BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 12, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, let a four-run lead slip away but scored six runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Birmingham Barons 11-5 in the series finale Wednesday night at Regions Field.
With the game tied 5-5 in the top of the ninth, the BayBears (40-48 overall, 10-9 second half) put runners on the corners against Tanner Banks (0-3) with no outs. Brandon Brennan entered the game, and Michael Hermosillo greeted him with an RBI double to put Mobile in front 6-5. Three batters later, Sherman Johnson hit a two-run double, and Jose Briceno followed with a three-run homer.
The BayBears plated four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning against Miguel Gonzalez, making his second Major League rehabilitation start. Matt Thaiss and Johnson both hit RBI singles, and Brendon Sanger 's first Double-A hit was a two-run double. Thaiss went 3-for-4 in the game and scored three runs.
With Mobile leading 5-2 in the seventh inning, Birmingham (33-56, 7-13) plated three runs against Alex Klonowski to tie the game. Courtney Hawkins hit a two-run homer, and Eddy Alvarez drove in Trey Michalczewski with a single.
Greg Mahle (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win for the BayBears.
The BayBears begin a five-game road series against Tennessee Thursday 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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