Ugly is Good

MOBILE-- It would've been nice to write that starting pitcher Jared Wells mowed down the Mississippi Braves in a performance showcasing a devastating combination of power and command.

Except it didn't exactly happen that way, particularly the command part.

Pitching arguably one of the ugliest five innings of no-hit baseball, Wells still didn't allow any hits or runs, but walked a batter every inning and three with two outs.

And he will take that.

"We won, which is all that matters. I just wasn't too happy with my performance. Its not just what I'm looking for in terms of progress. I didn't make the pitches that I needed too," said Wells after the game.

"I was just missing too many fastballs and didn‘t have command."

What Wells did have was an ability to not only go out and compete, but to work and succeed when he didn't have his best stuff.

"He did a great job of battling. It just goes to show you what type of competitor he is. He came out with five zeros on the board and that is all you can ask," said BayBears manager Gary Jones.

The BayBears continued to hit as they did last night, the difference tonight was they crossed the plate a few times. Mobile was led by third baseman Bret Bonvechio, who ended up being a double short of hitting for the cycle, who homered to left field in the second inning after committing an error in the top half of the inning.

The next batter catcher Matt Lauderdale doubled to right center. Left fielder Drew Macias nearly beat out a sacrifice bunt to move Lauderdale over to third base. Shortstop Luis Cruz then hit a soft liner over a drawn-in infield with two strikes to score Lauderdale.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, right fielder Steve Baker singled to right field which was followed by a successful hit and run by Bonvechio. Baker scored despite Lauderdale hitting into a double play.

Last night, Jones said that Mobile was going to have to improve on getting runners home from third base with less than two outs. Tonight the BayBears were able to capitalize both o opportunities, and to Jones this is what he is looking for.

"With the infielders back they are giving you a run, we need to put the bat on the ball. That is the type of situational hitting we were concerned about last night. Both Cruz and Lauderdale did a nice job of getting the runners in.

"Even though Lauderdale hit into a double play those are the type of things that you have to do to be a successful team," said Jones.

After Wells left the game at the end of five innings BayBears' pitcher Ryan Trytten came in and allowed the only two hits of the evening, but the Braves were still not able to get on the board.

Geoff Jones and Leo Rosales shut down Mississippi in the seventh and eighth innings and Dale Thayer closed out the game for his fifth save of the year with a one, two, three inning.

Jones said he's starting to see the makings of the type of team that Mobile could become and believes the team is much better than its current record..

"We are this close to being a pretty good team. I think these guys are starting to realize it. They come out everyday and work their butts off and if we keep plugging away good things are going to happen."

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