BayBears comeback bid halted in wild ninth inning

Moyer belts third homer of series, Ward has fifth straight multi-hit game

By Mobile BayBears | April 10, 2018 12:31 AM ET

MOBILE, Ala. (April 9, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, nearly erased a late four-run deficit but could not push across the tying run in a 5-4 loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the series finale Monday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.

 

Trailing 5-1 in the eighth inning, Hutton Moyer hit his third long ball of the series. The three-run blast cut the Pensacola lead to just one.

 

In the bottom of the ninth, Connor Justus led off with a double and tried to score the tying run on Wade Wass ' single. However, center fielder Gabriel Guerrero, a former BayBear, threw him out at the plate, and Wass advanced to second on the throw. Guerrero then gunned down Wass trying to score on a Zach Gibbons single. Ariel Hernandez induced a groundout to earn his first save and seal the victory for Pensacola (2-3).

 

For the fifth consecutive game, Taylor Ward recorded multiple hits. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

 

Dylan Unsworth (0-1) gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out six batters in four innings. Samil De Los Santos was sharp out of the bullpen, tossing two scoreless, hitless innings with four strikeouts.

 

Wyatt Strahan (1-0) picked up the win in his Double-A debut. He allowed just one first-inning run on three hits in five innings pitched.

 

The BayBears begin a five-game road series against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo (1-0, 1.80 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Cody Poteet (0-1, 10.38 ERA) for the Jumbo Shrimp. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jacksonville feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 5:45 p.m. CT.

 

The BayBears return home Monday, April 16, and host 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2018 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 and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala. 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 MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.

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