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Mudcats hit the comeback trail
ZEBULON -- For the second consecutive day, the Carolina Mudcats spotted the Montgomery Biscuits a big 5-1 lead before coming all the way back to win the game in their final at bat 8-7 on Sunday afternoon before 5,924 at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown.

Montgomery (6-4) pushed across a run in the first off Mudcat starter Alexander Smit when Greg Sexton singled home Shawn O’Malley for the early one-run lead.

The Biscuits added four runs in the third when Ian Paxton looped a double just inside the right field line to clear the loaded bases and give Montgomery a 5-1 cushion.

Carolina (6-4) then began on the comeback trail with two runs in the fourth on a Jose Castro two-run single and after a single run in the fifth, Carolina was within a run at 5-4.

In the last of the seventh, Yonder Alonso belted his second home run in as many days to tie the score at 5-5.

However, Montgomery stormed right back in the top of the eight with two runs off Mudcat reliever Sean Watson, and after a scoreless ninth by Phillippe Valiquette, Carolina was down by just two going into its final at-bat.

After a leadoff double by Sean Danielson and a walk to Kris Negron, the Mudcats cut the lead to one run when, Yonder Alonso, collected his second RBI of the day on a single to right to cut the lead in half.

The Biscuits intentionally walked Denis Phipps to load the bases for Eric Eymann, who, on a 0-2 pitch, lined a base hit past the dive of the Biscut first basemen Matt Fields to plate pinch runner, Michael Griffin and give the Mudcats a walk-off win.

The Carolina Mudcats spotted the Montgomery Biscuits three runs in the top of the first on a three-run home run from Matt Fields and couldn’t rally as the Biscuits defeated the homestanding Mudcats 5-3 at Five County Stadium last Saturday night.

Montgomery (6-3) then added another run in the second to take a 4-0 lead before the Mudcats scored their first run on the board.

Carolina (5-4) was trailing 4-1 in the top of the bottom of the fifth when the Biscuits pulled starter David Newmann in favor of Eddie Morlan, who struggled to find the zone against the heard of the Mudcats order.

With a runner at second an one out, Yonder Alonso belted a two-run shot to right field that hit the roof of the visiting club house and pulled the Mudcats to within two at 5-3.

However, the Montgomery bullpen closed the door as Paul Phillips pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season while Matthew Gorgen pitched around some ninth inning trouble that saw the Mudcats bring the tying run to the plate, but Denis Phipps fouled out to end the game and give the Biscuits their third win of the series.

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