Generals Rally in Ninth, Stun Biscuits, 9-6
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Biscuits (62-37) let a 5-3 lead slip away in the ninth, and fell to the Jackson Generals (55-41) in game three of their brief four-game series, 9-6, on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
Kenny Rosenberg made his 13th start of the season and retired the first three batters he faced before running into trouble the next inning. The lefty walked four batters in the top of the second, including one to Galli Cribbs with the bases loaded after serving up an RBI-single to Mark Karaviotis, and the Generals led it 2-0 early.
Jackson starter Bo Takahashi kept the Biscuits off the board through the first three innings, but served up a one-out triple to Josh Lowe, who then scored on a Brett Sullivan RBI-groundout in the fourth. Later that inning, after a two-out walk to Tristan Gray, Miles Mastrobuoni pummeled an RBI-triple to straightaway center to tie the game at two.
The game remained deadlocked at two until the bottom of the sixth when the Biscuits loaded the bases against Takahashi thanks to singles by Taylor Walls and Brett Sullivan, and a walk to Josh Lowe. Gray then hit a sac fly to center to give the Biscuits their first lead at 3-2, and then later in the inning, Mastrobuoni rolled a two-run single into right to make to 5-2. Mastrobuoni now has 11 RBIs over his last 11 games.
After Brian Shaffer worked a 1-2-3 seventh, Tyler Zombro came on and allowed three-straight one-out singles before surrendering a Pavin Smith sac fly that made it 5-3. Zombro proceeded to get out of another bases-loaded jam, getting Ramon Hernandez to ground out to second to end the threat.
After the Biscuits went three and out in the bottom of the eighth, Ian Gardeck (0-1) came on to close things out in the ninth, but after allowing a lead-off single to Renae Martinez and a walk to Mark Karaviotis, the right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to Galli Cribbs that made it 6-5, Jackson. The Generals would add three more runs thanks to a pair of Biscuit errors to make it a six-run ninth.
The Biscuits would add a run in the bottom half thanks to an RBI-triple by Vidal Brujan, but went on to suffer what was perhaps their most memorable loss of the season so far.
Montgomery will try to split the series with a win in the finale on Sunday at 5:05 PM CT when an opener and Jason Garcia (2-0) battle against Cole Stapler (2-0) with a Lil' Crumbs Dress Like a Player and Helmet Giveaway at Riverwalk Stadium.
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