BayBears Sweep Double Dip to Move into First

Early scoring and strong pitching prevailed for the Mobile BayBears on Monday night at AT&T Field with a doubleheader sweep over the Chattanooga Lookouts in 4-2 and 4-1 victories. Workhorse Tom Layne picked up his 12th victory of the season in game one and Chris Rahl carried the offense in the nightcap.

Tom Layne (12-6) worked game one of a doubleheader for the seventh time this season and waded through six innings while scattering eight hits. His only trouble came in the bottom of the sixth when he surrendered a two-out double to Trayvon Robinson before a two-run homer by Jerry Sands.

By then, the BayBears (69-55, 33-23) had polished up a 4-0 lead for Layne. They picked up run in the third against Chattanooga (59-67, 26-31) starter Alberto Bastardo (6-4) with Layne tripling to right-center before a single by Evan Frey pushed him home.

In the sixth, the BayBears broke through for three runs against Cole St. Clair with Konrad Schmidt smacking at three-base hit to score Collin Cowgill and Bryan Byrne before Ryan Wheeler's single brought Schmidt to the dish. Daniel Stange (S, 9) secured the win with a perfect bottom of the seventh.

Chris Rahl helped lift the BayBears in the nightcap as he banged a triple off the wall in center field in the second before coming home on a knock by Sean Coughlin against David Pfeiffer (6-4). Byrne singled Ollie Linton to the plate in the third before Rahl cracked a two-run single to put the BayBears up by four.

Bryan Henry started and tossed three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. Jeff Dietz (3-3) relieved Henry with a pair of zeroes and just one hit given up before Reid Mahon recorded the final six outs. Chattanooga's only tally came off Mahon in the seventh, when Jaime Pedroza grounded into a fielder's choice to score Corey Smith.

BayBear Bits

  • Rahl is batting .313 in his latest stint with Mobile
  • Henry is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 14 starts
  • Schmidt has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, batting .359 with two homers
  • After a rough month of June, Layne has a 2.08 ERA since
  • Stange is 3-0 with nine saves in 17 scoreless appearances since the All-Star break.  He's allowed just five hits in 16.2 innings.

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