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.