Ijames Leads Baybears

Myworld was in Mobile, Alabama where the Baybears defeated the Tennessee Smokies 3-2. Stewart Ijames hit a pinch hit two run homer to give the Baybears the victory. For Ijames it was his 15th homerun of the year.

Both starters pitched well. The Smokies Ryan Williams allowed just one run in the second inning in his six innings of work. Gabriel Guerrero, the nephew of Vladimir and a recent acquisition from Seattle lined a single to right field. Rudy Flores drove him in with a double past the flopping Dan Vogelbach down the first base line.

John Omahen gave up two runs in the fourth in his seven innings of work. Dan Vogelbach started the rally with a bloop single to left. Billy McKinney singled and Taylor Davis lined a single into right field to tie the score. Stephen Bruno lifted one to shallow right. McKinney tagged to go home. The throw home by Guerrero was too far to the third base side of the plate and crashed into the brick backstop. It would have been interesting seeing a throw on the money.

Silvino Bracho gave up a leadoff single to Wilson Contreras and then retired the last three hitters, the last two on strikeouts to pick up the save. Pinch hitter Anthony Giansiti swung and missed at three straight pitches for the final out.

Game Notes: The Baybears play at Hank Aaron stadium, where his home and museum sit next door. The team was voted minor league team of the year in 1998 and 2011. The mascot is Bay B. Bear. The most expensive ticket is field level which is $17. You can sit in the first three sections of the raised level for $13. Above that is $10, though they have general admission farther along the first and third base lines. The regular scoreboard was not working so they had to use the video board to visualize the innings, runs, hits and errors. This prevented any info on the players, which was a disappointment. They have retired box seats from Wrigley Field, Fulton County Stadium and another stadium along the concessions area…The manager for the Baybears, ex-catcher Robby Hammock warmed up the pitcher if the regular catcher was not ready because he was putting on his equipment…Dan Vogelbach is a big boy. Not a lot of height smacked into that mass. He watched three strikes against the lefthander…This was the second time myworld has seen Elliot Soto play shortstop and we are impressed by his defense. Since he is not a big guy his ability to generate any kind of offense is cause of concern.

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