@MBraves Hold Off Smokies Rally for Win

Peraza scores twice and drives in another; Jones steals home

By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Kodak, TN – The Mississippi Braves tacked on insurance in the ninth then staved off a Tennessee Smokies two-out rally for a 4-3 win on Monday night at Smokies Park.

With the Braves (17-14; 56-44) leading 4-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Smokies (15-16; 48-52) got singles from Jonathan Mota and Luis Flores to put two men on and Jae-Hoon Ha hit a three-run homer, his second of the season, to pull it to 4-3.

The next batter Stephen Bruno reached on an error at first base, but reliever Ryan Kelly induced a groundout to third from Addison Russell to end the game.

The ninth was the first sign of life from an otherwise muffled Smokies offense thanks to M-Braves hurler Jason Hursh (8-6).  Hursh allowed just four hits in six shutout innings, striking out two and walking three for the win.

Meanwhile, Jose Peraza put on a show at the plate and on the base paths, finishing the day 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and three steals.

Mississippi struck in the first inning against Smokies right-hander Matt Loosen (4-5).  Peraza led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a Kyle Wren sac bunt.  Cedric Hunter clubbed a ground-rule double for an RBI.

In the fifth, the Braves followed a similar script with Peraza knocking a two-out single, stealing second and coming in on a Wren double for a 2-0 lead.

The game stayed put until the ninth when the Braves tacked on some much-needed insurance.  Gustavo Nunez smacked a one-out double and Mycal Jones singled as a pinch-hitter to put runners on the corners.  Peraza singled to right to make it 3-0 and keep men at first and third.

On a Jeff Lorick pickoff move to first, Jones stole home to make it 4-0.  He was the third M-Brave to steal home in less than a month, with Peraza and Wren accomplishing the feat on June 30 against Huntsville and July 6 against Montgomery respectively.

Loosen allowed two runs on five hits over five innings of work in the loss.

Mississippi got scoreless innings from Ryne Harper and Jorge Reyes before Kelly closed it out.

The Braves will try to make it three straight wins on Tuesday night in the second of five games with the Smokies, with right-hander Greg Ross (3-1, 0.98) slated to start against Smokies right-hander Corey Black (5-6, 2.63).  First pitch is slated for 6:15 PM CT.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:00 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (17-14; 56-44)                              4 R          8 H         2 E
Tennessee Smokies (15-16; 48-52)                           3 R          9 H         0 E

W – Hursh (8-6)
L – Loosen (4-5)

Time – 3:11
Attendance – 4,417

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Roster Move: Thomas activated, transferred to Mississippi

Thomas began the 2014 season with the Atlanta Braves
PEARL, MS – LHP Ian Thomas has been activated off the disabled list in Triple-A Gwinnett and transferred to Double-A Mississippi.

Thomas, 27, began the season with the Atlanta Braves. With the big club, Thomas went 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 16 outings through the end of May. He struck out 13 in 10.2 innings. Thomas was optioned to Gwinnett on May 31 and went 0-1 with one save and a 3.95 ERA in six games for the G-Braves. On June 30, he was placed on the DL with left shoulder tendonitis. Thomas was signed by the Braves as a minor league free agent on May 21, 2012.

The Mississippi roster has 25 active players and 5 disabled.

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Salvage Final Game in Birmingham

Atkins twirls a complete game; Peraza, Wren, Schlehuber lead the offense

Birmingham, AL – The Mississippi Braves jumped on the Birmingham Barons for 13 hits on Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 win over the Birmingham Barons in the five-game series finale at Regions Field.

Mitch Atkins (5-0) threw his first nine-inning complete game since April 2012 with the Washington Nationals organization, holding Birmingham to just five hits and a run while striking out six.  It was the second nine-inning complete game of the season for the Braves, joining Greg Ross’s shutout of Huntsville on June 30.

The Braves (16-14; 55-44) broke through in the first inning off Barons starter Myles Jaye (1-9).  Jose Peraza led off the ballgame with a single, stole second and scored on a Kyle Wren double down the right field line.

In the third Mississippi tacked on three more.  Braeden Schlehuber clubbed a single for the first of three hits on the day.  Peraza drove him home with his second triple of the season to make it 2-0, then Wren followed up with his second double of the game for a 3-0 lead.  Two batters later, Rich Poythress singled to left to score another, giving Mississippi an early 4-0 lead.

Atkins continued to cruise, at one point retiring 11 straight batters and 15 of 16.  The Barons (15-13; 44-54) got their only run when Rangel Ravelo cracked his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to start the seventh inning.

Mississippi got the run right back in the eighth.  David Rohm led off with a triple and Kyle Kubitza singled him home to make it 5-1 Braves.

