Corbin, Goldschmidt Lead Mobile in Key Win

The Mobile BayBears cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Birmingham Barons Thursday after Paul Goldschmidt was named Topps Southern League Player of the Month for May. Patrick Corbin ran his scoreless innings streak to 27.1 before Birmingham pushed a man home in the bottom of the eighth.

Patrick Corbin (6-2) broke the franchise's consecutive scoreless innings mark in the bottom of the fifth when he ran into his biggest threat of the ballgame. Birmingham (34-26) loaded the bases with no outs as Kyle Shelton singled in front of a walk and a hit batsman. Tyler Kuhn, however, struck out before Brandon Short bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to push Corbin past J.J. Trujillo's nine-year old team mark.

Paul Goldschmidt, who earlier in the day got selected as the Southern League's Topps May Player of the Month, gave Corbin a lead to work with in the top of the first, clobbering his 21st home run of the season.  Goldschmidt batted .316 in May with eight home runs and 26 RBI while hitting safely in 25 of 31 games. He carried a season-high 11-game hitting streak during the month while leading the Southern League with 20 walks and 26 runs scored.

Hector Santiago (3-1) surrendered a third tally to the BayBears (36-25) in the top of the second as Marc Krauss walked and took third on an Ed Easley double before an Ollie Linton bouncer to second brought Krauss to the dish.

In the fifth, Jake Elmore started a threat with a double to right-center. After Goldschmidt was intentionally walked, Elmore and Goldschmidt executed a double steal to perfection.  Taylor Harbin then bounced into a fielder's choice that brought home Elmore to make it 4-0.

Corbin dazzled the Barons for eight solid frames, matching his career-high with 10 strikeouts. He only gave up four hits while earning his fourth consecutive victory. With the win, the BayBears extended their lead in the South Division to 1.5 games over the second-place Barons with only nine contests remaining in the first half, four of which come against the Barons.

BayBear Bits

  • The first five batters in the BayBears' lineup are all batting over .300 for the season
  • Ed Easley collected three hits in a contest for the first time this season
  • Mike DeMark earned the third save of his six-year pro career by tossing a perfect ninth inning.  He hasn't allowed a run in five innings since joining the BayBears earlier this month.

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