BILOXI, Miss. - For the first time this season in six starts at Birmingham, Jordan Stephens earned a win tonight for the Barons.
The righty moved to 1-2 on the season after his longest outing of the year, as he tossed 7.2 innings of one run ball, spreading out five hits across 96 pitches while not allowing a walk and striking out four, all while lowering his ERA to a sterling 1.48.
Birmingham got the scoring started on the road first after three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Courtney Hawkins, fresh off a monster game in last night's game. Hawkins was able to draw a walk that scored Eddy Alvarez from third and put the Barons on the board in the top of the first.
In the top of the fourth, Keon Barnum unloaded on a ball, blasting his 12th home run of the season over the wall in right field to give his side a 2-0 lead. The solo shot tied Barnum with Nick Basto for the team lead in home runs with 12.
The score would remain at 2-0 until the top of the seventh. With two outs in the frame and Jake Peter on second, Mason Robbins brought him around to score on a single through the right side of the infield that resulted in a close play at the plate that brought the score to 3-0 Barons. The single extended Robbins' hitting streak to eight games, the longest active Baron streak. Hunter Jones brought Robbins around to score on his team leading third triple of the season and gave the road side a commanding 4-0 lead.
Biloxi would put themselves on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning when Gabriel Noriega slugged his first home run of the 2017 campaign to put the home team on the board 4-1.
Jake Johansen came in in relief of Stephens with two outs in the eighth and retired four of the five Shuckers that he faced en route to his first save of the season and his first ever at the Double-A level.
The Barons will continue their series against Biloxi in game number two of five tomorrow evening at 6:35 p.m. CST. Right-hander Michael Kopech will take the ball for the Barons and fellow righty Jon Perrin will be on the mound for Biloxi. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action starting with the Coca-Cola pregame show starting at 6:25 p.m. on 105.5 FM WERC and the iHeart Radio app.
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