MOBILE, Ala. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (15-24) fell to the Mobile BayBears (16-23) by a 4-3 score in the fourth game of the five-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium on Tuesday night.
Jacksonville led 3-1 going to the bottom of the ninth inning only to see the BayBears rally for three runs to win in walk-off fashion on a two-run single by Zach Gibbons. The series is now even at two games apiece heading into tomorrow's final game of the five-game set.
BayBears reliever Ivan Hernandez earned the win despite giving up a pair of runs in the eighth that gave Jacksonville a 3-1 lead. Jacksonville reliever Kyle Lobstein (0-1) took the loss, and Ryan Beckman blew a save by giving up the winning score in the ninth.
The BayBears scored the game's first run in the bottom of the second when Wade Wass scored from third on a wild pitch from Jacksonville starter Chris Mazza. Jacksonville quickly tied the game in the top of the third inning. After Yefri Perez started the inning with a triple, Alex Yarbrough brought him home on a sacrifice fly to even the score at 1-1.
The tie remained until the top of the eighth. With Perez at first and one out, David Vidal hit an RBI triple to centerfield to score Perez and put Jacksonville in front 2-1. With Brian Anderson at the plate, BayBears catcher Jose Briceno threw to third to check on Vidal, bu the throw sailed into left field to score Vidal, as Bricano's throwing error put the score at 3-1.
Lobstein worked a scoreless eighth, then in the ninth the leadoff batter Forrestt Allday reached first on a fielding error by Jacksonville shortstop Yarbrough. After the BayBears loaded the bases with one out, Jacksonville relieved Lobstein with Beckman. The first batter he faced Luis Tejada ripped an RBI single to left field to score Allday and keep the bases loaded as it became a 3-2 game. Beckman struck out the next batter Luis Triunfel for the second out, and then Zach Gibbons ended the game with a two-run single to left to deliver the BayBears a 4-3 victory.
The loss is Jacksonville's first this season after leading after eight innings, and Jumbo Shrimp relief pitchers have now blown seven saves this year compared to eight completed saves.
The Jumbo Shrimp and BayBears will continue their series with the fifth and final game of the five-game set on Wednesday at Hank Aaron Stadium at 12:05 p.m. ET. Right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo (4-1, 3.82 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Mobile right-hander Jake Jewell (1-2, 5.40 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 11:50 a.m. ET with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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