MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 1, 2019) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, broke up a shutout bid with an eighth-inning run but dropped the series opener 3-1 to the Montgomery Biscuits Wednesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
The BayBears (11-14) out-hit Montgomery 7-6 and were led by Jahmai Jones , who recorded his first multi-hit game of the season. Jones is now 7-for-21 in six games against the Biscuits (16-9) this season. Roberto Baldoquin also had a two-hit game after hitting a walk-off homer Monday, and he scored the lone run on a Brandon Sandoval sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Josh Fleming (3-1) tossed seven scoreless frames for the Biscuits before allowing the run in the eighth. He struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk in a season-high eight innings pitched. Fleming has recorded quality starts in all five of his outings. Phoenix Sanders retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his second save.
Jesus Castillo (0-4) threw 84 pitches and left the game after four innings, despite only allowing one run on three hits. Montgomery had a runner on third base in the first and third and the bases loaded in the second, but Castillo limited the damage.
Kaleb Cowart made his second professional pitching appearance and gave up two runs on two hits with one strikeout in the bottom of the fifth. Joe Gatto finished the game with three scoreless innings, and he has surrendered just one earned run in 15 2/3 innings of relief.
The BayBears continue the five-game road series against Montgomery Thursday at 10:35 a.m. Right-handed pitcher Matt Ball (0-1, 3.71 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Ricardo Pinto (2-1, 4.82 ERA) for the Braves. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Montgomery feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on MobileBayBears.com, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app., with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 10:15 a.m.
The BayBears return home Monday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 2. The new BayBears Pass is available, featuring a general admission ticket to every BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium for only $19.97 per month. Season ticket packages and partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to guarantee bobbleheads and receive tickets to select fireworks nights. Individual game tickets can be purchased online at MobileBayBears.com or by calling 251-572-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, 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 175 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) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.
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