BayBears take lead in sixth, but Generals explode late

Gibbons finishes home run away from cycle, Rojas hits 13th homer

By Mobile BayBears | July 15, 2018 11:42 PM

JACKSON, Tenn. (July 15, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, took an 8-7 lead in the sixth inning but gave up 13 unanswered runs in a 20-8 loss to the Jackson Generals Sunday night at the Ballpark at Jackson.

 

Zach Gibbons finished a home run away from the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Jack Kruger had a three-hit game, and Jose Rojas added his 13th home run of the season in the third inning.

 

The BayBears (48-43 overall, 11-12 second half) erased a three-run deficit and grabbed an 8-7 lead in the top of the sixth on a two-run Riley Unroe triple. However, Jackson (50-43, 11-13) responded with a six-run sixth and a seven-run seventh. Former BayBear Rudy Flores hit a three-run homer off Daniel Procopio (0-1) in the sixth, and Daniel Robertson hit a grand slam in the seventh.

 

It was the largest margin of defeat for Mobile and set season-highs in both runs and hits allowed. The Generals plated 20 runs on 21 hits in the game. All nine players in Jackson's starting lineup had a multi-hit game.

 

The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Jackson Monday at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Joe Gatto (3-3, 7.05 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Ryan Atkinson (3-10, 5.13 ERA) for the Generals. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Jackson 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 5:45 p.m. CDT.

 

The BayBears return home Wednesday 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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