MOBILE, Ala. (August 29, 2019) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, erased an early two-run deficit but fell 4-3 to the Tennessee Smokies in the series opener Thursday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
After falling behind 2-0, Jhoan Urena 's fourth-inning double cut Tennessee's lead in half. Julian Leon tied the game with his fifth home run of the season the following inning, and Roberto Baldoquin contributed for the BayBears (49-83 overall, 22-42 second half) with a long ball in the ninth.
However, the Smokies (55-80, 22-44) were able to prevail despite leaving 13 runners on base in the game. Tennessee went just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, but broke the tie on a Vimael Machin RBI single against Austin Warren (1-2) in the sixth.
Chih-Wei Hu (1-1) earned the win, although he allowed two runs on six hits in three innings. Oscar De La Cruz worked around the Baldoquin home run to record his second save.
The BayBears continue the final five-game home series of the Farewell Season against the Tennessee Smokies Friday at 7:05 p.m. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on MobileBayBears.com, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at MobileBayBears.com or by calling 251-572-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, Alabama. 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 175 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) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.
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