Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sweet Buttery Biscuits!

.... was the rally cry from the first base side of the park as the homestanding Biscuits out-dueled the Jacksonville Suns in the final home game of the year. The game took on a higher significance for the Suns, the Biscuits matched the form they have showed all year and played their toughest game of the season to spoil the J-ville Nine's hold on first place.

Dietrich then
Derek Dietrich tried to fire the Suns up against his former team in the dugout before the game and on the field. However his vocal cheerleading brought the attention of the Biscuits team and fans to life as well. It likely inspired better play from Montgomery than it had given in any of the other 134 games before it, save for the Victor Mateo no-hitter.

After the Biscuits scored the first run of the game in the third inning, the Suns and Skitz tossed the lead back and forth repeatedly.

The Suns went ahead in the fourth on a Dietrich home run, the Biscuits answered with one in the fifth as O'Malley scored and advanced on a fielders choice, wild pitch and Ryan Brett single. The Suns retook the lead in the sixth inning when Dietrich doubled a run home, but the Biscuits would not be denied, again scoring in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at three.

In the seventh inning Braulio Lara skated thin ice, putting runners on the corners before getting veteran minor leaguer Chris Gutierrez in an inning ending groundout.

Dont raise the white flag yet!
In the eighth inning it was Juan Sandoval, but the Biscuits closer was touched for three runs.

Sando walked the leadoff hitter and Dietrich followed with a single, both were driven home by prospect-nearing-suspect Zack Cox rbi double. When Cox scored on a single it looked bleak for the Biscuits and the Montgomery fans.

As the Suns celebrated taking back the lead Derek Dietrich whooped so loudly in the visitors dugout, his voice cracked, resulting in an odd screech that was heard throughout the park. Fans took notice. So too, apparently did the players in the home dugout.

The bottom of the eighth inning started a swell of excitement, the crowd did the wave and a different atmosphere settled on Riverwalk Stadium. There would be no playoffs, no championship here this year. But there was this, and suddenly the Biscuits realized they wanted it.

Reliever McGough came into the game, the fourth pitcher to take the hill for the Suns. But it could have been Cy Young himself, there was no defense to stop the Montgomery team this day.


O'Malley weilded the shillelagh brilliantly and stood at first with his third safety of the match. He used the slug bunt to get the ball past the pitchers mound and the cheerleading Dietrich was caught surprised and unable to get to the ball before Shawn had reached the bag.

The powerful Kyeong Kang was sent to pinch hit for Tinoco. When Kang was struck out on three pitches the crowd groaned, but nine-hitter Robby Price lifted them back to life by driving a single to left. Ryan Brett walked to load the bases and after another Suns pitching change the stage was set for two of the best Biscuits moments of 2013.

Delmon Young came to the plate, and the crowd went wild.

The prodigal sun had come back and now had a chance at redemption. This was the moment waiting to be seized as it hung from the tree, the last fruit of a long summer would be sweet for the hometown hero - Young rapped the second pitch he saw into right centerfield, scoring the pinch runner Estrada. The crowd cheered for Delmon, and meant it.

Mikie Mahtook popped a foul to first base for out number two and the fans knew the Biscuits were in trouble. Still down a run but with the bases loaded, cleanup hitter Curtis Casali coming up with two away.

Curtis Casali had an at bat for the ages, fouling off pitch after pitch and working the count full in a five minute battle. Casali won the battle and the war by driving in a pair of runs to give the Skitz the lead on the 11th pitch of the at bat. The crowd was crazed and cheered with wild abandon!
Geaux Biscuits!

Cameron Seitzer followed Casali, driving in an insurance run that topped the scoring at four.

Sandoval needed just seven pitches in the ninth inning to end the game and sent the Suns limping back to Jacksonville, reeling after losing four out of five and tied with the Braves for the division lead.

An epic game ending in victory for the Biscuits to cap off the season at home. One of the best games of the year, and perhaps in the top ten games ever played at Riverwalk.

How cool is that Braves vs Suns series? Its like an extra round of playoffs! Braves vs Suns and the team that can win the series wins the division!

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