MOBILE, Ala., - Pensacola Blue Wahoos pitchers Domingo Tapia, Carlos Gonzalez and Brennan Bernardino gave up a combined two hits in extra innings against the Mobile BayBears in the second game of a doubleheader.
Problem was for the Blue Wahoos that the second hit of the game on Bernardino was a walk-off home run by first baseman Zach Houchins that helped Mobile sweep Wednesday's doubleheader, 1-0, and, 8-2, at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The teams were playing two seven-inning games to make up for Tuesday's rain out.
Houchins has worked over Pensacola pitching, which has the top ERA in the Southern League going 5-14 with three doubles, a triple and game-winning homer, his fourth of the season, and driven in nine RBIs.
Tapia earned his second spot start of the season in the second game of a doubleheader with the Mobile BayBears. All he did was throw five scoreless innings, allow one hit and strike out.
Pensacola reliever Gonzalez came off the Triple-A Louisville Bats disabled list to relieve Tapia and pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two in his first appearance with the Blue Wahoos.
The Blue Wahoos did have runners on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh inning but both DH Eric Jagielo and first baseman Angelo Gumbs struck out swinging. Pensacola's lineup earned just three hits and struck out 13 times in the second game.
The Blue Wahoos and BayBears are tied, 2-2, in the five-game series. Pensacola fell to 33-26 but remains in first place in the Southern League South Division.
Pensacola dropped the first game of the doubleheader to Mobile, 8-2, Wednesday.
The Blue Wahoos had scored two runs in the fifth inning to pull within, 4-2. Pensacola center fielder Brian O'Grady scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Josh VanMeter. Blue Wahoos right fielder Aristides Aquino then singled to score left fielder Tyler Goeddel.
Mobile scored eight runs, including a solo homer by Wade Wass, a Catholic High product, in the second inning, his ninth of the year. In the third inning, Houchins hit his 14th double of the season on a fly ball to center fielder that drove in second baseman David Fletcher and right fielder Forrestt Allday for two of Mobile's three runs in the inning. The BayBears scored four more in the sixth inning with the big hit coming when shortstop Alberto Triunfel tripled with the bases loaded to drive in three runs.
Aquino singled in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader to extend his on-base streak to 23 straight games, dating back to May 14.
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