Brian Clark tossed three complete scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while fanning three and walking none in the Monday night loss. (Michael Wade)
By John McClung / Birmingham Barons | May 15, 2018 12:31 AM
The Mobile BayBears (18-19) kept the Birmingham Barons (18-20) out of the hit column as they muscled their way to a 9-0 win at Hank Aaron Stadium on Monday. Birmingham now trails in the series two-games-to-one.
Turning Points: With runners at the corners two batters into the opening frame, a single and a fielding error helped Taylor Ward to third while the BayBears capitalized for a 2-0 lead. A single from Jose Rojas on the following at bat scored Ward for a 3-0 Mobile lead, while Zach Gibbons recorded the final RBI of the inning on an infield grounder.
By the Numbers: Brian Clark triaged the early 4-0 deficit after taking over in the second, working 3.0 innings in relief. Clark kept Mobile scoreless, allowing just two hits and fanning three.
Moments That Mattered:With Canning ringing up eight Barons through 4.1 innings, Birmingham had little to work with on the base paths. Danny Mendick, Matt Rose, Johnny Giavotella, Jameson Fisher and Seby Zavala all reached basebut were left stranded absent a hit. Greg Mahle (W, 3-0), Adrian Almeida and Ryan Clark completed what Canning started, adding five more strikeouts while altogether combining for the eventual no-hitter.
Facts and Figures: The no-hitter is the second for Mobile this season, while it is the first suffered by Birmingham since Tommy Hanson of the Mississippi Braves accomplished the feat on June 25, 2008.
Up Next: The Barons and BayBears continue with Game 4 of the cross-divisional series on Tuesday with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. Southpaw Jordan Guerrero (1-3, 5.85 ERA) will toe the rubber against left-handed counterpart Jose Suarez (1-1, 3.54 ERA). Curt Bloom will have the call on 960 WERC News Radio and the iHeart Radio app.
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