The BayBears' bullpen bounced back from their previous two rocky performances and maintained a 5-3 victory over the Jacksonville Suns on Friday Night at Hank Aaron Stadium to win the series three games to two.
The BayBears (10-5) scored first for the second straight night as they picked up three runs in the bottom of the second against starter Darin Downs. The BayBears' ripped three straight singles from Taylor Harbin, Mark Hallberg, and Jake Elmore. Elmore's single scored Harbin before A.J. Pollock cleared the bases with a double. They added one run in the third with a Harbin single that scored Paul Goldschmidt and one run in the sixth with a Pollock sac fly that plated Elmore.
Jacksonville (8-7) was held scoreless until the third inning, when Chris Gutierrez drove in Paul Gran on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Suns added one more run in the fourth when Kyle Skipworth laced a triple with two outs and later scored on a throwing error from Jarrod Parker. Jake Smolinski had a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth to score Kevin Mattison.
Jarrod Parker (1-2) picked up his first win of the season as he tossed five innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out four. The BayBears' bullpen only allowed two hits the rest of the night as Leyson Septimo, Ryan Cook and Bryan Shaw each pitched well. Shaw earned his fourth save of the season as he closed the door on Jacksonville.
Jacksonville threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth with the BayBears leading 4-3 and runners on the corners. Jorge Padilla singled to lead the inning off and moved to third on a Skipworth single. Septimo fanned the next batter and then received a 3-6-3 double play ball to end the inning. Cook then had a 1-2-3 eighth and Shaw closed the door on the Suns to end the game.
- Harbin went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .400
- Elmore went 3-for-4 with two doubles, raising his average to .406
- Pollock collected 3 RBI out of the leadoff spot, while Goldschmidt drew 3 walks as the #3 hitter
- Four BayBears - Elmore, Goldschmidt, Marc Krauss, and Evan Frey - stole bases in the game
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