Crazy eighth decides game in one-run BayBears loss

Suarez strikes out seven batters in 5 1/3 scoreless innings

By Mobile BayBears | May 10, 2018 11:47 PM

PEARL, Miss. (May 10, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning but gave up three in the bottom half, falling 3-2 to the Mississippi Braves Thursday night at Trustmark Park.


After seven scoreless innings, the two teams combined to score five runs in the eighth. With one out in the top of the frame, Brendon Sanger scored on a throwing error to break the deadlock. Bo Way followed with an RBI single off Kelvin Vasquez (2-0), his third of the night, to double the lead.


However, Mississippi (15-19) responded in the bottom of the eighth. Following a one-out hit-by-pitch and a walk, Ryan Clark (1-2) entered and gave up a two-run triple to Cleuluis Rondon. Rondon scored the go-ahead run two batters later on a throwing error.


The BayBears (15-18) put runners on the corners with back-to-back two out singles in the ninth, but Adam McCreery induced a groundout to earn the save.


Both starting pitchers took no-decisions in the game. Jose Suarez fanned seven batters in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and did not issue a walk. Wes Parsons tossed seven scoreless frames and matched his career-high with nine strikeouts, while allowing just four scattered singles.


The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Mississippi Friday at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Right-handed pitcher Jesus Castillo (3-2, 2.97 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Enderson Franco (1-2, 4.50 ERA) for the Braves. Live coverage can be seen on (Mississippi 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 6:45 p.m.


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


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