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Biscuits rally to beat the Rays 6-5 at Riverwalk Stadium

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Biscuits Media Relations) - After trailing 5-0, the Biscuits put up four runs in the sixth inning before coming back to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in the final exhibition game of the Spring for both teams at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Biscuits entered the sixth inning trailing by five. Back-to-back doubles by Jake Hager and Joey Rickard made it a 5-1 game before Riccio Torrez drove in a run with a single to make it 5-2. The exclamation mark came one batter after Torrez when Jeff Malm launched a two-run blast to bring the Biscuits within one. 

Taylor Motter tied the game at five with an opposite field home run to lead off the seventh. In the eighth inning, with two runners on, Richie Shaffer drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to the wall in right, driving in Luke Maile.

Michael Colla went four innings for the win. He allowed one run on four hits with two walks and two strike outs.

All of the Rays everyday starters were in the lineup except for catcher. Evan Longoria - played for the Biscuits in 2006 and 2007 - went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Desmond Jennings - with the Biscuits in 2009 - went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Chris Archer - Biscuits starter in 2011 - started the game. The righty went four scoreless-innings with six strikeouts and no walks for the no-decision.

The Biscuits open their season on Thursday, April 3 against the Birmingham Barons. First pitch is set for 7:05 at Riverwalk Stadium. 

The Rays open their season in Tropicana Field on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wednesday, exclusively on WSFA 12 News' Today in Alabama, the Montgomery Biscuits made a big announcement that Big Mo will no longer be lonely; he's getting a new friend, a micro pig!

WSFA 12 News Reporter Melissa Johnson interviewed Sherrie Myers, co-owner of the Biscuits, and the state AG commissioner live from Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday morning where they announced the big news.

Along with the new mascot, the Biscuits have also launched a contest for the public to help name the pig. Winners will be announced Saturday, April 5. ​You can compete to name the pig by submitting your entry for the name:

SUBMIT YOUR NAME SUGGESTION HERE

Officials say they are working with the Department of Agriculture to provide the best care for the new mascot.

"We've got a good plan in place as far as feeding, care, nutrition, housing, after hours care, veterinarian emergency care, if something gets sick or something happens here at the game," said Dr. Brad Fields, the official veterinarian for the Montgomery Biscuits. "There's always going to be people who have concerns, I can assure you the department of agriculture, the Montgomery Biscuits, and all the people involved have looked at all of these and have addressed any concerns that we have."

Biscuits leaders hope the new mascot and the Rays exhibition game will help increase attendance at the ballpark this year. The organization says that after ten years of existence, the crowds have started to dwindle and that could be a problem for the Biscuits down the road.

"Major League Baseball does constantly look at what the attendance is in relation to the level of the team and there are only 30 double A teams in the country," Myers said. "Montgomery is a little bit of a smaller market than would normally have been allowed to have a double A team. So, it's even more reason for us all to just make it a priority to attend two to three times a year."​

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

(Courtesy: Biscuits Media Relations)

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