PENSACOLA, Fla. - Tony Santillan (W, 1-0) had an outstanding debut on the mound in the Wahoos 2-1 victory Sunday night against the Mobile BayBears at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
Keury Mella was called up to Triple-A Louisville and Pensacola relied on Santillan to fill the All-Star's void. Santillan did not fold to the pressure and displayed his effectiveness in his outing. In six innings, the Reds prospect struck out five, allowed seven hits and just one walk. His only blemish of the game came in the top of the third inning as Brennan Lund hit a solo homer to right field.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Mitch Nay crushed a ground ball RBI single to left field that scored TJ Friedl, giving the Wahoos the lead at 2-1.
The BayBears had a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Alex Powers (S, 9) halted the threat. Powers wiggled out of a jam with runners on the corners and one out in the inning thanks to Bo Way, who grounded into a double play to second baseman Mitch Nay to end the game and secure the win for the Wahoos.
The Wahoos will look to carry their momentum in game two of the series and RHP Daniel Wright (4-5, 4.12) will start for Pensacola, and RHP Jeremy Beasley will take the hill for Mobile, making his Double-A debut. Monday's game can be found on the radio at 97.1 The Ticket/1490 AM Milton, CST, and www.bluewahoos.com. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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