Augenstein Authors Another BayBears Shutout

The Mobile BayBears have orchestrated three shutouts already this year, and sinkerballer Bryan Augenstein was the starting pitcher in two of those contests. The BayBears scraped together four runs on just five hits, more than enough for the BayBears to defeat the Carolina Mudcats Friday night. Augenstein has not allowed a run in a dozen innings this year.

MOBILE, Ala. – Bryan Augenstein punched out seven over seven innings as the BayBears worked up a 4-0 victory over the Carolina Mudcats to win their second consecutive series.

Augenstein (2-0) was solid from the start. He struck out a pair in the first, getting Jose Castro and Todd Frazier to whiff. Augenstein mastered his control throughout the evening, as he didn't walk a single batter; he tossed 74 pitches officially, 59 for strikes.

All the offense that Augenstein needed came in the bottom of the second against Carolina (4-5) starter James Avery (0-1), although most of the damage wasn't Avery's fault. The sizzling-hot Ricardo Sosa began the frame by reaching on an error off the mitt of Castro. After a walk to Bryan Byrne and a Chris Rahl strikeout, Yunesky Sanchez put the BayBears (7-2) in front with a single to score Sosa.

Orlando Mercado followed suit with a run-scoring base knock to drive home Byrne. Sanchez and Mercado both returned to the dish on a two-run single by Evan Frey. Three of Avery's runs were unearned, and the Mudcats totaled four defensive miscues on the evening.

2008 first-round draft pick Daniel Schlereth made his Hank Aaron Stadium debut on Friday and hurled two hitless innings. Schlereth walked a pair and hit a batter, but ended the contest by freezing Logan Parker on a 3-2 fastball.

With the win, the 7-2 BayBears are tied for the best record in the Southern League.

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