Jimenez records three hits, but Barons fall to BayBears
Spencer Adams tossed 6.0 innings in Birmingham's loss on Sunday. (Michael Wade)
By Aaron Cheris / Birmingham Barons | May 13, 2018 5:02 PM
Multiple times on Sunday afternoon, the Birmingham Barons (18-19) couldn't come up with the clutch hit they needed as they fell 3-2 to the Mobile BayBears (17-19) in a Mother's Day matinee at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Facts And Figures: After his 15-game hitting streak ended on Saturday night, Eloy Jimenez was quick to start a new streak on Sunday with a single in the first inning. In the third, he drove in the game's first run by hustling for an infield single to score Bryant Flete from third.
Moments That Mattered: Birmingham starter Spencer Adams (L, 2-4) was mostly sharp, but one rough inning was the difference. In the bottom of the fourth, Mobile turned four hits and a Birmingham error into three runs for a 3-1 lead, which proved to be enough for the win. Adams finished with three runs against on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings for his second straight quality start.
Turning Point: Down a run in the top of the seventh, the Barons got the frame off to a good start as Keon Barnum doubled off the center field wall against Mobile reliever Jeremy Rhoades to extend his hitting streak to six games. However, Barnum would not advance further as the reliever induced two strikeouts and a pop out to end the inning with the BayBears in front 3-2. In the ninth, the Barons again got the tying run into scoring position with two outs, but Ryan Brett grounded out to end the game with two runners on base.
By The Numbers: In his Barons debut, infielder Johnny Giavotella went 0-for-4 with a strikeout while Jameson Fisher was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. Out of the bullpen, Connor Walsh pitched 2.0 scoreless innings to keep the Birmingham deficit at one run late in the game.
Up Next: The two sides continue the series on Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Hank Aaron Stadium. Griffin Canning (1-0, 2.31) is set to start for Mobile while Birmingham has yet to officially name a starter. Curt Bloom will have the call on 960 WERC News Radio and the iHeart Radio app.
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