MOBILE, Ala. (April 18, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, hit a pair of home runs and defeated the Biloxi Shuckers 6-5 in a back-and-forth game Wednesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Matt Thaiss hit his second home run, a game-tying three-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the game 5-5. Hutton Moyer hit his league-high sixth of the year in the first to give Mobile (6-6) an early 2-1 lead.
Jose Suarez struck out nine batters and allowed just two runs, one earned, in his Double-A debut. He tossed 3 2/3 innings and gave up six hits but did not issue a walk. Ryan Clark (1-0) was the winning pitcher in his first outing with the BayBears, holding Biloxi (9-4) to just one hit in 2 1/3 innings. Jake Jewell earned his second save with a pair of scoreless frames.
With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Wade Wass was hit by a pitch from Josh Uhen (0-1) with the bases loaded to put the BayBears ahead for good.
The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Biloxi Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo (1-1, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Adrian Houser (0-0, 9.00 ERA) for the Shuckers. 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 6:15 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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