MOBILE, Ala. (April 23, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, split Monday's doubleheader against the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The BayBears took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning but could not hang on for a win in the first game.
Bo Way hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Mississippi lead in half. Way drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to tie the game, and then Brendon Sanger scored on a fielder's choice to put Mobile in front.
However, the Braves responded with four two-out runs in the top of the seventh against Matt Custred (0-1). Cleuluis Rondon tied the game 3-3 with an RBI double on a 1-2 pitch. After a Michael Reed walk, Alay Lago put the Braves ahead for good with an RBI double. A walk and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded added two more runs of insurance.
Josh Graham (2-1) earned the win for Mississippi in relief of Touki Toussaint, who allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Griffin Canning did not factor in the decision in his second Double-A start, as he gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Falling behind 2-0 early, the BayBears (8-9) came back to take the lead again and preserved it this time to earn a 5-2 win in game two.
Way drove in his third run of the twinbill with an RBI single in the second inning to cut Mississippi's (8-10) lead to 2-1. Taylor Ward and Connor Justus both hit two-run singles in the fifth to take the lead and add insurance.
Jeremy Rhoades (2-0) and Conor Lillis-White combined for four innings of scoreless, hitless relief.
The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Mississippi Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Left-handed pitcher Jose Suarez (0-0, 2.45 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Wes Parsons (0-0, 0.84 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.
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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