Seven runs in the ninth inning and a solid effort from Matt Torra lifted the BayBears in a 12-2
pounding of the first-place Huntsville Stars at
Joe W. Davis Stadium.
Torra (4-1) was masterful as he held the league's best
offense to just one run on seven scattered hits over six
innings. Torra was given the lead by Rusty Ryal,
who connected with a two-out, three-run homer in the
first inning off
Huntsville (23-11) starter Brae Wright
In the fourth, the Stars drew closer on Chris
Errecart's solo homer, but Torra got that run back
for himself in the fifth inning on an RBI double to
knock in Orlando Mercado. An RBI single by
Cyle Hankerd in the sixth pushed the BayBears
(16-18) lead to 5-1.
A solo homer by Mat Gamel in the seventh off
Cody Evans was the last run the Stars scored before
the BayBears' outburst in the ninth, capped by Hankerd's
grand slam off
David Johnson, who was responsible for all
seven ninth-inning tallies. Hankerd's granny was the
first by a BayBear since Ryal jacked one on August 27,
2007 against the Suns.
Adam Howard (3-1, 4.45) pitches on Friday night
at 7:05 in the finale of the BayBears' 10-game road trip
Huntsville. The BayBears return home on Saturday
night to battle the Jacksonville Suns at Hank Aaron
(251) 479-BEAR for tickets or log on to
eclipsed season-highs for runs in a game (12)
and runs in an inning (7).
The BayBears hadn't
received a four-hit game from anyone until this
week. Now they have two, as Yunesky Sanchez picked up four singles on Thursday.
The BayBears also played
an errorless game, breaking a six-game string of
at least one error per game.
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