BayBears avoid shutout with late runs, comeback bid falls short

Second road series of season begins Monday at Mississippi

By Mobile BayBears | April 16, 2017 6:49 PM ET

MOBILE, Ala. (April 16, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, plated two runs with two outs in the ninth inning but ended up losing 6-2 to the Jackson Generals in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Zach Welz broke up the shutout bid with two outs and a two-strike count in the bottom of the ninth. Welz connected with an RBI double to left-center, and he later scored on a passed ball to make it 6-2. However, former BayBear Gabe Speier got the final out of the frame for Jackson (8-2) to record a four-inning save.

In his first start of the season, Alex Klonowski (0-1) began the day by tossing three scoreless, hitless innings for Mobile (3-7). It was the longest hitless stretch by a BayBears starter to open a game. Klonowski exited after five, allowing three runs on four hits in the fourth inning.

Right fielder Stewart Ijames went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles for the Generals. He drove in two runs and also scored twice.

The BayBears put two runners on base in the first and loaded the bases in the second, but Jackson starter Alex Young (1-0) worked out of trouble. Despite issuing three walks, Young held Mobile scoreless for five innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.

The BayBears begin a five-game road series Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Trustmark Park against the Mississippi Braves. Right-hander Tyler Carpenter (1-1, 5.23 ERA) is slated to make the first start for Mobile against righty Alex Young (0-0, 1.80 ERA) for Mississippi. Live coverage can be heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:40 p.m.

The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).

About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 160 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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