MOBILE, Ala. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (13-23) fell to the Mobile BayBears (15-21) by a 4-1 score in the first game of the five-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium on Saturday night.
Jacksonville starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits (all doubles) with two walks and two strikeouts. Mobile starter Alex Klonowski (2-2) earned the win, working six and two-third innings where he allowed just one run on one hit with four walks and six strikeouts. Ivan Hernandez worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of 2017.
Doubles helped the BayBears early against Gonzalez. Andrew Daniel started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double to give Mobile a 1-0 lead. An inning later Michael Hermosillo scored from third when a fielding error by second baseman David Vidal helped Forrest Allday reach base to make it a 2-0 score. Mobile added two more runs in the fourth inning on RBI doubles by Alberto Triunfel and Zach Gibbons grew the BayBears lead to 4-0.
Jacksonville didn't have a hit through the first four innings against Klonowski, but that changed in the fifth inning when Brian Anderson led off the frame with a towering home run to left field to put the score at 4-1.
James Buckelew took over for Gonzalez out of the bullpen in the fifth inning and worked three perfect innings in relief, inducing six groundball outs with three strikeouts. Ryan Beckman also worked a scoreless eighth out of the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen.
The Jumbo Shrimp have now lost their last six games, and on the road the club is now 6-15 this season.
The Jumbo Shrimp and BayBears will continue their series with the second game of the five-game set on Sunday at Hank Aaron Stadium at 3:05 p.m. ET. Left-handed pitcher Matt Tomshaw (3-1, 2.27 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Mobile right-hander Alex Blackford (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 2:50 p.m. ET with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" on FM 100.3 & AM 1600 The Biz, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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