It was not the way that Bahamian shortstop Lucius Fox wanted his season to come to a halt, as his Montgomery Biscuits lost to the Jackson Generals, 6-5, in a nail-biter in their Double-A Southern League semifinals, at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, on Saturday. The Biscuits lost the series three games to one.
After the Generals went up 1-0 on a home-run by pitcher Shane McClanahan, Fox hit a line drive for a lead-off triple in the bottom of the first inning. That triple set up designated hitter Brett Sullivan to hit a two-run homer to right. The Biscuits went up 2-1 at the end of the first tinning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Fox hit a line drive for a double but was left stranded.
The Generals used a huge four-run fourth inning to go ahead. That put the Generals up 6-2 and the pressure was on the Biscuits to survive.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Generals were up 6-4 when they made a pitching change. The Biscuits had second baseman Miles Mastrobuoni on third base and right fielder Thomas Milone on second base with no outs. They were poised to score a couple runs and pull even.
Mastrobuoni came home on a Sullivan sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 6-5. However, the game ended in the Generals’ favor when Biscuits’ third baseman Tristan Gray hit a fly ball to center field.
Fox was substituted out of the game in the top of the fifth inning. He finished the game going a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored.
The Generals now return to the Double-A Southern League championship series for a second straight year and the third time in the last four years.
Fox and his team won the first game 4-0, but lost the other three games, 9-1, 4-0 and 6-5.
In his last 10 games, Fox had a batting average of .333, going 10-for-30 with seven runs scored. He stole three bases during that span.
This season was a good season for the Bahamian. He was called up to play for the Durham Bulls in Triple-A baseball on July 17. He rejoined the Biscuits for the rest of the season on August 7.
Fox is known for his speed and deceptive power. He stole a career-high 39 bases this season. Fox finished the season with a batting average of .221 and had 66 runs scored. He finished 10 hits short of the century mark with 90 hits this season, and had a slugging percentage of .327.
Before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, Fox played in the San Francisco Giants system.