MOBILE, Ala. (August 9, 2018) - For the second straight game, the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, grabbed an early lead but fell to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4-2 at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The BayBears (56-57 overall, 19-26 second half) jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Jose Rojas and Zach Gibbons hit back-to-back doubles, and Gibbons scored later in the frame on a double play.
However, Pensacola (61-53, 31-15) scored the final four runs of the game. Gavin LaValley hit a game-tying two-run homer in the fifth, Shed Long scored a run off Zac Ryan (1-3) on a groundout in the seventh, and Mitch Nay hit an RBI single for an insurance run in the ninth. LaValley has driven in six runs in the first two games of the series.
Vladimir Gutierrez (9-9) earned the win for the Blue Wahoos in a quality start. He tossed five scoreless frames after allowing two runs in the second inning.
The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Pensacola Friday at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez (7-9, 5.83 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Tony Santillan (4-0, 1.78 ERA) for the Blue Wahoos. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (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 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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