The Birmingham Barons closed out Regions Park in style, picking up a 5-1 victory in the season finale Monday afternoon in front of 3,088 fans.
The Barons broke a scoreless tie in the fifth on an RBI single by Eric Morrison. Andy Wilkins followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jose Martinez and later in the inning Mark Haddow walked with the bases loaded to force in Morrison as the Barons took a 3-0 lead.
The Barons would tack on two more runs an inning later on a throwing error by shortstop Rafael Ynoa and a bloop RBI single by Andy Wilkins, giving them a 5-0 lead.
Barons starter Nick McCully (2-4, 4.75) picked up the final win at Regions Park, allowing three hits and striking out five over 6.0 scoreless innings. Samford graduate and Birmingham native Michael Gunter recorded the final four outs to pick up his first save of the season.
With the win, the Barons finished the season with a record of 63-76 and 33-37 in the second half. With today's attendance, the Barons welcomed 7,186,159 fans through the gates at Regions Park over the last 25 years.
Regions Park Lasts: *All Lasts recorded on September 3rd unless otherwise noted*
Last pitch/batter: Thrown by Birmingham's Michael Gunter at 3:33 PM to Chattanooga Shortstop Rafael Ynoa. The last out was recorded by Left Fielder Mark Haddow on a fly ball.
Last Hit: Rafael Ynoa singled on a line drive to left field
Last Barons Hit: First Baseman Andy Wilkins singled on a line drive to left field
Last Run/RBI: Joe Becker walked with the bases loaded, forcing in Nick Buss in the 8th inning
Last Barons Run/RBI: Andy Wilkins singled to left scoring Eric Morrison in the 6th inning
Last Double: Chattanooga's Jan Vazquez doubled off of Nick McCully in the 5th inning
Last Barons Double: Andy Wilkins doubled off of Andres Santiago in the 1st inning
Last Triple: Rafael Ynoa tripled off of Jacob Petricka (9/2/12)
Last Barons Triple: Seth Loman tripled off of Brian Schlitter (Tennessee) in the 8th inning (8/15/12)
Last Home Run: Erik Morrison off of Chattanooga's Matt Magil with a runner on in the 7th (8/30/12)
Last Stolen Base: Nick Buss stole second base in the 8th inning
Last Barons Stolen Base: Greg Paiml stole second base in the 6th inning
Last Strikeout: Greg Paiml struck out swinging against Jose Dominguez in the 8th