BayBears Eliminated from Playoffs

After an 8-3 loss Sunday night, the Mobile BayBears have been eliminated from the postseason. They dropped their best-of-five series to the Jacksonville Suns three games to one, only managing 10 total runs in the four contests.

Mobile's one win in the series came in game two, when Tom Layne's solid-but-unspectacular start was backed up by 3.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen.  In fact, Ryan Cook, Bryan Shaw, Reid Mahon, and Daniel Stange combined to allow just one hit.  There was no need to be quite that dominant, as the BayBears offense scored six times on the strength of Ollie Linton and Konrad Schmidt solo shots and four Suns errors that led to three unearned runs.

The offense would have been better served to spread that effectiveness over the rest of the series, as Mobile only scored four runs total in the three losses.  Game one was lost 2-0 when reliever Bryan Woodall surrendered two runs in the eighth inning to waste six shutout frames from Josh Collmenter.  Starters Wade Miley and Kyler Newby took the losses in games three and four, contests that were lost 3-1 and 8-3, respectively. 

Miley only allowed one unearned run in the game three loss.  Roque Mercedes was ineffective in an attempt to relieve Miley in the seventh, though, surrendering two runs without recording an out.  Woodall redeemed himself from his game one misfortunes by firing a scoreless eighth and ninth, giving the Mobile offense a chance to rally that was ultimately squandered.   Jake Elmore hit a solo dinger in this game while Evan Frey and Taylor Harbin each collected two knocks, but the team went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The offense redeemed itself a little in game four by plating three runs on just five hits, but it was not enough to overcome a three-run, four-inning effort from Newby and four runs off Mahon in the 7th.  Matt Dominguez continued to terrorize BayBear pitching, knocking in four runs with a triple and a homer.  He slugged 1.000 against Mobile overall in the four-game series.

BayBear Bits

  • Bryan Byrne led Mobile with a .333 AVG in the series, while Schmidt led with a .571 SLG.  The two players tied for the OBP lead at .412.
  • All three of Mobile's homers in the series came with no men on base.
  • Shaw got Mobile's only victory and pitched 1.2 shutout innings in the series.
  • The BayBears finished the year with the third most wins in team history and their fourth ever playoff appearance.

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