PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 10, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, put together a late comeback in the ninth inning but came up one run short in a 3-2 loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Tuesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Entering the final frame trailing 3-1, Luis Rengifo plated Jose Rojas on a fielder's choice. The BayBears (47-39 overall, 10-8 second half) loaded the bases with one out, but Alejandro Chacin got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and earn his fifth save.
Brennon Lund 's sacrifice fly in the first inning gave Mobile an early 1-0 lead. However, Pensacola (44-43, 14-5) responded quickly with a pair of home runs from Shed Long and Aristides Aquino in the first and second, respectively, to take a 3-1 lead.
Angels No. 3 prospect Jahmai Jones went 1-for-4 in his Double-A debut, reaching twice with a first-inning single and a ninth-inning walk. Jones has reached base safely in his last 19 games, dating back to June 14.
Alex Klonowski (5-2) recorded a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings pitched, but he took the loss. Wyatt Strahan (6-8) gave up seven hits but did not allow another run after the first in his six-inning start.
The BayBears wrap up the four-game road series against Pensacola Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gatto (2-3, 8.13 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Seth Varner (4-0, 2.43 ERA) for the Blue Wahoos. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Pensacola 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 6:15 p.m. CDT.
The BayBears return home Wednesday, July 18, 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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