The Biscuits made an unusual move for the first two games of the Jacksonville series and it paid off in Game 3.
They left one of their pitchers home.
Mitch Talbot didn't go with the team to Jacksonville and spent the two days golfing, relaxing and preparing for Saturday's game.
It must have worked. Talbot threw a five-hit shutout, struck out a Biscuits-record 14 and walked none in Montgomery's 2-0 sweep-sealing win.
It ended a semi-vacation for Talbot, who had spent the two previous days here while his teammates sweated out two wins over the Suns.
"I would have liked to have been there, but with the bus ride back and pitching the next day, they thought it would be better if I stayed back," Talbot said Saturday. "I'd have been going down there to just sit and watch."
Talbot got his golf in, but he also got his work. The Devil Rays have a daily schedule for their starting pitchers. Montgomery's coaches trusted Talbot to keep the schedule while they weren't there.
"I've been golfing a lot," Talbot said, "but I came up here and threw against the (outfield) wall to get my throwing in."
I think they should do it again!
They're considering it, but I doubt they leave him this time for scouting purposes.
Talbot was quite familiar with the Suns because he had just pitched against them three weeks ago. He also had a start in late July.
Talbot hasn't seen the Stars.
Montgomery and Huntsville last played in early May, way back when Talbot was a Corpus Christi Hook.
Also, since it's a lot shorter drive from Huntsville, the team will get back at a much earlier time.
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