Early runs and dominant pitching help BayBears blast Biloxi

Rodriguez tosses six scoreless frames, Rengifo drives in four runs

By Mobile BayBears | May 24, 2018 10:48 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (May 24, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, erupted for 11 runs over a three-inning span and blanked the Biloxi Shuckers 12-0 Thursday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.

 

Jose Rodriguez (4-4) tossed six scoreless innings, his first quality start, and allowed just two hits to earn his third straight win. BayBears (25-21) starters have held Biloxi (28-19) scoreless over 11 2/3 innings in the first two games of the series.

 

For the second straight night, Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh both had a pair of hits. Rengifo drove in four runs in the game, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple in the second. Walsh hit a three-run homer in the fourth, his 14th of the season and first with Mobile this year.

 

Michael Barash went a perfect 3-for-3, reached in all five plate appearances, and scored four runs.

 

Luis Ortiz (1-2) was tagged for five runs on five hits and lasted just an inning and two-thirds. Miguel Sanchez was the lone bright spot for Biloxi's pitching staff, giving up just one unearned run on one hit in three innings of relief. He struck out five straight batters to end his outing.

 

Mobile has won a season-high five straight home games and now trails first-place Biloxi by just 2 1/2 games in the South Division.

 

The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Biloxi Friday at 7:05 p.m. CDT. 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. 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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