BayBears lead slips away in two-run loss to Biscuits

Houchins hits long ball for second straight night

By Mobile BayBears | August 31, 2018 11:39 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (August 31, 2018) - Despite leading 2-1 through five innings, the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, dropped their fourth straight game 5-3 to the Montgomery Biscuits Friday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.


Zach Houchins hit his second home run of the series, a solo shot in the bottom of the first, to tie the game 1-1. It was the second time this season Houchins has gone deep in back-to-back games played.


The BayBears (65-68 overall, 28-37 second half) took a 2-1 lead on a Connor Justus double in the second and held the one-run advantage behind Joe Gatto . Gatto allowed just one hit after the first inning, but he did not factor in the decision. He exited the game after 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits in the start.


Brett Sullivan led the way offensively for Montgomery (77-60, 40-27) again. He drove in two runs with a single and a triple. Sullivan has four hits and five RBIs in the first two games of the series.


The Biscuits scored a run in each of the last four innings and drew a leadoff walk in three of the four frames.


Daniel Procopio (1-3) took the loss in relief for Mobile, while Spencer Jones (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen for Montgomery.


The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Montgomery Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo (9-4, 4.53 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for Mobile. Live coverage can be seen on (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 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, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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