PENSACOLA, FL - The Mobile BayBears lost their fourth straight series on Thursday night, falling 2-0 at the hands of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for the third time in five games. With the win, the Wahoos have taken the series three games to two.
Pensacola opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st and closed it in the bottom of the 8th, taking the lead on a Tucker Barnhart RBI single, and extending it on a Travis Mattair home run on the first pitch of the 8th inning.
Bradin Hagens (9-7) dropped his third straight start, despite the fact that he allowed just one run in five innings of work. The right-hander was able to work his way out of trouble all night, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Blue Wahoos left 11 men on base throughout the night, but the BayBears were unable to do anything offensively against a quartet of Pensacola pitchers.
Carlos Contreras (1-1) earned his first AA victory with six shutout innings, and he did not allow his one and only hit until the top of the 6th inning. He walked two and struck out one.
The BayBears mounted a rally in the top of the 9th, putting two men on with one out on back-to-back singles from Nick Ahmed and Mike Freeman, but Trevor Bell was able to shut the door for his 10th save in as many opportunities.
Bell won an epic battle with Dustin Martin, striking out the BayBears cleanup man on the 13th pitch of the at bat for the second out of the inning, and then came the last out. With a two and one count on Ryan Court, Ahmed and Freeman attempted a double steal, with Freeman being thrown out at second base to end the game.
This is the first series win for Pensacola over Mobile, but the BayBears continue to lead the Bay-to-Bay series 14-6.
In the three 2-0 Pensacola victories the BayBears managed a total of just 10 hits.
The BayBears now return to Hank Aaron Stadium for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday night against the Jackson Generals. Archie Bradley (6-5, 2.28) will be on the mound for Mobile opposite James Gillheeney (4-5, 4.02) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 CT.