Five-run third inning lifts BayBears over Smokies

BayBears bullpen holds off Tennessee's late comeback effort

By Mobile BayBears | July 15, 2017 11:54 PM

KODAK, Tenn. (July 15, 2017) - A five-run third inning helped the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, defeat the Tennessee Smokies 6-3 Saturday night at Smokies Stadium.

The BayBears (41-50 overall, 11-11 second half) plated five runs against Brett Anderson (1-2), making a Major League rehabilitation start for Tennessee. Anderson made a costly throwing error in the inning that led to a pair of unearned runs. Matt Thaiss and Jose Briceno both had RBI singles, and Zach Houchins drove in two runs with a base hit.

Tyler Carpenter allowed one run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in his first start since coming off of the 7-day disabled list. Carpenter exited the game with a 5-1 lead, but he fell two outs shy of the requisite five innings and was not eligible to earn the win.

Tyler Warmoth (1-1), Justin Anderson , and Adam Hofacket did not allow an earned run over the final 4 2/3 innings.

The Smokies (50-42, 14-9) plated two unearned runs against Anderson in the seventh inning. Following a walk and a two-out throwing error, Ian Rice hit a two-run double to cut the Mobile lead to 5-3. However, the BayBears added a run of insurance on a Jose Briceno sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Hofacket recorded a six-out save.

The BayBears continue the five-game road series against Tennessee Sunday at 4:30 p.m. CT. Right-handed pitcher Grayson Long (4-5, 2.97 ERA) is slated to make the start against righty Adbert Alzolay (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Smokies. Live coverage can be seen on (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 4:10 p.m. CT.

The BayBears return home Wednesday and 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, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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