BayBears Beat Kershaw, Suns 6-5

After falling behind in the first inning for the second straight night, the Mobile BayBears showed no fear against Jacksonville ace Clayton Kershaw in a 6-5 win over the Jacksonville Suns.

Clayton Kershaw was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2006 draft and has pitched for the USA National Team. In 33.1 innings prior to the contest, Kershaw has only four earned runs while recording 37 strikeouts. Opponents were batting just .192 against him.   He was ranked as the third best overall prospect in the 2008 Prospects Guide Magazine, and one longtime scout said that Kershaw was the best left-handed pitcher ever in the Midwest League.

James Tomlin led off the contest with a dinger to left field off BayBears (18-20) starter Hector Ambriz, who worked 4.2 innings, picking up his second no-decision. Kershaw received a 2-0 lead after one inning but gave it up in the fourth.

Chris Rahl started the rally with an infield single and scored on a Bryan Byrne base hit. Byrne came home on a Cesar Nicolas double to put the BayBears in front 3-2. Nicolas came home on a sac fly by Cyle Hankerd, which chased Kershaw from the contest after just 3.1 innings. The final line for Kershaw included a season-high five runs allowed on five hits with three strikeouts.

In the fifth, the BayBears let their 5-2 lead slip after three consecutive run-scoring hits by Russell Mitchell, Jamie Hoffman and Shane Justis with two outs. With the score tied at 5-5, Brandon Burgess reached on a pinch-hit double in the seventh and scored on a single up the middle by Yunesky Sanchez. Jose Marte (1-1) worked 2.1 innings out of the pen for his first win as a BayBear while Reid Mahon (S, 9) nailed down the final two frames.

On Tuesday night, Matt Torra (4-1, 1.71) takes the ball for the BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium against lefty Marlon Arias (3-2, 4.80) at 7:05 p.m. Call (251) 479-BEAR for tickets or log on to


- Before the game, Katie Peavy, wife of 2007 Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, unveiled the Peavy Suite that Jake and Katie purchased for BayBear Charities such as St. Jude's Hospital, the Children's Miracle Network, and Preschool for the Sensory Impaired. 
- With his save, Mahon tied the Barons' Jon Link for the league lead with nine.
- Second baseman Rusty Ryal was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for May 4-11 for posting a .440 batting average with four home runs and 11 RBI in 25 at-bats.

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