The Mobile BayBears came from behind on Wednesday night to beat the Blue Wahoos 4-2 at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The BayBears plated four runs in the eighth inning to overcome the Blue Wahoos 2-0 advantage. With a win by Montgomery, the Blue Wahoos are now three games back in the Southern League South.
Tony Cingrani worked five scoreless innings in the start for the Blue Wahoos. He struck out 10 without issuing a walk while allowing just five hits. He lowered his full-season MiLB-best ERA to 1.45. He also chipped in offensively with a pair of hits and a run scored.
Billy Hamilton helped produce the game’s first run. He led off the game with a walk and stole second and third base which allowed him to score on a groundout by Josh Fellhauer. Those were his only stolen bases of the game giving him 141 on the season. He is now four steals shy of tying the record.
Cingrani scored the second run in the third inning. He scored from second on a Ryan LaMarre single giving Pensacola a 2-0 lead.
The game stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. Chris Owings singled on an 0-2 pitch with runners at first and second to plate the BayBears first run of the game. Alfredo Marte followed with a double on the next pitch driving home Owings to tie the game. Marte later scored on a base hit from Ryan Strieby for the go-ahead and winning run. The final run scored on a throwing error to make it a 4-2 advantage. Three of the four runs were charged to Brian Pearl (1-3) who took the loss for the Blue Wahoos after one inning of work.
Eury De La Rosa worked a perfect ninth for the save out of the BayBears bullpen. Eric Smith (3-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win in relief.
LaMarre (2-for-4) had the only multi-hit game for the Blue Wahoos.
The series continues on Thursday when RHP Kyle Lotzkar (4-5) takes the mound against RHP Brett Tomko (No Record) who will make his BayBears debut. First pitch is set for 7:05.
On Deck: The Blue Wahoos will host a teddy bear toss at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium on Sunday after the game. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears out to the park to toss into a Dodge Ram pickup from Hill Kelly Dodge. All teddy bears collected will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.