The Pensacola Blue Wahoos went ahead on a two-run homer by Joel Guzman in the third inning and never looked back on their way to a 7-5 win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday afternoon in front of another capacity crowd of 5,038 at Pensacola’s multi-use stadium.
Already leading 3-1, Pensacola blew the game open with a four-run seventh inning. The big blow was a bases-clearing three-run double by left fielder Cody Puckett to put the Wahoos in front by six. The Biscuits made things interesting with three unearned runs in the eighth. All three runs scored after a Blue Wahoos fielding miscue extended the inning. They added another in the ninth, but center fielder Brad Coon grounded out to first baseman Mike Costanzo to end the game with the tying run on base.
Guzman and Puckett each led the way offensively with a pair of hits. Puckett chipped in three RBIs while Guzman contributed two. Tim Gustafson (1-0, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER) picked up with win out of the bullpen while Donnie Joseph (.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K) notched his second save. Montgomery starter Joe Cruz (3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) was saddled with the loss.
The two teams conclude the series on Monday when the Blue Wahoos send right-hander J.C. Sulbaran to the mound opposite Biscuit righty Jacob Thompson. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. in Pensacola.
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