Early offensive explosion leads BayBears to series win

Houchins finishes single shy of cycle, five scoreless innings for Jewell

By Mobile BayBears | May 17, 2017 3:39 PM ET

MOBILE, Ala. (May 17, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, jumped out to an eight-run lead in the first five innings and rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the series finale Wednesday at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Zach Houchins led the way for the BayBears with three extra-base hits, finishing just a single short of the cycle. He recorded nine total bases, a new team-high in a single game. Houchins set a new season-high with four RBI, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning that extended the lead to 8-0 and chased Omar Bencomo (4-2) from the game.

Jake Jewell (2-2) pitched five scoreless frames and allowed just three hits. He earned his second Double-A victory and has received 25 runs of support in his four starts, more than any other BayBears pitcher.

Wade Wass matched his career-high in hits and runs, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Forrestt Allday went 1-for-4 with a double, extending his on-base streak to 22 games.

Hunter Adkins relieved Bencomo in the fifth and retired all nine batters he faced. He recorded four strikeouts in three innings of relief for Jacksonville (15-25).

The BayBears begin a five-game road series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Right-hander Alex Klonowski (2-2, 3.00 ERA) is slated to make the start against righty Tyler Mahle (5-1, 1.42 ERA) for Pensacola. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Pensacola 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 6:15 p.m. CT.

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 MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.

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