BayBears' Rally Falls Short in Home Opener

BayBears' Rally Falls Short in Home Opener

Carolina Mudcats starter Dallas Buck pitched 5.2 strong innings against his old organization as they defeated the Mobile Baybears 8-6 in the BayBears' home opener. Third baseman Ricardo Sosa homered for the second straight game in a valiant comeback effort off the Carolina bullpen that fell just short.

The Carolina Mudcats (4-2) were helped by a great effort from starter Dallas Buck (1-0) who worked 5.2 innings to beat the organization that traded him last August; Buck was part of the package sent to the Cincinnati Reds to acquire slugger Adam Dunn. BayBears starter Matt Torra (1-1) was bruised by a long home run from Juan Francisco in the first before allowing another in third and three more in the fifth.

Trailing 8-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the BayBears made life interesting for new Carolina skipper David Bell with a pair of runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth before accepting an 8-6 defeat to the Mudcats at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Ricardo Sosa propelled the comeback attempt with a two-run blast just to the right of straightaway center in the eighth off southpaw Camilo Vazquez to cut the BayBear deficit to 8-4. In the bottom of the ninth, Evan Frey lined a two-run double to the right field corner to knock in Mark Hallberg and Chris Rahl.  Rahl has opened the season 5-for-10 with six walks, a home run, and six runs scored.

That was as close as the BayBears (4-2) would get as Bell turned to Derrik Lutz (S, 1) who retired James Skelton for the game's final out.

Zach Cozart had a big night for the Mudcats, with three RBI and a dinger in the seventh off reliever Kyler Newby. Rahl and Skelton each scored a pair of runs for the BayBears.


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