Jaye took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits over six frames with four strikeouts and two walks.  Brandon Hardin and Cody Winiarski combined to pitch the final three frames in relief for Birmingham, allowing a run on five hits.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Braves, who now continue a ten-game road trip with a five game series with the Tennessee Smokies.  The series opens on Monday night at Smokies Park at 6:15 PM CT, with Jason Hursh (7-6, 3.90) scheduled to get the start.  Tennessee has not announced a starting pitcher.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:00 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (16-14; 55-44)                              5 R          13 H       0 E
Birmingham Barons (15-13; 44-54)                           1 R          5 H         0 E

W – Atkins (5-0)
L – Jaye (1-9)

Time – 2:36
Attendance – 5,142

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

Barons Hold off @MBraves Rally in 9th

Braves charge back with four in ninth, strand tying run at second

By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Birmingham, AL – The Mississippi Braves came two bases shy of a tie, nearly erasing a five-run deficit in the ninth inning on Saturday night at Regions Field en route to a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Birmingham Barons.

Trailing 5-0 entering the final frame, Mississippi (15-14; 54-44) finally broke through against Birmingham starter Chris Beck, nearly rallying all the way back.  Mycal Jones reached on an error by Beck and Rich Poythress singled to right-center.  David Rohm singled to plate Jones and break the shutout, chasing Beck after 8 1/3 innings.

Kevin Vance came on in relief for a save chance and Kyle Kubitza welcomed him to the game with a two-run triple, pulling the deficit to 5-3 with the tying run at the plate.  Daniel Castro doubled over Trayce Thompson’s head in left to pull it to 5-4, and Mississippi pinch ran Jose Peraza at second.

Jared Mitchell made a game-saving, diving catch when Matt Kennelly lined a ball hard to center field, and Barrett Kleinknecht flied to right to end the game.

Beck (5-8) picked up the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and three strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings.  Vance (6) picked up the save with a run on two hits in the final 2/3 innings.

Birmingham (15-12; 44-53) built up an early lead on starter JR Graham (1-4), striking for two in the first inning.  Josh Richmond walked with two outs and Rangel RaveloKevan Smith and Christian Marrero hit three straight singles, the latter two scoring a run each.

Just activated off the disabled list on Saturday afternoon, Graham went just an inning and suffered the loss, striking out one and walking one in a frame.

Ryan Weber came on in long relief, allowing three runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 frames.  John Cornely and Andrew Robinson threw scoreless appearances over the final 2 1/3 innings.

Thompson led off the third with a leadoff double off Weber, stole third and scored on a Ravelo sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Birmingham struck for more two-out runs in the fourth.  Chris Curley and Jeremy Farrell singled, with Farrell tagged out at second on a Dan Wagner fielder’s choice.  Mitchell walked to load the bases and Thompson hit a two-run single for a 5-0 lead.

The loss sent the Braves to their third consecutive series loss, with Birmingham taking three in a row.  The two teams will square off in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM CT.  Right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-0, 4.69) is scheduled to get the start against Barons right-hander Myles Jaye (1-8, 6.63).

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 2:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (15-14; 54-44)                              4 R          8 H         0 E
Birmingham Barons (15-12; 44-53)                           5 R          10 H       1 E

W – Beck (5-8)
L – Graham (1-4)
S – Vance (6)

Time – 2:39
Attendance – 8,500

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Catcher Kennelly Talks Chasen Shreve Call to #Braves

Prior to Saturday’s fourth of five games in Birmingham, Mississippi Braves catcher Matt Kennelly sat down to talk about Chasen Shreve’s call to the big leagues.

Shreve was dominant in the M-Braves pen in 2014 and had been a rags-to-riches story, seeing massive improvements in stuff and numbers from two previous double-A seasons.  He struck out 76 and walked just nine in 2014 over 54 1/3 innings after 2012-13 saw him strike out 44 and walk 38 in 61 innings of work total for Mississippi,

Hear Kennelly’s thoughts on the uptick and the story on his call-up Friday night:

On whether Shreve’s jolt in stuff and numbers was surprising:

On the feeling of a teammate getting called to the show:

On how Aaron Holbert and staff told Shreve and the team he was going to Atlanta:

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Roster Moves: Shreve to Atlanta, Graham activated

 Graham had been on the disabled list since June 30
PEARL, MS – As previously announced, Mississippi Braves LHP Chasen Shreve was called up by the Atlanta Braves, becoming the 15th M-Brave in 10 years to receive a direct call up to Atlanta. In corresponding moves, RHPJ.R. Graham was activated from the disabled list.

Shreve, 24, was leading the Southern League with a 12.59 strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio. He also ranked second in the league in lowest walks per nine innings (1.33) and fewest base runners per nine innings (8.61). The southpaw was 3-2 with seven saves and a 2.48 ERA in 36 outings for the M-Braves. He’d recorded 76 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .213 batting average.

