BayBears blast Barons with early runs and stellar pitching

Jones drives in career-high five runs, Klonowski tosses seven scoreless

By Mobile BayBears | August 5, 2018 8:15 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (August 5, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the first inning and never looked back, winning their fifth straight game and seventh straight road game 10-1 against the Birmingham Barons Sunday afternoon at Regions Field.

 

Jahmai Jones drove in a career-high five runs, beginning with a two-run homer off Kodi Medeiros (7-6) in the second inning to extend Mobile's lead to 4-0. Jones hit a two-run double in the fourth and drove in his fifth run in the sixth on a fielder's choice.

 

Alex Klonowski (8-2) pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up three hits, and struck out six batters to earn his team-high eighth win. He tossed four hitless frames to begin the game before allowing a leadoff triple in the fifth.

 

The BayBears (56-54 overall, 19-23 second half) pitching staff held Birmingham (54-58, 22-22) scoreless for 24 consecutive innings, going back to Friday, before finally giving up a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.

 

Jose Rojas hit his team-high 16th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, and Zach Gibbons also hit a solo home run in the seventh.

 

The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Birmingham Monday at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo (7-4, 4.72 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Bernardo Flores (2-3, 2.29 ERA) for the Barons. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Birmingham 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 6:45 p.m.

 

The BayBears return home Wednesday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2018 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 Angels and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala. 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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