Ambriz Extends Scoreless Streak to 16.2 IP
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Posted Apr 21, 2009


Hector Ambriz combined with two relievers for his second straight shutout, continuing to prove that he belongs in Triple-A. The BayBear offense supported him with four runs and 13 hits, four of which came courtesy of top position player prospect Gerardo Parra.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Hector Ambriz ran his scoreless streak to 16.2 innings Tuesday as the BayBears squashed the Montgomery Biscuits 4-0 at Riverwalk Stadium. Ambriz combined with southpaws Clay Zavada and Daniel Schlereth on the four-hit shutout while the trio recorded 12 strikeouts to go with no walks in the club’s fourth shutout victory this season.

Offensively, the BayBears (9-3) scuffled early against Montgomery (5-7) starter Aneury Rodriguez (0-3), who took a two-hit shutout of his own into the fifth inning. From there, a 3-1 fastball off the bat of Chris Rahl left the yard to put the BayBears up by a run. Mark Hallberg then walked and scored on a double to right-center by Pedro Ciriaco.

The bottom third of the BayBear lineup did more damage in the seventh when Rahl reached on a fielder’s choice after a Yunesky Sanchez single. Rahl was knocked to the plate on a triple by Hallberg to make it 3-0. One batter later, Ciriaco singled in Hallberg to finish the scoring.

Gerardo Parra collected four hits on the day, while Ciriaco had three and Rahl and Hallberg collected two a piece.  The team was only 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and left eight men on base.

Montgomery only managed to send more than three men to the plate twice in the contest with four men coming up in the second and ninth innings. They never had a runner reach third.  At one point, the BayBears’ staff retired 12 straight until a one-out single in the ninth by John Matulia. Zavada worked two perfect innings while fanning four. Schlereth punched out a pair in the final frame.


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