JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 3, 2017) - Three home runs in the first three innings helped the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, defeat the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 8-3 in the series finale Monday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in front of a crowd of 11,398.
David Fletcher , Jose Briceno , and Tim Arakawa all hit home runs off Joe Gunkel (2-5). Fletcher's two-run homer in the first and Arakawa's three-run homer in the third were their first long balls of the season. Briceno hit a solo homer to begin the scoring in the third, his fifth of the year. It was the first time the BayBears (34-46 overall, 4-7 second half) hit three home runs in a game and two home runs in a single inning this year.
The eight runs on 10 hits in the first three frames provided plenty of support for Jake Jewell (5-5). Jewell gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Brian Anderson hit his team-high 13th home run of the season with a solo shot in the eighth inning. It was his second home run of the series.
The BayBears return home to host the Mississippi Braves in a five-game series beginning Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Right-handed pitcher Jaime Barria (1-1, 0.76 ERA) is slated to make the start against righty Wes Parsons (0-1, 3.16 ERA) for the Braves. 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. CT.
The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 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 of Anaheim 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 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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