Mobile needed a big game to stay alive in the Southern League Finals. Andrew Chafin came up with the biggest one of his career.
With Mobile needing a win to avoid getting swept, Chafin (1-0) needed only 99 pitches to throw his first career shutout.
He struck out three batters, walked two and faced six over the minimum.The D-Backs' No. 8 prospect pitched a complete-game six-hitter Friday night as the BayBears blanked Birmingham, 6-0, to force Game 4 in the best-of-5 Championship Series.
In 50 career Minor League starts, the 23-year-old left-hander had two complete games, but he'd never pitched a shutout.
After watching Birmingham score 16 runs in winning the first two games, it was up to the Ohio native to keep the BayBears, although Chafin didn't view it as a do-or-die scenario.
Nick Evans staked Chafin to a 1-0 lead with a third-inning triple, then scored on Garrett Weber's sacrifice fly. Mobile added three runs in the fourth on singles by Nick Ahmed and Justin Greene. Ahmed, Arizona's 13th-ranked prospect, added an RBI double in the sixth.
Barons starter Spencer Arroyo (0-1) suffered his second playoff loss after allowing five runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Michael Earley had a pair of hits for Birmingham, which hosts Game 4 on Saturday.
---- Source: MiLB.com