JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With seven runs in the second, and Hector Ambriz throwing darts, the BayBears were in good shape on Friday night as they plastered the Jacksonville Suns 12-0 on Friday night at the Baseball Grounds.
Chris Rahl kicked off the scoring for the BayBears (15-7) as he lined his third tater of the season with Bryan Byrne aboard in the top of the second. A walk, single, and hit batsman loaded the bases. Mark Hallberg then drew a walk from Sean West (2-2) to force in the third BayBear run just before the evening's big blow.
Cyle Hankerd, who homered to lift the BayBears on Thursday, blasted a grand slam to cap off a seven-run rally. Two innings later, Hallberg tattooed a dinger to left preceding another solo shot from Hankerd, his teammate this winter in Hawaii, to make it 9-0. After West exited, Chris Leroux surrendered a double to Byrne and an RBI single to Orlando Mercado, giving the BayBears an even 10. Hallberg extended the BayBear cushion in the seventh by doubling and scoring on a groundout off the bat of Byrne. Ricardo Sosa came home on a wild pitch to finish the scoring.
In the meantime, Ambriz (3-2) was in full control, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning before a succession of three two-out singles with Chris De La Cruz breaking the no-hit bid.
Reid Mahon made his first appearance of the year and tossed a perfect eighth while Kyler Newby placed the stamp on the club's sixth shutout of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Following their 12-0 victory, the Mobile BayBears have announced the following roster moves in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Starting pitcher Hector Ambriz, the winning pitcher on Friday night, has been promoted to Triple-A Reno. Ambriz went 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA in five starts for the BayBears this season. He allowed seven earned runs on 18 hits in 29 innings while walking just six and fanning 32. To replace Ambriz on the Mobile roster, starting pitcher Jarrod Parker has been sent up to the BayBears from Single-A Visalia. Parker was named the #1 prospect in the Arizona farm system by FutureBacks.com this past offseason. With the Rawhide, Parker went 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA, striking out 21 batters and walking just four in 19 innings. He was 12-5 last year for Low-A South Bend with a 3.44 ERA and 117 punch outs in 117.2 innings. Parker will start for the BayBears on Saturday night in Jacksonville and wear jersey number 29.
* Hankerd is now 10-for-his-last-16 with 3 HR and 7 RBI the past two games
* Byrne walked three times, drawing one behind West Tennessee's Ezequiel Carrera for the Southern League lead
* This was Mobile's sixth shutout of the season.
Three of those were started by Ambriz, while Bryan Augenstein authored the other
20-year top prospect Jarrod Parker will make his BayBear debut on Saturday night in Jacksonville at 6:05 with coverage beginning on News/Talk 1480 WABB-AM at 7. The BayBears return home to battle Montgomery on Monday, May 11 at 7:05 p.m. For Hank Aaron Stadium ticket information, please call (251) 479-BEAR or log on to www.mobilebaybears.com.
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