MOBILE, AL -- In a rare rough start by Mike Soroka (10-6), the BayBears took advantage by scoring seven runs on six hits in 5.1 innings en route to a 12-5 victory over the Mississippi Braves Sunday. Soroka the loss in game one of the five game series at Hank Aaron Stadium. He walked three and recorded three strike outs.
Mobile (46-58) got on the board early when Troy Montgomery led off with a double. Michael Hermosillo walked and both advanced on a wild pitch. Matt Thaiss grounded out, plating Montgomery from third and moving Hermosillo to third. Hermosillo then scored on the ground out by Taylor Ward to put the BayBears up 2-0.
The BayBears struck again in the third when Montgomery was hit by a pitch with one out. He then stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Thaiss singled, scoring Montgomery. Ward followed with a base hit, moving Thaiss to third and Jose Rojas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zach Gibbons picked up two RBI on a single to center. Rojas then scored on a single by Zach Houchins, giving the BayBears a 6-0 lead after three.
Mississippi (46-59) put up a couple of runs in the fourth when Austin Riley and Alex Jackson led off the inning with walks, and Tyler Neslony singled to center to load the bases. Riley scored the first run for the Braves when Emerson Landoni hit into a double play. Joe Odom then reached on a throwing error, allowing Jackson to score and make it a 6-2 game.
In the sixth inning, Mobile took advantage of four walks combined with four singles to plate five runs and put the game out of reach with a score of 11-2.
The Braves made it a little exciting in the eighth, plating three runs on three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly. Riley singled followed by a walk by Jackson. Neslony then singled to load the bases. After a strike out, Odom singled, plating Riley and Jackson and moving Neslony to third. Jonathan Morales then ended the Braves scoring with a sacrifice fly, scoring Neslony to make it 11-5.
Jacob Webb relieved Soroka in the sixth and pitched one inning, giving up four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out one. Sal Giardina made his second relief appearance of the season, pitching the final 1.2 innings and giving up one run on two hits with one walk.
The Braves and BayBears play games two and three of the six game series Monday night in a doubleheader to make up the game rained out on July 8. The starting pitcher for game one is TBA for Mississippi with RHP Jake Jewell (5-8) slated to start for Mobile. The Braves send LHP Tyler Pike (0-5) to the hill against RHP Jaime Barria (1-3) for the BayBears in the nightcap.
Mississippi (12-23, 46-59) 5R 7H 0E
Mobile (16-19, 46-58) 12R 12H 1E
Win: Conor Lillis-White (1-3
Loss: Mike Soroka (10-6)
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