MOBILE, Ala. (May 14, 2018) - Griffin Canning , Greg Mahle , Adrian Almeida , and Ryan Clark combined to throw the second no-hitter of the season for the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Angels, just 16 days after the first one on April 28 in Montgomery. The BayBears blanked the Birmingham Barons 9-0 Monday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Canning pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and struck out eight batters. He walked two batters and allowed one to reach on a fielding error. Mahle (3-0) retired all five batters he faced and fanned three. Almeida and Clark combined to issue five walks over the final three innings but kept the Barons (18-20) out of the hit column. The BayBears (18-19) struck out 13 Birmingham batters in the gem.
Mobile plated four runs in the first inning against Brandon Brennan (2-1) and tacked on five more runs of insurance later in the game. Matt Thaiss matched his career-high with four hits, including a triple and two runs scored. Taylor Ward hit a three-run homer in the eighth, his sixth long ball of the season, to cap the scoring. It was Ward's team-high 13th multi-hit game of the season.
White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez was held hitless for the second time in the series, following a three-hit game Sunday. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Monday's no-hitter was the third in team history and the first thrown at home by a Mobile squad in 22 seasons at Hank Aaron Stadium. The 2018 BayBears are just the second team in Southern League history to throw two nine-inning no-hitters in the same season, joining the 1971 Columbus Astros.
The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Birmingham Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Angels No. 12 prospect Jose Suarez (1-1, 3.54 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Jordan Guerrero (1-3, 5.85 ERA) for the Barons. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (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.
The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 3. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and 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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