After waiting an extra day due to rain on Wednesday, the Mobile BayBears opened up their 2015 home schedule with two wins on Thursday in a doubleheader sweep of the Biloxi Shuckers.
The BayBears took game one from the Shuckers 4-3 and capped the night off with a 2-0 shutout in game two at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Biloxi (3-3) scored first in game one when Nick Ramirez brought in Kyle Wren from third to give the Shuckers a 1-0 lead. After Mobile (5-2) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Ramirez got to the BayBears again in the fourth, reclaiming the Shuckers one-run lead with a solo home run.
The BayBears retied the game again in the bottom of the fourth when Socrates Brito reached safely with a lead-off triple and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Drury to even the score at 2-2.
The Shuckers took the lead back, 3-2 in the fifth on a Nathan Orf RBI single that plated Wren but the BayBears tied it again at 3-3 with a RBI double from Tom Belza. In the bottom of the seventh with the game still tied, Mark Thomas led off the inning and ended the game with a walk-off solo home run to seal the BayBears 4-3 win.
Mobile RHP starter Aaron Blair (1-0) had to settle for a no decision. The righty allowed just three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three batters over six full innings. The win was credited to RHP Seth Simmons (2-0) who retired the side in order in the top of the seventh inning.
In the second game RHP Braden Shipley (1-0) shutout the Shuckers allowing just five hits, walking two and striking out five over five innings. Mobile scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 2-0 lead and RHP Enrique Burgos retired the final four batters of the game, earning his second save in as many opportunities to preserve the 2-0 victory.
The BayBears and Suckers are scheduled to continue their five game series with game three of the homestand on Friday night beginning at 7:05 PM. Gates at Hank Aaron Stadium will open up at 6 PM. Fans are invited to stick around after the game for the first Friday Night Fireworks Show. All Fireworks shows are weather permitting.
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