MOBILE, Ala. (May 15, 2018) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, exploded for 11 runs on 15 hits in an 11-5 win over the Birmingham Barons to clinch a series victory Tuesday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Jose Suarez recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up two runs on five hits and issued just one walk. Matt Custred (1-2) earned the win in relief, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless, hitless frames.
The BayBears (19-19) plated 11 runs on 15 hits to provide plenty of support for the pitching staff. A five-run fourth inning against Jordan Guerrero (1-4) gave Mobile an early 6-0 lead. Despite Birmingham (18-21) loading the bases three times and staying within striking distance, a four-run seventh inning put the game out of reach.
Jose Rojas went 4-for-4 at the plate, driving in a run and scoring twice. It was the second time Rojas has recorded four hits in the last five games. Brennon Lund went 2-for-5, his sixth consecutive multi-hit game. Matt Thaiss , Connor Justus , Brendon Sanger , and Riley Unroe all drove in two runs.
The BayBears wrap up the five-game home series against Birmingham Wednesday at 11:05 a.m. Angels No. 10 prospect Jesus Castillo (4-2, 3.06 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against southpaw Ian Clarkin (3-4, 6.45 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 10:45 a.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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