. A Matthew Maniscalco throwing error put Brett Dowdy on base to start the frame. Juan Ciriaco followed with a sinking line drive that Biscuits centerfielder Jason Pridie snared with a headlong dive toward the infield. Pridie's effort proved important as Vincent Sinisi and George Kottaras sandwiched singles around a groundout to score Dowdy with Mobile's first run, Kottaras taking second on an attempt to throw out Dowdy at the plate. With the tying runs in scoring position, Peguero bore down and induced an inning-ending groundout to third from cleanup hitter Joey Gomes.
A Matthew Maniscalco two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth pushed the Biscuits lead back to three runs.
In the seventh, Michael Johnson crushed a solo home run to right in the top of the frame, but Montgomery answered with a Wes Bankston sacrifice fly to close out the scoring.
Jean Machi pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to record his fourth save of the season for the the Biscuits.
The third game of the five-game series will be played at 7:05 pm on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium. A victory for Montgomery will assure them of the series victory.
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Southern League Stories from June 14, 2006
- Suns win 14th straight at Mississippi - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Biscuits subdue BayBears, 5-2 - Montgomery Biscuits
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- Unearned run downs Braves - Mississippi Braves
- Montgomery beats Mobile 5-3 - Mobile BayBears
- Stars hammer Jaxx - Jackson Generals
- Birmingham tops Mudcats, 2-1 - Birmingham Barons
- Molina heads to DL - Carolina Mudcats
- Birmingham nips Carolina, 2-1 - Carolina Mudcats
- Salas promoted to Durham - Montgomery Biscuits
- Tommy John appearance to highlight festivities at the 11th Annual Rickwood Classic - Birmingham Barons
- First half champs start second half at home Monday - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
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