Suns Lose First Playoff Game on Late Rally

Jacksonville had a 3-0 lead blow up in their faces when Montgomery scored four times in the seventh, three of them with two out, and held on to dump the Suns 4-3 in the first game of the best of five South Division Championship Series.

Starter Spike Lundberg held Montgomery to four hits through his first six innings but in the seventh, Biscuits leadoff man Michael Coleman blasted a homerun to cut Jacksonville's lead to 3-1.

Lundberg retired the next two batters and then allowed a single and a double. Manager John Shoemaker called in Wesley Wright but he walked the only batter he faced.

B.J. LaMura took over and walked Johnny Raburn with the bases loaded, cutting the Suns lead to 3-2. Former Dodger minor leaguer Justin Ruggiano then belted a two-run ground rule double that bounced over the leftfield wall and put the Biscuits ahead 4-3.

Montgomery's pitching staff shut down Jacksonville and allowed only two hits after the third inning. The Suns put the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but Jean Machi came on and recorded the final out for the save.

The Suns opened an early lead on Montgomery starter Jeff Niemann in the second inning when Tony Abreu singled and moved to second when the hit was mishandled. Abreu moved to third on a ground ball and scored on a passed ball.

In the third, Chin-Lung Hu beat out a two-out infield single and Tydus Meadows crushed a two-run homerun to open a 3-0 advantage.

Game two will see Suns LH Scott Elbert face Biscuits RH Andy Sonnanstine tonight.
  Score by innings
Montgomery   000 000 400-4 
Jacksonville 012 000 000-3 

  Suns       ab r h bi ave
Greenberg CF  3 0 0 0 .000
Hu SS         4 1 1 0 .250
Meadows DH    4 1 2 2 .500
Brazell 1B    4 0 0 0 .000
Abreu 2B      3 1 2 0 .667
Raglani LF    4 0 0 0 .000
DeWitt 3B     3 0 0 0 .000
Cresse PH     1 0 0 0 .000
Ruan RF       2 0 0 0 .000
Ellis C       3 0 0 0 .000
  Totals     31 3  5 2
  Montgomery 42 4 12 4

  HR- Meadows (1). LOB- Jacksonville 
4, Montgomery 13. CS- Meadows (1). 
DP- (Ellis, Hu, Brazell and Abreu).

  Suns       in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg     6.2 8 3-3 1 11 4.05
Wright (0-1) 0.0 0 1-1 1  0  8
LaMura       0.0 1 0-0 1  0 0.00
Akin         2.1 3 0-0 3  2 0.00
  T- 3:04. Att- 2,409.
Raptors Drop Finale-- Idaho Falls warmed up for the playoffs while Ogden fell flat in its finale as the Chukars rolled over the Raptors 9-0 in the last regular season game.

The Chukars pounded Josh Wall and company for 18 hits while Harold Mozingo held the Raptor hitters completely in check.

The loss meant Ogden finished the second half all even at 19-19, good for second place but Idaho Falls with a better overall record will now meet champion Orem in the South Division playoffs. The Raptors finished with an overall record of 37-39.

Wall gave up 10 hits and six runs before being replaced in the fourth inning. He struck out three and didn't walk a man. Jesus Soto was the only Raptor with two hits. -Bill Shelley
  Score by innings
Idaho Falls 022 220 010-9 
Ogden       000 000 000-0

  Ogden     ab r h bi ave
Rogowski LF  1 0 0 0 .312
 Brown PH-LF 1 0 0 0 .244
Santana 3B   4 0 1 0 .303
Giles CF     4 0 0 0 .291
Bell DH      3 0 1 0 .308
Soto 2B      4 0 2 0 .309
Taloa 1B     4 0 0 0 .271
Van Slyke RF 4 0 1 0 .256
M-Stullz C   3 0 1 0 .197
MRivera SS   1 0 0 0 .253
 Brooks SS-C 3 0 1 0 .261
   Totals   32 0  7 0
   Id Falls 43 9 18 7

  Error- Soto. LOB- Ogden 8, 
Idaho Falls 9. DP- 2 (Brooks; 
Brooks and Taloa).

  Ogden    in h r-er bb so era
Wall (3-5) 3.2 10 6-6 0 3 5.86
Gardner    2.1  5 2-2 1 2 8.10
Gearhart   1.0  1 0-0 0 1 7.89
Acheatel   1.0  1 1-1 0 0 2.70
CWhite     1.0  1 0-0 0 0 2.68
  WP- Wall, Gardner.
T- 2:42. Att- 5,216.

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