Montgomery was all over the Bham lefty starter in game one on Thursday and didnt pull any punches against the Barons bullpen - with the 11-3 victory the Skitz are 12 wins and 9 losses, tied in the win column with Jacksonville. We are knocking on the door of the top spot in the division!
|Seitzer at first with one of his four hits|
Cameron Seitzer had a four hit game and got noticed by MiLB.com for it. A great article on his good game efforts and his family in town obviously not being a distraction!
Kevin Kiermaier had three hits, pushing his average to .353. and threw a runner out trying to take an extra base.
Mayo Acosta played 1b and handled all his fielding chances well.
O'Malley hit his first homer of the year, a no doubter that almost rang the flagpole.
Four players had two RBI, Seitzer had three.
Jake Thompson again labored to get just four innings but struck out six men. Andrew Bellatti came on from the bullpen and got the win, pitching an inning and two thirds.
|Jake Thompson prepares|
Billy Gardner was denied a pitching change in the ninth - he sent setup man Marquis Fleming to the hill to warm up and then came out to change pitchers. A time honored tradition for getting your reliever a few extra tosses.
But he was rebuffed by the umpire crew, informed that if the pitcher comes out and warms up he must face a hitter unless he is injured. As a result, Neil Schenk pitched to two hitters in the ninth, striking out one.
Barons outfielder Jared Mitchell left the game with what appeared to be an oblique strain and was replaced by Tracye Thompson. After the game Thompson wasn't sure if he would play Friday, taking a wait and see approach.
Friday Matt Buschmann vs lefty Spencer Arroyo
Saturday Merrill Kelly vs Erik Johnson
Sunday Enny Romero vs lefty Scott Snodgress
Monday Victor Mateo vs Stephen McCray
Looks to be a good series, tough Bham pitchers, especially prospect guys Johnson and Snodgress. Montgomery will need their bullpen to stay strong and keep adding runs late in games, as the Biscuits have been doing the first few weeks of the year.
LUCKY WHITEMANS STORY
FROM MONTGOMERY CLIMBER TO WORLD SERIES HERO
|World Series 1918 Ticket|
Lucky's success has given him the cleanup spot in the batting order and today he helps the Red Sox in the field as well.
|1918 World Series throwback uniforms|
George Whiteman makes a diving catch in the top of the first and threw to second to catch Charlie Hollocher before he could get back - double play.
|Charlie Hollocher Chi|
Later in the game he would thow Hollocher out at the plate in the seventh inning.
At the plate Lucky would add to his hot series numbers with a seventh inning single, but the Red Sox would fall to the Cubs 3-0 and set the stage for Lucky Whitemans encounter with the Babe Ruth Curse!