PENSACOLA, Fla. - Aristides Aquino homered and drove in four runs to supplement Deck McGuire's six shutout innings in a 6-0 Pensacola win over the Birmingham Barons on Friday night.
Scoreless through the first three innings, the Blue Wahoos broke through with a four run bottom of the fourth, highlighted by an Eric Jagielo RBI single and the three-run blast off the bat of Aquino.
Departing shortly after the home run, Thaddius Lowry gave way to the bullpen following a three plus inning outing, in which he was tagged with six hits and four earned runs. Brandon Brennan was the first man out of the Barons bullpen and kept Birmingham within striking distance, throwing three scoreless innings.
While Brennan was keeping Birmingham close, the Barons' bats could not break through against a combination of McGuire and relievers Ariel Hernandez and Brennan Bernardino. McGuire got the Blue Wahoos through six and Hernandez and Bernardino threw three scoreless to keep the Barons off the board and lock down the victory.
Pensacola would tack on two insurance runs in the eighth, on the strength of an Aquino RBI triple and a Leon Landry RBI single.
The Barons were led by two hit games from Eddy Alvarez and Mason Robbins, but could not scratch across any runs. McGuire moved to 2-2 with the win, while Lowry took the loss to fall to 2-2.
The Barons will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee to begin a five game series against the Lookouts tomorrow evening, with first pitch at 6:15 p.m. CT. RHP Matt Cooper (1-2, 3.72) will toe the slab for the Barons while fellow right-hander Fernando Romero (2-4, 3.90) will take the ball in game one for the Lookouts. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action on WERC 105.5 FM and the iHeart Radio app, beginning with the Coca-Cola Pregame Show beginning at 6:05 p.m. CT.
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