PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 11, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, began the ninth inning with four straight hits and scored three runs to defeat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3-1 Friday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
After the first two batters of the inning reached with singles against Pensacola closer Zack Weiss (2-2), Matt Thaiss tied the game with an RBI double. Taylor Ward followed with a two-run double to give the BayBears (55-61 overall, 25-22 second half) a 3-1 lead. Mobile only had one runner in scoring position during the first eight innings.
Grayson Long gave up just one unearned run in the third and struck out six batters, but he departed after 4 1/3 innings. Jhondaniel Medina pitched 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings, and Greg Mahle (5-0) got the final six outs of the game to earn the win.
Deck McGuire pitched seven scoreless innings for the Blue Wahoos (61-56, 21-26), only allowed three hits, and recorded seven strikeouts. He retired 13 straight batters from the second inning through the sixth. However, he did not factor in the decision.
Pensacola had runners in scoring position in six different innings, but they left 10 men on base and went 0-for-11 with RISP.
Jose Rojas went 0-for-4, snapping his 13-game hitting streak.
The BayBears continue the five-game road series against Pensacola Saturday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Right-handed pitcher Jake Jewell (7-8, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for Mobile against righty Jesus Reyes (1-2, 2.22 ERA) for the Blue Wahoos. 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).
The 2018 BayBears schedule has been released and is available by clicking here. Game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.
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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