JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 30, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, dropped a pair of games to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 6-3 in the completion of Thursday's game and 2-1 in Friday's regularly-scheduled game, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
Leading 1-0 in the fifth inning when the first game of the night resumed, following a 3-hour and 3-minute rain delay, the BayBears added another tally in the sixth. Zach Houchins drove in his second run of the game, bringing home David Fletcher again on an RBI single off Tyler Higgins (2-3).
However, Jacksonville scored six straight runs over the next three frames, including four in the bottom of the seventh against Michael Dimock (1-2). Braxton Lee gave the Jumbo Shrimp the lead with a two-run single, one of his four hits in the game. Two batters later, Brian Anderson put the game out of reach with a two-run homer to center field.
Jordan Serena hit his first Double-A home run in the top of the ninth, but Clayton Mortensen retired the final three batters of the game.
Jaime Barria pitched four scoreless innings and gave up just two hits before the game was delayed and ultimately suspended Thursday.
For the third time in the series, the BayBears (33-44 overall, 3-5 second half) scored the first run of the game. Francisco Arcia began the top of the third with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
However, Jacksonville (35-43, 5-3) starter Mike Kickham (5-4) settled in after giving up the run and pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit over the final three frames. Mobile put two runners on base with two outs in the ninth, but Kickham stayed in and recorded the final out.
Osmer Morales (3-3) surrendered just four hits as well, but one was a two-run homer by Taylor Ard in the bottom of the fifth. Morales matched his season-high with seven strikeouts in the 2-1 loss.
The BayBears continue the six-game road series against Jacksonville Saturday at 5:05 p.m. CT. Right-handed pitcher Grayson Long (3-5, 3.14 ERA) is slated to make the start against righty Chris Mazza (1-4, 2.70 ERA) for the Jumbo Shrimp. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jacksonville 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 4:45 p.m. CT.
The BayBears return home Tuesday, July 4, 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 MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.
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