Shuckers avert Biscuits’ no-hitter as Montgomery wins 3-2

BILOXI, Miss. ( – The Biscuits got off to a rip-roaring start to the second half of their season in a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Biloxi Shuckers that very nearly saw Montgomery throw the third no-hitter in team history on Thursday night at MGM Park.

Hunter Wood (4-1), coming off of his worst start of the season against Chattanooga, got the nod for the Biscuits and was outstanding, hurling six no-hit innings, striking out five and walking just two. The two lone walks occurred in the first inning to back-to-back hitters after the first Shuckers out was recorded. After that, Wood retired 17 in a row before exiting his no-hit bid on a bullet of a comebacker that deflected off the right-hander’s throwing thumb.

The Biscuits got offensive help from Mike Marjama’s sac fly, which opened the scoring in the third, and an RBI-single by Willy Adames in the subsequent at-bat. Patrick Leonard would launch his fourth home run of the season an inning later as Montgomery went out in front, 3-0.

With Wood’s injury forcing his departure from the game, Ryne Stanek stepped in and tossed two no-hit innings of his own. Stanek would enter the ninth with the combined no-hitter still intact, but after walking the first two batters of the inning, would allow a single to Brett Phillips to spoil it. Garrett Cooper would hit a two-run single in the next at-bat to put runners on the corners with nobody out in a 3-2 game.

That’s when Biscuits skipper Brady Williams summoned Kyle Winkler to the mound, and the righty delivered an epic close-out performance, retiring the next three batters to seal the win for Montgomery. The Biscuits will try to make it three in a row on Friday, when Taylor Guerrieri (6-4) takes on Javi Salas (3-2) at 7:10 PM.