PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Wahoos were unable to tie their franchise record of seven straight series wins as they fell to the BayBears, 3-2, Wednesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Seth Varner (L, 4-1) was charged with his first loss as a starter for the Wahoos. He started off with three shutout innings, but a Jack Kruger two-run shot to left field that scored Jahmai Jones gave the BayBears a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning. In the top of the sixth, Jose Rojas singled home Kruger to increase Mobile's lead to 3-1. Varner pitched 6.1 innings and walked a career-high four with five strikeouts.
Joe Gatto (W, 3-3) had a strong outing for the BayBears. The Angels prospect pitched six innings and allowed two walks and struck out four. Shed Long smashed an RBI double off the wall to give the Wahoos an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. That was the only damage Pensacola did against the Mobile starter.
The Wahoos mounted a late-game comeback against Mobile closer Matt Custred (S, 5) but came up short. Pensacola loaded the bases with one out before Chris Okey singled home Narciso Crook. Taylor Sparks tried to score from second but was thrown out by left-fielder Zach Gibbons for the second out. Custred struck out TJ Friedl to end the game and secure the split in the series.
The Wahoos head to Mississippi on Thursday night where they will play the Braves on a five-game road stint. Right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (6-8, 4.67) will get the start for the Wahoos. Thursday's game can be found on the radio at 97.1 The Ticket/1490 AM Milton, and www.bluewahoos.com. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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