Pena powers BayBears to shutout win in series opener

Lund sparks offense with fourth straight multi-hit game

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By Mobile BayBears | May 8, 2018 12:21 AM

PEARL, Miss. (May 7, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, turned the lights out on the Mississippi Braves in a 5-0 win in the series opener Monday night at Trustmark Park.

 

Luis Pena (1-3) earned his first win since his Double-A debut last year on August 20, snapping a stretch of six straight losses. He allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Mississippi (13-18) was not able to generate another hit after the third inning and only had one baserunner after the fourth.

 

Conor Lillis-White blacked out the Braves with three scoreless, hitless innings of relief. He faced just one over the minimum, issuing a two-out walk in the eighth. Ryan Clark retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the shutout victory, the third of the season for the BayBears (14-16).

 

Brennon Lund started the night with a leadoff double and scored the first run on a pair of wild pitches. He has been a bright spot in the lineup with four straight two-hit games since snapping out of an 0-for-21 stretch Friday.

 

Mobile lit up the scoreboard against Kyle Wright (1-4) with five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Wright struck out a career-high eight batters but was handed his fourth loss of the season.

 

The BayBears continue the five-game road series against the Mississippi Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez (1-3, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Michael Mader (1-1, 3.43 ERA) for the Braves. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Mississippi 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 6:45 p.m.

 

The BayBears return home Saturday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and 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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