KODAK, Tenn. (July 13, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, scored four runs in the second inning but dropped the series opener 5-4 to the Tennessee Smokies in 11 innings Thursday night at Smokies Stadium.
The BayBears (40-49 overall, 10-10 second half) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead for the second straight game. After back-to-back one-out walks in the second inning, Alberto Triunfel opened the scoring with an RBI single. Bo Way followed with a three-run homer, his first of the year.
However, Jaime Barria allowed four runs (two earned) over the next two innings. Tennessee (49-41, 13-8) plated three runs in the bottom of the second, and Yasiel Balaguert tied the game with a solo home run in the third.
The game remained tied 4-4 until the bottom of the 11th inning. The Smokies loaded the bases with one out against Conor Lillis-White (0-3). After a strikeout, Balaguert delivered a walk-off single to right field to plate David Bote.
The BayBears bullpen kept Tennessee off the board for six straight innings before giving up the tally in the 11th. Brad Markey, Daury Torrez, and Stephen Perakslis (2-1) combined for six scoreless frames of relief.
The BayBears continue the five-game road series against Tennessee Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Tennessee 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 5:40 p.m. CT.
The BayBears return home Wednesday, July 19, and 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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