Biscuits whomp Smokies 8-1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( – The Biscuits had no problem taking down one of the best pitchers in the Southern League on Wednesday night, defeating Paul Blackburn and the Tennessee Smokies 8-1 at Riverwalk Stadium.

Blackburn (3-1) came into the game having allowed just one earned run all season-all the way back on April 8-boasting a miniscule ERA of just 0.24. But the Biscuits (19-13) jumped all over the Cubs number 19 prospect early, putting up a three-spot in the first thanks to RBI-singles from Jake Bauers and Mike Marjama, and sac fly by Casey Gillaspie.

That was all Biscuits starter Taylor Guerrieri (2-1) would need as the right-hander produced maybe his best start of the year, going six strong innings of one-run ball, surrendering just three hits to the hapless Smokies (15-18).

The Biscuits would add to a 3-1 lead in the sixth when Gillaspie hit what might go down as the fastest home run of the season, a blistering rocket over the right-center field wall to make it a three-run game. The solo blast extended Gillaspie’s team-high on-base streak to 15 games in the process.

Montgomery would pad the lead in the eighth when Juniel Querecuto swatted a bases-clearing three-run double, and the bullpen did the rest, getting a scoreless inning from Brett Marshall and a two-inning shutout appearance by Jeff Ames.

The Biscuits have won the series, their fifth of the season, and will try to make it four victories in a row on Thursday night when Ryne Stanek (1-4) battles Tyler Skulina (1-2) at 7:05 PM.