Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Montgomery Takes 9-4 Southern League Victory Over Jacksonville

PHOTO By NANCY BEECHER/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE –– Tristan Gray’s three-run homer got the ball rolling for the Montgomery Biscuits in a 9-4 win over Jacksonville Monday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Trailing 5-1, McKenzie Mills relieved Jumbo Shrimp starter Robert Dugger in the sixth.

He gave up a double to Lucious Fox he went to third on a called balk. David Rodriquez hit his second triple of the game easily scoring Fox. A Jermaine Palacious single plated Rodriguez. Palacious scored on Miles Mastrobuoni’s infield ground out to for a 7-1 lead.

Jacksonville cut into the margin in their half of the inning. Brian Miller doubled. Then Joe Dunand hit his third home run of the season to make it 7-3.

The visitors struck for three runs in the third against Dugger and never trailed.  With one out Mastrobouni reached first on an error. Brett Sullivan then doubled, scoring Mastrobouni.

Jesus Sanchez walked. Sullivan was thrown out by catcher B.J. Lopez on a double steal. Gray made it 3-0 on his home run.

The Biscuits added two more runs in the fourth.

Jacksonville’s second error of the game put Fox on first. Rodriquez then skied an RBI triple over the head of center fielder Corey Bird. He would make it 5-0 when her scored on an infield grounder by Palacious.

Justin Twine led off Jacksonville’s fourth with a base hit off Montgomery starter Paul Campbell. He went two third on Miller’s single to right field. He would cross home plate on Dunand’s sacrifice fly to center.

Lopez would score Jacksonville’s  fourth run on Twine’s triple in the seventh.

The Biscuits extended their lead to 9-4 after Palacious doubled in Fox and Robbie Tenerowicz who were on board in the eighth with back to back walks.

The Jumbo Shrimp committed three errors to the Biscuits’ two.

The two clubs meet again Tuesday in the final game of the five-game home stand. First pitch set for 12:05 p.m.

ROSTER MOVES – Infielder Eddy Alvarez has been reinstated from Jacksonville’s injured list and transferred to High-A Jupiter. Alvarez played in one game for the Jumbo Shrimp on April 5 before he was placed on the injured list on April 6. Alvarez is 1-for-3 at the plate for Jacksonville this season.

LAST TIME OUT – Cody Poteet fired eight innings of one-run ball on Sunday, but a ninth-inning Kevin Padlo home run lifted the Montgomery Biscuits to a 3-1 victory over the Jumbo Shrimp. In the fourth inning, Miles Mastrobuoni doubled before scoring on a wild pitch for the game’s first run. Jacksonville trailed 1-0 until the eighth, when B.J. Lopez scored on a Biscuits error. In the ninth, Padlo blasted a two-run shot to put Montgomery ahead 3-1. Poteet needed just 84 pitches to get through his eight frames. He ceded just one run on three hits while striking out four against two walks. Biscuits starter Sam McWilliams hurled seven scoreless innings of his own in the effort.

LEAGUE HONORS – The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that Montgomery infielder Kevin Padlo has been named Player of the Week, while Biscuits RHP Sam McWilliams has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. This marks the second week in a row that a pair of teammates has swept the SL’s weekly honors. Both awards recognize these players’ performances for games during the week of June 3-9. Padlo, 22, earns Player of the Week honors after reaching base safely in all seven games for Montgomery this week; leading the Biscuits to a 6-1 overall record and a 3.5 game lead in the Southern League’s North Division standings. Over the past seven days, Padlo led all Southern League batters in OPS (1.686), total bases (22), and slugging percentage (1.100) while ranking among the league leaders in RBI (8, T-1st), on-base percentage (.586, 2nd), batting average (.450, 3rd), and hits (9, T-4th). McWilliams, 23, is named Pitcher of the Week following a pair of high quality starts which combined into a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/15.0 IP). The Orlando, Florida native allowed just seven total hits and two walks this past week while striking out 11 opposing batters and securing a pair of team victories for the first-place Biscuits.


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