If Mobile is going to defend its championship successfully, the team will need to win three straight games at the visitors home park. After taking both contests away from their own park, the Birmingham Barons stand one victory away from ending the Mobile BayBears' hopes of a three-peat.
Chris Beck allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters over six innings Thursday as the Barons beat host Mobile, 8-2, for a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Southern League Championship Series.
The No. 5 White Sox prospect gave up an RBI single to Ender Inciarte in the second inning and he yielded a second run in the fifth on Nick Evans' base hit to right field that tied the game, 2-2.
But the Barons took the lead in the sixth on a two-out homer by Chicago's No. 4 prospect Trayce Thompson and added a five-spot in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
On Thursday, Ryan Kussmaul worked around two hits over 1 1/3 innings of relief and Cody Winiarski recorded the final five outs to seal the victory.
Mobile starter David Holmberg, the Diamondbacks No. 5 prospect, yielded five runs (four earned) over seven innings.
The series moves back to Birmingham for Game 3 on Friday. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will both be on the Barons' home field Saturday and Sunday.
---- Source: MLB.com
Barons' slugger Trayce Thompson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
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