MOBILE, ALA. (May 26, 2011 - The Generals and BayBears played 25 innings of baseball on Wednesday night, into Thursday morning and Mobile swept the double-header. Mobile blanked the Generals in game one, 8-0 and defeated Jackson in game two, 5-4, in 18 innings. The 18-inning affair tied for the longest game in Generals/Diamond Jaxx history. The previous longest was in July of 2000, ironically against the BayBears. The second game lasted 4 hours and 47 minutes making the running total of baseball in the two games, 7 hours and 8 minutes. The Generals have lost four straight and dropped to 25-20 on the season. Mobile snapped a five-game losing skid, and improved to 25-20 on the year.
Game 1: Mobile 8, Jackson 0
Jackson was shutout for just the third time this season in game one of the double-header, falling 8-0. Paul Goldschmidt blasted his 16th homer of the season in the first inning and the BayBears never looked back.
No Generals hitter had a multi-hit game while the BayBears had 14 hits, 12 of the 14 hits for Mobile were singles. Ollie Linton had three hits, while A.J. Pollock, Goldschmidt, Ryan Wheeler and Ed Easley had two hits.
Erasmo Ramirez (4-2) took the loss in game one after giving up eight runs, seven earned runs on 10 hits. Ramirez tied a season high with seven strikeouts, walking none. Patrick Corbin (3-2) received the win for Mobile, working 5.2 scoreless innings before turning it over to the pen.
Goldschmidt's homer in the first started the scoring for Mobile and they added four runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to coast to a 8-0 win.
Game 2: Mobile 5, Jackson 4 (18 innings)
The Generals played their seventh extra-inning game and first since April 25th in game two of the double-header.
General's starter Taylor Stanton logged a fantastic outing in a no decision. Stanton struck out a season high six batters and gave up just one run in 5.2 innings. Bobby LaFromboise and Stephen Penney logged a combined 5.2 scoreless innings as well. Scott Savastano (0-1) took the loss giving up a run in the bottom of the 18th inning. BayBears position player Daniel Kaczrowski (1-0) got the win for Mobile.
Jake Shaffer, Rich Poythress, Nate Tenbrink and Carlos Triunfel had two hits each, while Johermyn Chavez had three hits for Jackson. Poythress and Triunfel had homeruns.
After Mobile scored a run in the bottom of the second inning, Jackson answered with a run in the third. Nate Tenbrink opened the inning with a triple and scored on a Scott Savastano groundout. The game was tied 1-1 after three innings.
The game stayed tied until the top of the 12th when Carlos Triunfel singled home Nate Tenbrink to make it 2-1. The BayBears got a run in the bottom of the 12th and tied it at 2-2.
Rich Poythress hit his fifth homer of the season in the top of the 13th, placing the Generals ahead again, heading to the bottom of the 13th. The BayBears once again tied the score at 3-3, moving the game to the 14th inning.
In the 15th Carlos Triunfel hit his fourth homer of the season, putting Jackson on top again 4-3, but once again Mobile answered with a run to tie it at 4-4.
Finally in the bottom of the 18th inning Daniel Kaczrowski reached on an error by Jackson shortstop Carlos Triunfel, scoring Josh Ford. The BayBears won 5-4.
The Generals and BayBears continue their seven-game series in five days on tonight, with first pitch of game three at 7:05. RHP Jarrett Grube (3-0, 2.86) takes the hill for the Generals, being opposed by RHP Jarrod Parker for the BayBears. The game can be heard on Jackson's NewsTalk 101.5 FM and jacksongeneralsbaseball.com.
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