Biscuits Drop 14-Inning Thriller to Shuckers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( – The Biscuits lost their longest game of the season on Wednesday night, falling to the Biloxi Shuckers 3-2 in 14 innings in a contest that lasted almost four hours.

Jake Faria (1-5) got the start for the Biscuits, and besides a first inning that saw the All-Star walk two and allow an RBI-single to Garrett Cooper, the right-hander was outstanding, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, surrendering just four hits along with nine strikeouts.

Faria’s opponent Jorge Ortega (0-5) pitched well, too, going 5.2 innings and allowing six hits, including an RBI-single to Pat Blair in the second that tied the game, and another RBI to Mike Marjama in bottom of the sixth as the Biscuits took the lead 2-1.

Montgomery would protect that lead until the top of the ninth when Ryne Stanek came out of the bullpen for his second inning of work and served up a game-tying RBI-double to Victor Roache that bounced down the left field line to plate pinch-runner Omar Garcia. That made it a 2-2 game as both teams headed for extra innings.

In the fourteenth, Brad Schreiber entered the game for Montgomery and gave up a lead-off triple to Roache. After Javier Betancourt was retired, Chris McFarland stepped up and lined one into left field to plate Roache for the go-ahead, and game-winning run as the Biscuits could not come back to tie in the bottom half of the inning.

The Biscuits, who made four errors on Wednesday night, including three by the shortstop Blair, are now a game below .500 at 29-30 and tied for second place in the North Division with the Chattanooga Lookouts, ten games behind the first-place Jackson Generals. The Biscuits will try to get back to .500 on Thursday when Taylor Guerrieri takes on Wei Chung Wang at 7:05 PM.