MOBILE, Ala. (May 13, 2018) - A three-run fourth inning erased an early deficit and helped the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, even the series with a 3-2 win over the Birmingham Barons Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Zach Houchins hit an RBI triple in the fourth to tie the game 1-1, and he scored the go-ahead run on a Zach Gibbons base hit. Gibbons later scored the third run of the frame on Bo Way 's two-out single.
The Barons (18-19) plated runs in the third and sixth against Jose Rodriguez (2-4), but Jeremy Rhoades got the BayBears (17-19) out of a jam in the sixth. He recorded a strikeout with runners on second and third to end the inning and preserve the 3-2 lead. Rhoades kept Birmingham off the board in the next two frames to extend his scoreless streak to 18 consecutive innings.
Despite a leadoff walk and a two-out hit-by-pitch, Matt Custred struck out two batters and induced a groundout to earn his first Double-A save.
White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 with an RBI infield single in the third and a run scored in the sixth. Spencer Adams (2-4) recorded a quality start, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings, but took the loss.
The BayBears continue the five-game home series against Birmingham Monday at 6:35 p.m. Angels No. 8 prospect Griffin Canning (1-0, 2.31 ERA) is scheduled to make the start against righty Brandon Brennan (2-0, 4.34 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 6:15 p.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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