MOBILE, AL - It started with a two-out fly ball; it ended with a blowout victory.
The Mobile BayBears scored five times with two outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, and went on to steamroll the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 10-2 on Friday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. With the win Mobile now sits in first place, a half game ahead of both the Jacksonville Suns and Mississippi Braves in Southern League South Division second half standings.
With two outs and Ryan Court on first in the bottom of the 2nd, Keon Broxton hit a seemingly routine fly ball into shallow right-center field. Neither center-fielder Theo Bowe or right-fielder Yorman Rodriguez saw the ball, however, and it landed safely to open the scoring an begin a disastrous spell for Pensacola starter Daniel Renken.
The right-hander allowed the next four men to reach base safely, culminating with a Nick Ahmed 3-run double, and in the blink of an eye the BayBears were up 5-0.
That was more than enough for Archie Bradley, who earned his league-leading 12th victory, allowing just one earned run on three hits in five innings. He finishes the regular season 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA in 21 starts as a BayBear.
Four BayBears - Ahmed, Broxton, Mike Freeman and Sawyer Carroll - finished the game with two hits apiece, while Ahmed and Carroll each delivered 3 RBIs.
Mobile now leads the Bay-to-Bay series with Pensacola 16-6 with three contests remaining.
Saturday night will pit BayBears lefty Andrew Chafin against Jon Moscot for the Wahoos, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 at The Hank.