BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 19, 2018) - Outfielder Zach Gibbons from the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Southern League All-Star Game after his standout performance Tuesday night at Regions Field.
Gibbons entered the game in the sixth inning and went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and three runs scored. His single in the seventh inning was the first of the game for the South Division, and it opened up a scoring barrage over the final three frames. The squad plated nine runs on 10 hits to earn a 9-5 victory over the North Division.
In the eighth and ninth inning, Gibbons hit a pair of two-run singles. The eighth-inning single gave the South a 4-2 lead at the time, and his ninth-inning base hit drove in a pair of insurance runs. Gibbons scored all three times he reached base.
Gibbons became the first BayBear to be named the Most Valuable Player of a Southern League All-Star Game since outfielder Justin Greene in 2013.
Right-handed pitcher Matt Custred struck out the one batter he faced, Zack Collins , to end the sixth inning.
The BayBears open the second half with a six-game home series against the Tennessee Smokies beginning Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. 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. 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.