PEARL, Miss. (April 14, 2019) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, were shut out by the Mississippi Braves 1-0 in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader but returned the favor with a 2-0 win in game two to wrap up the series at Trustmark Park.
Matt Ball pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed just two hits, and struck out seven batters in his second start of the season. However, Mississippi plated a run against Zac Ryan (1-2) in the bottom of the sixth on a CJ Alexander sacrifice fly to break the deadlock.
The BayBears left nine runners stranded and failed to score a run, despite loading the bases in the fourth and putting two on base in the fifth. Kyle Muller, Jonathan Aro, and Josh Graham (1-0) walked nine batters but struck out 10, only gave up just two hits, and combined for the shutout.
The BayBears (4-5) scoreless streak extended to 18 innings, but Mobile finally broke through with a pair of runs in the eighth inning to blank Mississippi (3-5) in the series finale.
Jack Kruger delivered with an RBI single off Jeremy Walker (0-1) to plate Jahmai Jones in the extra frame. Brandon Marsh scored on a Roberto Baldoquin sacrifice fly two batters later to double the lead.
Patrick Sandoval struck out a career-high 11 batters in five scoreless innings. Joe Gatto (1-0) retired all six batters he faced to earn the win in relief, and Ryan Clark held the Braves scoreless in the eighth to complete the shutout and pick up his first save.
The BayBears begin a five-game home series against the Montgomery Biscuits Monday at 6:35 p.m. Right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez (0-0, 7.71 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (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 6:15 p.m.
The BayBears 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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