PENSACOLA, Fla. (August 28, 2018) - Despite holding a trio of leads, the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, could not hold on in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the series finale Tuesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Patrick Sandoval struck out eight batters over four scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits, two of which stayed in the infield, in his third Double-A start.
The BayBears (65-66 overall, 28-35 second half) had 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3 leads during the game. Mitch Ghelfi drove in his 12th run against Pensacola with a fielder's choice in the fourth. Alexis Olmeda and Connor Justus both drove in runs to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Zach Gibbons delivered with an RBI single off Robinson Leyer (5-3) in the 10th inning to put Mobile back in front 4-3.
However, the Blue Wahoos (66-66, 36-28) tied the game on a double play in the fifth and an Aristides Aquino two-run double with two outs in the eighth. Aquino scored the winning run on Narciso Crook's two-run single off Ralston Cash (2-2) in the bottom of the 10th.
The BayBears return home for a five-game home series against the Montgomery Biscuits Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez (7-10, 6.24 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty J.D Martin (8-10, 4.41 ERA) for the Biscuits. 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 regular-season home games 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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