The Birmingham Barons extended their losing skid to four games Friday with a 5-1 loss to the Jackson Generals in front of 5,907 fans at soggy Regions Field.
After a 53 minute rain delay, the Barons and General finally got underway just before 8:00 PM CDT. The two teams would battle through three scoreless frames before Jackson jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a two-out RBI double by Daniel Paolini against starter Chris Beck.
The Barons squandered scoring chances in the third and fourth innings but broke through in the fifth on an RBI single by Rangel Ravelo, scoring Chris Curley from second base and tying the game at 1-1.
Beck allowed a run on six hits over 7.0 IP but exited prior to the eighth inning. Kevin Vance (4-2, 5.14) relieved Beck and quickly loaded the bases on a double by Leon Landry, a Jack Marder hit-by-pitch and a Jamal Austin bunt single. Ketel Marte followed with a double down the right field line, giving Jackson a 3-1 lead. Patrick Kivlehan followed a batter later with a two-run single, pushing the Generals lead to 5-1.
The Barons were unable to mount a series rally, falling by a final score of 5-1 after leaving 11 runners on base. Michael Earley and Ravelo finished with three hits apiece and the 2-3-4 hitters in the Barons lineup finished a combined 8-for-12 with eight of the Barons' 10 hits in the game.
The Barons turned five double plays in the game, their most since getting five against the Mississippi Braves on August 9th, 2012.
With the loss, the Barons fell to 26-36 while the Generals improved to 27-34. The Barons will look to rebound Saturday night when they send RHP Bryan Blough (0-0, 2.31) to the hill against RHP Forrest Snow (0-0, 5.79). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CDT.