Tony Cingrani (1-0) set the stage for the Blue Wahoos on Friday night by fanning nine batters over six shutout innings, but the bats provided what proved to be more than enough support in the Wahoos 3-0 win over the Birmingham Barons at Regions Park.
Pensacola scored first when Ryan LaMarre came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Fellhauer in the top of the first. Brodie Greene was the story offensively for the Blue Wahoos on the night. He made it 2-0 with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the third. He finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He scored his second run on a ground ball to the shortstop in the fifth inning off the bat of Yordanys Perez to cap the Wahoos scoring.
Following Cingrani's gem, Justin Freeman and Drew Hayes (S, 1) combined to work three scoreless innings in relief to nail down the win. Freeman struck out four batters over two innings, while Hayes retired three of four batters he faced in the ninth including a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.
All three Blue Wahoos runs were charged to Birmingham starter Cameron Bayne (5-5). He worked eight innings in the losing effort and allowed nine hits while issuing three walks. He struck out just one.
The Fish look to make it three in a row on Saturday night when they send right-hander Kyle Lotzkar (2-1, 3.03) to the mound against Barons righty Nestor Molina (4-4, 4.74). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. from Regions Park.
Fans can tune in to all the action on the flagship station for Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball, 1450 AM ESPN Pensacola, with the Pensacola Motor Sports Pre-game Show beginning approximately 15 minutes before first pitch.
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