From the Birmingham Barons Media Relations:
Birmingham, AL — The Birmingham Barons withstood a ninth inning rally Thursday night in Pensacola, winning by a score by 4-3 in front of 5,038 fans at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
The Barons took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Kevan Smith scored Rangel Ravelo with an RBI double. However, Pensacola quickly responded, tying the game at 1-1 on a run scoring single by Josh Fellhauer in the bottom half of the inning.
Juan Duran's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth against Chris Beck gave Pensacola their first lead of the game at 2-1. Beck took a no-decision allowing two runs on four hits over 5.0 IP.
A streak of aggressive baserunning in the seventh inning proved crucial as the Barons retook the lead at 3-2. With one out, Keenyn Walker walked and stolesecond. Jamie Pedroza followed with a base hit but Walker was forced to stay at second when the left fielder, Steve Selsky, nearly made the catch in shallow left field. Walker and Pedroza then executed a double steal, putting two runners in scoring position for Dan Wagner. Wagner delivered with a two-runsingle to center field, to give the Barons the lead.
Reliever Ryan Kussmaul (2-0, 4.09) allowed just one hit over 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing the Barons to claw ahead in the late innings.
The Barons tacked on a crucial insurance run in the eighth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Josh Richmond. The RBI was Richmond's team-leading 26th of the season.
The Blue Wahoos nearly completed a wild comeback in the ninth inning against closer Cody Winiarski, loading the bases and getting a sacrifice fly by Chris Berset to cut the lead to 4-3. However, Winiarski was able to preserve the win by retiring Devin Lohman on a ground ball to first base.
Keenyn Walker finished 1-for-1 on the night with three walks and a season-high three steals as the Barons improved to 18-28 on the year while Pensacola fell to 20-27. The Barons will look to win their second in a row tomorrow night as RHP Myles Jaye (0-6, 5.28) to the hill against RHP Jon Moscot (3-3, 2.11). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CDT on Friday.
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