The loss drops Pensacola to an 11-7 record in the second half, while Mobile improved to an 8-10 mark since the Southern League's All-Star Break. The Blue Wahoos announced during the game that Sunday home contests in July and August will move to a 4:00 p.m. first pitch, with gates opening at 2:30 p.m. Games that will reflect this change are July 15, August 12 and August 19.
The BayBears scored a Southern League-high for this year of 20 runs, plating five tallies in the fifth, three in the sixth, five in the seventh, three in the eight and four in the ninth. The club combined for four longballs, including grand slams from LF Bobby Borchering and pinch hitter Daniel Kaczrowski, while Krauss mashed a pair of three-run blasts.
Krauss (3-4, 4 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB), along with SS Chris Ownings (3-7, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI), 1B Kyle Greene (3-4, 3 R, 2 BB), CF Evan Frey (2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB), 3B Matt Davidson (2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB) and C Ed Easley (2-4, 3 R, 2 BB) all collected a multi-hit effort in the contest for the BayBears. All eight position players in the Mobile starting lineup accumulated at least one base knock.
The Blue Wahoos started the scoring with single scores in the third and fourth to go up 2-0. RF Andrew Means doubled down the left field line before coming home when 2B Brodie Greene singled to right in the third, while C Tucker Barnhart doubled in the fourth for his first hit at the Double-A level in his third game, prior to a run-scoring single up the middle by Miguel Rojas.
3B David Vidal added to Pensacola's tally in the ninth by leading off the frame with a roundtripper that snuck inside the foul pole down the left field line. The longball was the third of the year for Vidal and his first since June 29 versus Jacksonville in Pensacola.
Mobile starting pitcher David Holmberg (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) earned the victory to improve to 2-1 this year after allowing just two earned runs on five hits in six frames, while Pensacola reliever Brian Pearl (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) suffered the defeat to fall to 0-1. Blue Wahoos starter Mark Serrano (4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 SO) started the game strong by firing four shutout innings, yielding just three hits and fanning five in his outing.
With the series tied at 1-1, the Blue Wahoos and BayBears are scheduled to face off Monday night for the rubber match of the three-game set, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at the bayfront stadium. Pensacola is expected to send RHP Daniel Corcino to the mound, while RHP Derek Eitel is slated to take the mound for Mobile.
It's Social Media Monday at the stadium for the final game of the homestand, with fans encouraged to "Tweet Your Seat" to the Blue Wahoos' Twitter account (@BlueWahoosBBall) for a chance to win a prize. Fans not able to attend can catch the contest online on MiLB.TV, as well as on 1450 AM ESPN Pensacola or ESPNPensacola.com.