The Pensacola Blue Wahoos snapped their three-game losing streak to Mobile with a 4-3 extra innings win on Sunday afternoon at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Jaylin Davis drove in the winning run in the 10th, pulling a ground ball single through the left side to score Joe Cronin from third with the winning run.
Brusdar Graterol, the top pitching prospect in the Minnesota Twins system, started on the mound for Pensacola, entering today’s game with a 3-0 record and 0.59 ERA in the month of May. The righty showed off his impressive fastball early, hitting 102 miles per hour on the radar gun with his first pitch of the game, but struggled with his control early. After walking the first two batters of the game and allowing a single to the third, he worked out of a bases loaded jam, allowing just a single run on a sacrifice fly by Brendon Sanger.
After the first inning run, Graterol settled in, finishing the outing with a line of 5.0 innings pitched, six hits and two runs allow, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Top prospect Alex Kirilloff single-handedly pushed a run across for Pensacola in the second. He led off the inning with a double to left then stole third and came home to score when the catcher’s throw sailed into the outfield.
After Mobile strung a pair of doubles together for a run in the third, Travis Blankenhorn drilled a two-run shot to right to give the Blue Wahoos a 3-2 lead. The home run was Blankenhorn’s sixth since joining the Blue Wahoos on April 26th, tied for most in the Southern League.
Alex Phillips entered in relief of Graterol in the sixth and threw a scoreless inning, eventually. After Phillips allowed a one-out double followed by a walk, Wahoos manager Ramon Borrego came to the mound to make a pitching change. However, before he signaled for a change, he was ejected by the home plate umpire after a short conversation. Hitting Coach Steve Singleton then came to the mound after Borrego had exited the field and attempted to make the pitching change. However, he was rebuffed by the umpiring crew, as a mound visit had already been charged to Borrego and consecutive visits without a pitch being thrown are not allowed.
Forced to stay in the game for another pitch, Phillips promptly induced a double play ball to end the inning on his next offering home.
Tom Hackimer entered in the seventh and tossed a 1-2-3 inning.
Ryan Mason followed in the eighth and allowed the tying run to score on a single by Brandon Marsh, stolen base, and double by Jhoan Urena. After allowing the run, Mason proceeded to finish the eighth and throw a scoreless ninth and tenth inning.
In the bottom of the tenth, Mark Contreras dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move pace-of-play Joe Cronin to third, and Jaylin Davis followed with a game-winning RBI single through the left side.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Wahoos, tied for their longest such streak of the season. With the win, Pensacola improves to 27-17 on the season while Mobile falls to 18-25. The two teams will finish their five-game set tomorrow evening at 6:35 PM at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
***This report was provided by Daniel Venn, Public Relations Manager for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos