BayBears win second straight home series opener

Morgan's first Double-A home run highlights four-run third

By Mobile BayBears | August 7, 2019 10:58 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (August 7, 2019) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, bounced back from an early deficit to defeat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5-1 and snap a nine-game losing streak Wednesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.

 

After Travis Blankenhorn hit his 17th home run to give Pensacola a 1-0 lead in the first, the BayBears (42-71 overall, 15-30 second half) responded with a four-run third. Brandon Marsh tied the game with an RBI double and two batters later, Gareth Morgan hit a three-run homer to center field. It was Morgan's first Double-A long ball and gave Mobile a 4-1 lead.

 

Jeremy Beasley (6-6) allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched. A trio of BayBears relievers held Pensacola (61-54, 23-22) to just one hit, and Brett Hanewich recorded the final out with the bases loaded in the ninth for his first save.

 

Jhoan Duran (1-2) took the loss in a six-inning start, giving up five runs on seven hits.

 

The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Pensacola Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Greg Mahle (0-2, 3.27 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Bryan Sammons (4-4, 4.18 ERA) for the Blue Wahoos. 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. Partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to 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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