From the Birmingham Barons Media Relations:
Birmingham, AL — The magic is officially back at Regions Field after Christian Marrero's three-run walk-off home run gave the Barons a 3-2 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in front of 4,686 fans at Regions Field. It was the second walk-off win in 24 hours against the Blue Wahoos and the Barons' third walk-off victory in the last four games at home.
The two squads traded zeroes over the first eight frames as starters Chris Beck and Robert Stephenson each threw 6.0 scoreless innings. Beck scattered seven hits and two walks over that period while Stephenson allowed four hits and struck out five.
The Barons responded quickly, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning and tying the game at 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Farrell.
The Blue Wahoos nearly scored the game's first run in the seventh as Ray Chang led off against Kevin Vance by taking a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a flyout by Brodie Greene, Juan Silverio reached on an infield base hit to shortstop, but Chang was thrown out at home attempting to score from second by Jamie Pedroza.
Ryan Kussmaul relieved in the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Steve Selsky. Selsky would advance all the way to third base on a sacrifice bunt to thirdbaseman Jeff Keppinger by Devin Lohman after Pedroza and Kussmaul failed tocover third base. Ray Chang would follow with a squeeze bunt to bring home the first run of the game. Back-to-back doubles by Rey Navarro and Brodie Greene plated a second run, giving the Blue Wahoos a 2-0 lead.
Ashas been the recent trend, the Barons mounted a winning rally as Trayce Thompson worked a leadoff walk against Closer Shane Dyer (0-1, 2.57). After a flyout by Rangel Ravelo, Kevan Smith singled to center, bringing Marrero to the plate representing the winning run. Marrero was activated from the disabledlist earlier in the day and had struck out in his first three at-bats. On the 1-1 pitch, he lofted a high fly ball to left field that sailed onto the home run porch and ignited a mob scene at home plate as the Barons celebrated a 3-2 comeback win.
With the win, the Barons improved to 15-21 on the season while Pensacola fell to 16-21. The Barons will look to win their fourth-straight on Monday afternoon when they send RHP Myles Jaye (0-4, 5.25) to the hill against RHP Jon Moscot (2-2, 2.28). First pitch is scheduled for a 11:30 AM CDT.
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