12-Inning Win Continues Mobile Playoff Push

With six first-half contests remaining, the BayBears sit just three games out of first place in a three-team race that includes the Jacksonville Suns and Montgomery Biscuits for the First Half South Division Championship. A 12-inning, 6-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday helped their cause.

A 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning was kicked to the curb on a game-tying two-run homer by Matt Dominguez, but the BayBears persevered in extra frames as they knocked off the Jacksonville Suns, 6-3 in 12 innings on Sunday at the Baseball Grounds.

Jacksonville (36-27) fell behind early with Alex Sanabia on the hill as he uncorked an RBI triple to Konrad Schmidt in the fourth inning, bringing home Cowgill. Schmidt touched the dish after a two-out single by Taylor Harbin. Schmidt scored another two-out tally in the sixth as he came in on a two-bagger by Bryan Byrne to put the BayBears up 3-0.

Leyson Septimo was asked to nail down a save for Barry Enright, who pitched extremely well while fanning a season-high nine in 6.1 innings. Septimo was sharp to the first two hitters, retiring both before coughing up a bloop double to Brandon Tripp. Tripp trotted home in front of Dominguez, who punched out a 2-1 fastball to even the score.

A 3-3 tie remained until the top of the 12th when Garrett Parcell once again ran into problems. Parcell allowed four runs in an inning on Thursday and surrendered three in this outing. Kory Casto cracked a pinch-hit double with one out while his pinch-runner, Tom Layne, scored on a double to left by Evan Frey.

After Jake Elmore was walked, Collin Cowgill dumped a ball off the warning track in right to bring home both Frey and Elmore, extending the lead for the BayBears (34-28) to three. Josh Ellis (S, 1) allowed a single in the bottom of the 12th, but that was it as he secured the lead for Reid Mahon (1-2), who tossed two scoreless innings.

With the win, coupled with Montgomery's victory, the BayBears remain three games out of first place in the South Division with just six contests remaining in the first half.  They play the Suns again Monday then close out the first half against the Tennessee Smokies.  A former D-backs' affiliate, the Smokies currently have the best record in the Southern League.

The BayBears have not been to the playoffs since 2004, but if they are able to secure a first-half championship, they will clinch a postseason berth and home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

BayBear Bits

  • Frey collected his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10.  He is batting .405 in that span.
  • Four of Mobile's first five batters had two hits in the game.  Elmore, the #2 hitter, had one base knock and two walks.
  • After having won the organization's Pitcher of the Month Award for May, Enright has 20 strikeouts to just one walk in three June starts.

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