Blue Wahoos optimistic about second half

Pat Kelly sat back in his office chair June 21 and reflected on another tough day at the ballpark for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The first-year manager watched his team get clobbered 11-4 by the Mobile BayBears at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium as a miserable first-half of the Southern League season came to a close.

Mobile belted out five home runs, including two by Gabriel Guerrero, as the Blue Wahoos ended the half with a 25-43 record.

The first-half win total is the worst in the franchise’s four-year history and the record is the worst in all of Double-A baseball for a first half of the season.

“We couldn’t keep it in the park,” Kelly said. “And this is a park that isn’t conducive to home runs.”

If there is anything Kelly can take comfort in it is that the second half is essentially a new season. The records reset and hope is alive and well again.

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