MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Montgomery Biscuits and Tennessee Smokies combined for just five hits through the first four innings of play before Montgomery scored seven runs in the next three innings to beat Tennessee for the second consecutive night, 7-2.
Austin Kirk faced the minimum through four innings. With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kyeong Kang lined a double down the left field line advancing a runner in scoring position for the first time into the game for Montgomery. After getting ahead of Riccio Torrez 0-2, Kirk walked the Montgomery infielder. Robby Price singled to load the bases for last night’s hero Hector Guevara.
Guevara laced a ball off of the glove of Kirk to shortstop Elliot Soto who could only get the out at second base and give the Biscuits a 1-0 advantage. The next batter, Mayo Acosta, drove in Torrez with a single to center field to extend the lead to two runs.
The Smokies (6-5, 40-40) ran into trouble again in the sixth inning. After retiring the first two batters of the frame, Kirk allowed a single and a walk. After a double-steal put men at second and third base, Torrez hit a single to left field to bring home a pair of runners and extend the lead to 4-0.
After the lefty allowed a single to Price to put Montgomery on top 5-0, Buddy Bailey went to right-hander P.J. Francescon. After a wild pitch moved Price to second base, Guevara looped a single to left to cap the fourrun sixth inning.
Montgomery (6-6, 44-39) kept the bats rolling in the seventh inning. Mikie Mahtook singled with one out and scored on a double by Cameron Seitzer to put the Biscuits in front 7-0.
Tennessee got on the scoreboard in the top of the 8th inning. After the first two men reached, Matt Szczur drove a ball to the left field corner to score Chad Noble making the score 7-1. With one out, Rubi Silva lined a single to center to give the Smokies their second run of the contest.
Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 for Tennessee with a run batted in while Silva, Noble, Ronald Torreyes, and Arismendy Alcantara collected the other four hits of the game.
Kirk (1-2) went 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Tennessee sends righthander Kyle Hendricks (8-2, 2.17) to the mound in game four tonight against Montgomery righty Victor Mateo (2-8, 6.23). Hendricks is 7-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his last 10 starts. First pitch is slated for 8:05 p.m.