Three-run fifth inning pushes BayBears past Biscuits

Houchins homers in first, drives in three runs in victory

By Mobile BayBears | August 30, 2017 12:03 AM

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (August 29, 2017) - The Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, evened the series with a 5-4 comeback win over the Montgomery Biscuits Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

 

Trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning, Zach Houchins drove in his third run of the game with a double to slice the Biscuits' lead in half. With one out and runners on second and third, Zach Gibbons reached on a fielding error that brought home two runs.

 

Mobile's (63-70 overall, 33-31 second half) bullpen did not allow a hit from the fourth inning until the ninth. Greg Mahle (6-0) earned the win with 2 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Damien Magnifico got the BayBears out of a jam, getting the final out of the eighth inning with two runners on. Abel De Los Santos got three straight outs after a leadoff double in the ninth to record his fourth save.

 

Houchins got the scoring started for the BayBears with a two-run homer off Logan Darnell (5-2) in the first inning, snapping an 18-inning scoreless streak. It was his team-high 14th home run of the season.

 

The Biscuits (75-59, 38-26) responded with a run in the first inning and three runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead. Jake Cronenworth had a multi-hit game, including an RBI double in the second, and he scored a pair of runs.

 

The BayBears wrap up the five-game road series against Montgomery Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Right-handed pitcher Luis Pena (1-1, 0.87 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Jose Mujica (12-8, 2.97 ERA) for the Biscuits. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (Montgomery 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. CT.

 

The BayBears return home Thursday and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).

 

The 2018 BayBears schedule has been released and is available by clicking here. Game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.

 

About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim 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 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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