PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 11, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, erased an early deficit and closed out the series with a 3-2 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Wednesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Joe Gatto (3-3) earned his third win with a quality start. He allowed one run on four hits in a six-inning start. Shed Long 's RBI double in the first was the only run for Pensacola (44-44 overall, 14-6 second half) until the ninth inning.
With Mobile (48-39, 11-8) leading 3-1, the Blue Wahoos loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Okey plated pinch-runner Narciso Crook with a one-out single to left field. However, Zach Gibbons threw out Taylor Sparks at the plate attempting to score the tying run. Matt Custred recorded a strikeout to close out the game and earn his fifth save.
Jack Kruger snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a two-run homer off Seth Varner (4-1) in the fourth inning. Kruger went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
The BayBears begin a five-game road series against the Jackson Generals Thursday at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez (6-7, 5.57 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Taylor Widener (4-5, 2.60 ERA) for the Generals. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jackson 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 5:45 p.m. CDT.
The BayBears return home next Wednesday and host a total of 70 home dates 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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