BayBears silence Smokies, hit back-to-back homers

Long tosses six scoreless innings for second time on road trip

By Mobile BayBears | July 16, 2017 9:44 PM

KODAK, Tenn. (July 16, 2017) - Grayson Long and Conor Lillis-White combined to pitch a 6-0 shutout for the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, over the Tennessee Smokies Sunday evening at Smokies Stadium.

Long (5-5) pitched six scoreless innings for the second time on the current nine-game road trip. He allowed four hits, walked one batter, and recorded seven strikeouts in the win. Lillis-White tossed three scoreless, hitless innings to earn his first career save.

Leading 3-0 in the eighth inning, the BayBears (42-50 overall, 12-11 second half) added three runs of insurance. Jose Rojas hit a two-run homer to increase his hit streak to 25 straight games. Tim Arakawa followed with his second home run of the series. It was the first time Mobile has hit back-to-back home runs this season.

The BayBears plated runs in the second, third, and fourth innings against Adbert Alzolay (0-1). Rojas, Sherman Johnson , and Alberto Triunfel drove in the early runs to help Mobile grab a 3-0 lead over Tennessee (50-43, 14-10).

The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Tennessee Monday at 6:00 p.m. CT. Live coverage can be seen on (Tennessee 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 5:40 p.m. CT.

The BayBears return home Wednesday 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, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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