JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 18, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, swept Friday's doubleheader with 4-2 and 3-1 wins over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning, the BayBears plated four runs over the final two frames. Michael Barash got the rally started with an RBI single, driving in his fourth run of the series. He later scored the go-ahead run on a Zach Gibbons two-out single.
Matt Thaiss added a solo home run in the seventh, his sixth long ball of the season. Thaiss has now hit a home run in six of the last eight series.
Jose Rodriguez (3-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He matched his season-high with eight strikeouts. Pablo Lopez (0-2) notched a career-high 10 strikeouts in a loss for Jacksonville.
The BayBears (21-20) plated runs in each of the first two frames to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Connor Justus hit an RBI single in the first, and Francisco Arcia scored on an errant pickoff attempt in the second. Jose Rojas scored a run of insurance on a Gibbons fielder's choice in the sixth.
Mobile's pitching staff only allowed one run on two hits in game two. Greg Mahle pitched a career-high four innings and gave up just one infield single. Adrian Almeida (1-0) earned his first Double-A win in relief, and Matt Custred notched a five-out save with four strikeouts.
Kolton Mahoney (2-3) took the loss for Jacksonville (17-25), giving up two runs, one earned, in a five-inning start.
The BayBears continue the six-game road series against Jacksonville Saturday at 5:35 p.m. CDT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jacksonville 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 5:15 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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