Graham, 24, was placed on the disabled list with right triceps tendonitis June 30. He was 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts for the M-Braves. The California native entered the 2014 season ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Braves system. Graham was also labeled “Best Control” in the Braves farm system. He went 1-3 with a 4.04 ERA in eight starts for the Double-A Braves last season before being sidelined by an injury for the remainder of the season. Graham was selected by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Santa Clara University.

The Mississippi roster has 24 active players and 5 disabled.

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

Chasen Shreve promoted to Atlanta

Shreve promoted to the show directly from Double-A Mississippi

PEARL, MS — Mississippi Braves closer Chasen Shreve has been promoted directly to the Atlanta Braves from Double-A Mississippi. Shreve is the 16th M-Brave to receive a promotion directly to the big leagues from Pearl, and he’s now one of more than 85 former M-Braves to receive a call up to the show.

The southpaw was leading the Southern League with a 12.59 strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio. He also ranked second in the league in lowest walks per nine innings (1.33) and fewest base runners per nine innings (8.61). Shreve was 3-2 with seven saves and a 2.48 ERA in 36 outings for the M-Braves. He’d recorded 76 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched and held opponents to a .213 batting average.

Shreve, 24, was selected by the Braves in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of the College of Southern Nevada. He made his professional debut with R-Danville (2-0, 2.25) in 2010. Shreve spent the entire 2011 season at Low-A Rome (5-6, 3.86) and split the 2012 season between High-A Lynchburg (4-4, 2.15) and Double-A Mississippi (2-1, 3.93). Last season, Shreve appeared in 36 games with the M-Braves (3-1, 4.43) and 14 games with the Hillcats (0-1, 2.75).

With the promotion to Atlanta, Shreve becomes the second M-Braves closer to head to Atlanta this season. Shae Simmons, who began the 2014 season as the Braves Double-A closer, received the same call up on May 31. Shreve and Simmons were a perfect combined 14-for-14 in save opportunities with the M-Braves this season.

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

Early Deficit Dooms @MBraves in Birmingham

Five-run, three-error first puts Braves behind

Birmingham, AL – The Mississippi Braves fell behind to a slew of early runs and never came back in a 7-1 loss to the Birmingham Barons on Friday night at Regions Field.

The Barons (14-12; 43-53) scored five times on six hits and three errors in the first inning, sending all nine men to the plate against Braves starter Williams Perez (3-6).

Jared Mitchell doubled to leadoff and Trayce Thompson singled to put runners at the corners for a Josh Richmond sacrifice fly and a 1-0 Barons lead.  Rangel Ravelo lined out to right for the second out, but five straight Birmingham hitters reached with two away.

Christian Marrero clubbed a single against his former club to put men and first and second and a double steal and throwing error by catcher Matt Kennelly made it 2-0.  Chris Curley walked and Jeremy Farrell and Martin Medina hit back-to-back RBI singles, with a throwing error by Daniel Castro plating another for a 5-0 lead.

Dan Wagner doubled but Medina was thrown out at the plate to end the five-run frame.

Birmingham tacked on two more in the third, all with two outs.  Farrell was hit by a pitch, Medina singled and Wager walked to load the bases for a Mitchell two-run single and a 7-0 Barons lead.

That ended the day for Perez, who allowed seven earned runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.  The Braves’ bullpen slammed the door the rest of the way, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, but the offense was stifled.

Angel Sanchez (1-9) picked up the win for the Barons, going six shutout frames on four hits and five strikeouts.

Mississippi managed their lone run with two outs in the seventh.  Kyle Kubitza stroked a single off reliever Nick McCully and David Rohm doubled to bring him home, cutting the it to 7-1.

Jorge ReyesRyan KellyBrandon Cunniff, and Andrew Robinson combined for scoreless relief on the night.

The Braves will try to bounce back in Saturday’s fourth game of five in Birmingham, with first pitch slated for 6:30 PM CT.  Right-hander Ryan Weber (3-3, 4.28) takes the hill for the Braves against right-hander Chris Beck (4-8, 3.73) for the Barons.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:00 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (15-13; 54-43)                              1 R          7 H         4 E
Birmingham Barons (14-12; 43-53)                           7 R          13 H       0 E

W – Sanchez (1-9)
L – Perez (3-6)

Time – 2:39
Attendance – 6,452

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

9th Inning Rally Falls Short for @MBraves

Braves load the bases in ninth but can’t push across the tying run

Birmingham, AL – Trailing by a run in the final frame, the Mississippi Braves loaded the bases but couldn’t find the tying run as they fell 3-2 to the Birmingham Barons on Thursday night at Regions Field.

