With the Biscuits (3-2) leading 1-0 entering the top of the ninth, they seemed to have the series locked up in cruise control until Evan Frey’s lead-off knock against Darin Downs. After a sac bunt from Ollie Linton, Collin Cowgill bounced a ball over Greg Sexton’s head at third to bring home Frey, tying the game at 1-1.
One pitch after Cowgill was tossed out at second trying to stretch his single into a double, Konrad Schmidt homered to the opposite field, elating the BayBears (2-3) with a 2-1 advantage.
Abe Woody (1-2) took the bump in the home half of the ninth looking to avenge Sunday’s loss, but instead suffered more unfortunate business. Woody surrendered three consecutive singles to start the frame with the last one bringing home Drew Anderson to even the game at 2-2 off the bat of Cody Cipriano.
After recording a pair of outs, Woody hit Ryan Royster with a pitch to load the bases and uncorked a walk-off single to John Matulia.
Downs’ original blown save tossed out a would-be victory for starter Jeremy Hall, who fired seven scoreless innings in his Double-A debut.
Southern League veteran Barry Enright was also tremendous with six solid frames,
allowing just a run on three singles.
The previous day, Woody let another save chance slip in the bottom of the ninth
when he surrendered a two-out single to Shawn O’Malley and then a two-strike RBI
double to Emeel Salem. Cody Strait bounced a ball down the third base line that
Harbin gloved but his throw to first sailed over Byrne’s head and scored Salem
for the game-winner.
This occurred after a dropped ball by left fielder Ryan Royster opened the
door for their three-run BayBear ninth. Down 3-1, Cyle Hankerd drilled a ball
into the gap that Royster had tip off his glove, allowing Bryan Byrne to score.
After an intentional walk to Taylor Harbin, Jake Elmore bounced a ball fair down
the third base line to bring home Schmidt and Hankerd, putting the BayBears on
top against Matthew Gorgen, who blew the save.
Both of Sunday's starters threw the ball well, with Bryan Shaw looking sharp
in his BayBear debut as he fanned six over five frames. His only blemishes came
in the second when he coughed up two runs on four hits as Chris De La Cruz and
O’Malley knocked in runs.
David Newmann was incredible for the Biscuits with a seven-inning, five-hit,
no-run performance. He fanned four and walked nobody while only using 65 (45
strikes) to get through seven.
The BayBears return to Mobile for the home opener at Hank Aaron Stadium on Wednesday night at 7:05 when they open the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum. Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson, Bob Feller, Bruce Sutter and Willie Mays will be in attendance among many other baseball dignitaries. Right-hander Wes Roemer starts for the BayBears against the Birmingham Barons at 7:05 p.m.
For tickets, which start at $5 for kids and $7 for adults, call (251) 479-BEAR or log on to www.mobilebaybears.com.
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