BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Nick Basto clobbered a three-run home run into the BayBears' bullpen in left center field for the highlight of a five-run Barons' first inning, as Birmingham cruised to a 6-2 victory over Mobile on Monday night.
Birmingham jumped all over Mobile starter Osmer Morales, as the first five Barons reached base, including Basto's three-run home run, which gave the home team a 3-0 lead. Courtney Hawkins and Trey Michalczewski then followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies to cap off the five-run first inning.
From there, the Barons left it up to their pitching staff, led by starter Jordan Guerrero. Guerrero held Mobile scoreless through two innings, before Sherman Johnson knocked a two-run single to left in the third to cut the lead to 5-2.
Guerrero was helped out of the inning after another hit by Hunter Jones, as the Barons' centerfielder threw out Zach Houchins at home plate.
Guerrero would battle through five innings, surrendering six hits and two earned runs, while walking three and striking out three before turning it over to the bullpen.
A combination of Connor Walsh, Jace Fry and Robinson Leyer tossed four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, with Leyer picking up his fourth save of the season.
Jose Vinicio and Mason Robbins led the Barons offense with two hits apiece, with Robbins picking up an RBI single in the eighth. Guerrero won his sixth straight decision, improving to 6-7 on the season.
The Barons and BayBears will be back in action tomorrow night beginning at 7:05 p.m. CST at Regions Field. Right-hander Spencer Adams will get the ball for the Barons and fellow righty Grayson Long will be on the mound for Mobile. Curt Bloom will bring you all the action starting with the Coca-Cola pregame show starting at 6:55 p.m. on 105.5 FM WERC and the iHeart Radio app.
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