The Braves (15-12; 54-42) wouldn’t go down without a fight in the last inning.  Daniel Castro reached on a one-out error at short and David Rohm singled to put two men aboard but was forced out at second on a Gustavo Nunez topper to the pitcher.  Braeden Schlehuber walked to load the bases but Jose Peraza flied out to right field to end the game and stifle the comeback effort.

The Barons (13-12; 42-53) broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth off of Braves reliever Ryne Harper (6-5)loading the bases for a Chris Curley sacrifice fly and the eventual game winner.

Both teams got quality starts from their starting pitchers.  For the M-Braves, Greg Ross fired six innings of two-run baseball, allowing just five hits while striking out six and walking two.  The Barons’ Mike Recchia allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits over 6 1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen.

Mississippi pounced first in the second.  Rich Poythress started the inning with a double, and Castro drove him home with a single for a 1-0 lead.  Later that inning, Gustavo Nunez singled to put men at the corners and a passed ball plated Castro for a 2-0 edge.

Birmingham clawed back, chipping away with a run in the third.  Jeremy Farrell drew a one-out walk and Luis Sierra drove a double down the left field line for an RBI, pulling it to a 2-1 Braves lead.

In the sixth, former M-Brave Christian Marrero and first baseman Rangel Ravelo hit back-to-back doubles for the Barons to tie the game 2-2.

Nestor Molina (4-2) picked up the win in relief, throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings.  Kevin Vance pitched the final scoreless frame for his fifth save in six tries.

With the series tied at a game, the Braves and Barons go for the advantage in the third of five games on Friday night at Regions Field, with first pitch slated for 7:05 PM CT.  Right-hander Williams Perez (3-5, 2.65) toes the rubber for the Braves against right-hander Angel Sanchez (0-9, 7.04).

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (15-12; 54-42)                              2 R          6 H         0 E
Birmingham Barons (13-12; 42-53)                           3 R          7 H         1 E

W – Molina (4-2)
L – Harper (6-5)
S – Vance (5)

Time – 2:44
Attendance – 8,500

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Pound Pen in Win over Barons

Castro homers twice to help Braves end skid

Birmingham, AL – Daniel Castro hit two home runs and the Mississippi Braves came from behind for an 8-4 win over the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday night at Regions Field.

Trailing 4-2 entering the 7th, The Braves (15-11; 54-41) teed off on two Birmingham relievers.  Braulio Ortiz (0-1) started the inning, allowing a leadoff walk to Mycal Jones, who moved to second on a groundout and scored on a Jose Peraza single to pull to 4-3.

Peraza swiped second and moved to third on a passed ball, and Kyle Wren walked to put men at the corners.  Wren stole second and David Rohm drove in both with a single for a 5-4 lead.

That ended Ortiz’s day, but the Braves kept swinging the bats against Jarrett Casey.  Rich Poythress got a single and Rohm moved to third for a Kyle Kubitza sac fly and a 6-4 lead.  Then Castro clubbed his second home run of the day and third of the year to grow the lead to 8-4.

Jason Hursh (7-6) earned the win, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings.  He struck out four and walked two in the winning effort.  John Cornely picked up his second save, throwing the final 2 2/3 innings scoreless with just a hit and two strikeouts.

Birmingham (12-12; 41-53) built up an early lead in the first few innings.  Back-to-back singles in the first put Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson aboard, and Dan Black grounded out to first unassisted for an RBI and an early lead.

Castro tied the game 1-1 with a solo shot off starter Scott Snodgress in the top of the second, his second of the year for Mississippi.

Birmingham broke the tie with three runs in the third.  Mitchell walked with one away and Black was hit by a pitch with two outs.  Rangel Ravelo and Kevan Smith hit back-to-back RBI singles and Chris Curley grounded into an error at short, scoring another run to make it 4-1 Birmingham.

Mississippi cut the deficit with a run in the fourth.  Poythress drew a leadoff walk and Kyle Kubitza followed with another.  Barrett Kleinknecht ripped a single to load the bases and Mycal Jones drove in Poythress with another single for a 4-2 deficit.

Snodgress allowed two earned runs on six hits over six innings, striking out five and walking four in the no-decision.  Ortiz suffered the loss, allowing four runs on two hits and two walks over 1/3 of an inning.

The Braves and Barons square off in the second of a five-game set on Thursday night at 7:05 PM CT at Regions Field.  Right-hander Greg Ross (3-1, 0.98) takes the hill for the Braves against Barons right-hander Mike Recchia (5-2, 3.02).

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (15-11; 54-41)                              8 R          11 H       1 E
Birmingham Barons (12-12; 41-53)                           4 R          10 H       0 E

W – Hursh (7-6)
L – Ortiz (0-1)
S – Cornely (2)

Time – 2:48
Attendance – 5,292

Kyle Tait is in his fourth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter @MBravesRadio and hear more at http://www.HearKyleTait.com

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