BayBears Clip Barons To Force Game 5 In Southern League Championship

Mobile Beats Birmingham Saturday, 3-1, To Tie Series

Sunday, September 15, 2013
Brad Hagens will start for Mobile.
Brad Hagens will start for Mobile.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Thus far the home field advantage has not meant a thing. After dropping the first two games of the best-of-5 series at home, Mobile has won two in a row in Birmingham to keep alive its hopes for a third straight championship. It all comes down to one final game Sunday.

With seemingly all the pressure on them, Raywilly Gomez and the Mobile BayBears have managed to turn the tables.

After staking Mobile to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second inning, Gomez extended it with a solo blast in the fourth. He singled again in the sixth before grounding out in his final at-bat in the ninth.The D-backs catching prospect went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs on Saturday night as the BayBears held on to defeat Birmingham, 3-1, and force a decisive fifth game in the Southern League Championship Series.

The 23-year-old New York native has played a big role in the BayBears' playoff run, batting .375 with a homer and six RBIs in six games.

Bo Schultz recorded his second playoff win, allowing a run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. The Northwestern University product struck out two, walked one and lowered his postseason ERA to 0.66.

The Barons scored 16 runs in building a 2-0 series lead but have been held to one over the last two contests. That sets up a winner-take-all showdown on Sunday in Birmingham.

Dustin Martin capped the BayBears' scoring with a solo homer in the ninth and Jack Barrett recorded the final four outs for his third playoff save.

Micah Johnson was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored for the Barons.

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