PENSACOLA, Fla., - Pensacola Blue Wahoos closer Jimmy Herget turned in his longest outing this season, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings for his Southern League-leading 15th save.
Herget protected a one-run lead as the Blue Wahoos held on for a, 3-2, victory Sunday over the Mobile BayBears in Hank Aaron Stadium.
The Blue Wahoos improved to 32-24 and with the Biloxi Shuckers loss Sunday took a two-game lead in the race for the Southern League South Division. The club is now 9-12 in one-run games this year.
Herget allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three. He now has 15 saves in 17 attempts and has struck out 41 batters in 28.1 innings. He is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA.
Pensacola ace Tyler Mahle pitched 6.1 scoreless innings before Mobile tagged him for two runs in the seventh. Mahle got the first out of the seventh inning and then gave up singles to Mobile second baseman David Fletcher and center field Forrest Allday who both scored when BayBears first baseman Zach Houchins hit his 12th double of the season to make it a, 3-2, game.
Pensacola reliever Geoff Broussard came in and hit Wade Wass, a former Catholic High School player, with a pitch to put runners on first and second. He was then replaced by Herget, who got third baseman Andrew Daniel to fly out to left field to move Houchins and Wass to second and third. Herget intentionally walked left fielder Tim Arakawa to load the bases. But Herget got the final out of the seventh inning when he got shortstop Alberto Triunfel to hit into a force out to end the scoring threat.
Mahle improved to 7-2 on the season and dropped his ERA to 1.66. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out three batters and now has 75 on the season, which ties him for second in the Southern League.
Pensacola went ahead, 1-0, when second baseman Alex Blandino smacked his 14th double of the season to center field to score first baseman Angelo Gumbs, who reached on an error.
In the sixth inning, Aristides Aquino smashed his eighth homer of the season to put Pensacola ahead, 2-0. Blandino made it, 3-0, then hit his 15th double of the season to right field with two outs to score Gumbs, who walked.
Aquino has reached base in 20 straight games or since May 14. During the streak, the 22-year-old, who MLB Pipeline.com ranks as the sixth best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization, has four home runs, 16 RBIs and is 24-73 or hitting .328.
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