KODAK, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, split Friday's doubleheader against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium, dropping the first game 9-1 but winning the second game 4-2.GAME ONE:Brennon Lund went 2-for-3 with a seventh-inning home run to break up
KODAK, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, split Friday's doubleheader against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium, dropping the first game 9-1 but winning the second game 4-2.
Brennon Lund went 2-for-3 with a seventh-inning home run to break up Tennessee's shutout bid. However, that was the only run the BayBears scored.
The Smokies plated runs in three of the first four frames, including a six-run fourth, against Joe Gatto (0-2). Gatto matched his career-high with nine runs allowed over 3 1/3 innings.
Thomas Hatch (5-3) pitched his second seven-inning complete game of the season. He held the BayBears to the lone run on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Jason Vosler hit a two-run homer in the first to give Tennessee an early lead. He drove in two more runs with a double in the fourth. Vimael Machin also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
After falling behind 1-0 on Trey Martin 's RBI single in the third, the BayBears (28-25) responded with four runs over the final four innings.
Jose Rojas plated Lund with a groundout in the fourth to tie the game 1-1. Then, he drove in a pair of runs with a two-out double off Scott Effross (0-3) in the sixth to give Mobile a 3-1 lead. Brendon Sanger added a run of insurance with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Alex Klonowski (2-0) retired the first eight Smokies (28-25) batters before giving up a run on two hits in the third. He proceeded to toss three more hitless frames and recorded a quality start. Tyler Stevens worked around a two-out walk and a double in the ninth, striking out two batters to earn his second save.
The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Tennessee Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Griffin Canning (1-0, 1.72 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Oscar De La Cruz (5-5, 4.99 ERA) for the Smokies. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Tennessee 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 5:45 p.m. CDT.
The BayBears return home next Friday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. 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 González, 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 [email protected].