With a 4-0 shutout victory over the Biloxi Shuckers on Sunday afternoon, the Mobile BayBears won their second five-game series of the season, taking three of the five games played at Hank Aaron Stadium over the weekend.
Falling to the Shuckers 6-2 earlier Sunday when the two teams resumed their suspended game from Saturday, the BayBears rebounded for the 4-0 win in the series finale. The shutout was Mobile’s second of the season and second against Biloxi.
Play was stopped due to rain just before the top of the fifth inning on Saturday and Biloxi led Mobile 3-0. Biloxi got on the board in the first inning when BayBears starting RHP Brandon Sinnery retired the first batter he faced but Orlando Arcia reached first on an error in the next at bat. After a walk to Nathan Orf, Taylor Green delivered a RBI single to score Arcia. Michael Reed drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to center to push the Shuckers lead to 2-0. Biloxi scored again in the second inning when Adam Weisenburger drove in Tryrone Taylor with a RBI single.
After allowing three hits in the top of the first inning, Shuckers starting LHP Hobbs Johnson retired 10 straight batters before play was stopped at the end of the fourth inning.The hitting struggles continued for Mobile when play resumed Sunday as Shuckers pitchers retired 23 of 24 Mobile batters. Biloxi added a three-run homer from Yadiel Rivera in the eighth inning.
Mobile managed to push across two runs in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately fell 6-2.
In Sunday’s originally scheduled game, the BayBears struck first with one run in the first inning when Raul Navarro led off when a single and advanced to third and then scored on a wild pitch to give Mobile a 1-0 lead. In the third inning the BayBears added two more runs off the bat of Alex Gleen who made it 3-0 Mobile with a two-run double. The final BayBears run came in the bottom of the sixth when RHP Gabriel Arias helped his own cause with an RBI single to bring the score to 4-0 in favor of Mobile.
Arias (2-0) was great on the mound. The righty kept Biloxi scoreless while only allowing six hits, walking one and striking out one in 6.2 innings. RHP Enrique Burgos came in to finish of the Shuckers with the last out in the seven to preserve the shutout.
Mobile now travels to Montgomery for a five game series with the Montgomery Biscuits. The BayBears next home series will begin Saturday, April 25 against the Mississippi Braves.