Bullpen blows lead in seventh
by, 06-05-2012 at 01:27 PM (228 Views)
Matt Buschmann pitched another good game, going six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits.
The Biscuits took a 1-0 lead on a lead off homer by Hak-Ju Lee in the first inning. In the sixth they added another run to their score when Ty Morrision was able to score from third on a ground ball single by Michael Sheridan. Then in the eighth inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Brad Coon grounded into a force out (4-6), but this "hit" allowed Michael Sheridan to score from third base. A wild pitch by Frank Batista drove in Tyler Bortnick for the fourth run of the Biscuits.
Normally one would think that four runs and a good outing by your SP is enough for the win... Not this time. As soon as Buschmann was pulled, the problems began. Scott Shumann walked the first two batters in the seventh and was replaced by Frank De Los Santos. De Los Santos eliminated the next two batters but couldn't get out of the inning. Three consecutive singles, a walk and a double drove in six runs for the 7-4 victory for the Smokies.
Scott Shuman was tagged with the loss (L 0-1, 10.90 ERA). Matt Bushman walked one and fanned three in six innings.
Best batter for the Biscuits was Tyler Bortnick, who went 3 for 3.
Even though the Biscuits lost, they didn't lose ground on the BayBears. Mobile was kind enough to fall to Birmingham 8-3, so the distance between Montgomery and Mobile remains one game. The Baybears' magic number remains thirteen (instead of the sixteen mentioned in my earlier post).
Matt Buschmann limited Tennessee to one run in six
innings (photo by Amanda Sowards, Montgomery Advertiser)