Rojas rallies BayBears past Braves in dramatic fashion

Canning strikes out career-high nine batters in no-decision

By Mobile BayBears | May 9, 2018 3:44 PM

PEARL, Miss. (May 9, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, scored four unanswered runs in the final three innings to defeat the Mississippi Braves 4-2 Wednesday at Trustmark Park.


For the second straight game, Jose Rojas hit a long ball. Trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning, Rojas slugged a one-out homer to right field off Jacob Webb (1-1) with two runners on base. He finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate and has six hits in the series.


Griffin Canning struck out a career-high nine batters in 4 2/3 innings pitched. He gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits with three walks. After Matt Custred pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, Jeremy Rhoades (3-0) kept the Braves (14-19) off the board for the final two frames. Rhoades has not surrendered a run since April 11 at Jacksonville (15 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings).


Touki Toussaint recorded a quality start, giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He left with two runners on base in the seventh, and Bo Way plated the first Mobile run with a single off Devan Watts.


The BayBears continue the five-game road series against Mississippi Thursday at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Southpaw Jose Suarez (1-1, 4.80 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Wes Parsons (1-2, 1.61 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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