Braves Hold Off Second Suns Rally for Extra-Inning Win

Suns tie it with a three-run ninth; M-Braves pull away again in 10th
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Jacksonville, FL – The Mississippi Braves pulled away to three run leads twice in the late innings, holding on in the tenth for an 8-7 series-opening, wild win over the Jacksonville Suns Thursday night at Bragan Field.

With the M-Braves (22-18) leading 5-2 in the Suns’ ninth, bases loaded and two outs, Mallex Smith had the final out in his glove, but he dropped the ball on the warning track and all three Suns (15-25) scored to force extras tied at 5-5.

In the tenth, Emerson Landoni singled on a flare down the right field line, plating Rio Ruiz for the Braves’ go-ahead run.  Eric Garcia doubled home two more for an 8-5 lead.

The Suns battled right back with an Austin Nola two-run double to pull it to 8-7 in the bottom of the 10th, but Ryan Weber got David Adams to ground out to third and end the game.

Jason Hursh took a no-decision, allowing two runs on ten hits over 6 1/3 innings of work, nabbing his second quality start, but Kendry Flores matched him with two runs, one earned, on four hits over seven innings.

With the game tied 2-2, Mississippi scored the first go-ahead run in the eighth when KD Kang dropped a bloop two-out single to score Smith.  They plated two more in the ninth on a Corban Joseph single, but a 5-2 lead wasn’t enough.

Francisco Rondon (2-0) blew his first save in the ninth with three unearned runs, but picked up the win.  Weber (S, 1) earned his first double-A save, and his first professional save since pitching for the advanced class-A Lynchburg Hillcats in 2012.  Reliever Sean Donatello (0-2) took the loss with five runs, three earned, on five hits over two frames.

Jacksonville started the scoring in the bottom of the first.  Carlos Lopez doubled and Kenny Wilson reached on an error by Kevin Ahrens for men at the corners.  A double-play to short brought the run in for a 1-0 lead.

Mississippi tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third.  Smith walked with two out, an errant pickoff throw moved him to second, and Corban Joseph drove him home with an RBI single.

The Suns pulled ahead again in the bottom of the third.  Lopez again led off with a double, and Nola drove him in with a knock for a 2-1 lead.

The Braves came right back to tie it 2-2 in the fifth when Matt Kennelly doubled and Smith had an RBI infield hit, one of three hits on the day.

Jacksonville threatened with the bases loaded in each of the final three frames, but Juan Jaime and Bryton Trepagnier got out of the seventh and eighth unscathed before the ninth inning error let the Suns break through.

The Braves continue the series in Jacksonville with the second of five games on Friday night at 6:05 PM CT, with right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (2-2, 3.00) taking the hill against Suns right-hander Jake Esch (3-2, 2.55).

Listen live beginning at 6:00 PM CT on the flagship home of the Mississippi Braves, 103.9 WYAB, and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (22-18)                           8 R          11 H       2 E
Jacksonville Suns (15-25)                            7 R          17 H       2 E

W – Rondon (2-0)
L – Donatello (0-2)
S – Weber (1)
Time: 2:50
Attendance: 4,712

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Fry Wahoos With Four-Run Ninth

Joseph drives in tying and go-ahead runs with single in ninth
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Pensacola, FL – Corban Joseph erased a late deficit with a two-run single in the ninth inning, and the Mississippi Braves came from behind to beat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5-2 to take the finale and the series on Wednesday night at Bayfront Stadium.

With the Braves (21-18) trailing 2-1 entering the ninth, Matt Kennelly got an infield hit and Eric Garcia walked, moving to second and third on a wild pitch.  Joseph, who entered the game in the eighth as part of a double switch, singled over second on a 1-2 pitch to give the M-Braves the lead.

Three batters later, Mallex Smith—also a late addition as a pinch runner in the eighth—singled for two more runs to make it 5-2.

Ryan Kelly (1-1) picked up the win, throwing a scoreless two innings to close it out.  Zack Weiss (0-2) blew a save and took the loss, his second of the series, allowing four runs on four hits over 2/3 innings.

Victor Mateo had another strong outing, allowing just a run on five hits over six frames and striking out a season-high six.  Wandy Peralta also took a no-decision for the Wahoos (17-23), allowing a run on two hits and six walks over six innings.

Mississippi struck first with a run in the second.  With two outs, Peralta walked Rio Ruiz and Kennelly, and Garcia singled to make it 1-0.

The Wahoos came back with a two-out RBI single from Ryan Wright in the third, tying the game 1-1.

It stayed tied until the 7th, when Beau Amaral went yard off reliever Andrew Robinson, his second home run of the year.  The solo shot bounced off the top of the right field wall to make it 2-1 Wahoos.

With the win, the M-Braves take the series 3-2, and they move to 2.5 games back in the South division race with 31 games left to play in the first half.  The first place Biloxi Shuckers had an off day on Wednesday.

Now the Braves continue their 10-game road trip with a five-game series at the Jacksonville Suns beginning Thursday night at 6:05 PM CT.  Right-hander Jason Hursh (1-3, 7.02) takes the hill for the Braves in the opener against Suns right-hander Kendry Flores (2-3, 2.06).

Listen live beginning at 6:00 PM CT on the flagship home of the Mississippi Braves, 103.9 WYAB, and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (21-18)                           5 R          7 H         0 E
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (17-23)                   2 R          7 H         0 E

W – Kelly (1-1)
L – Weiss (0-2)
Time: 2:51
Attendance: 3,207

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

Wahoos Take Second Straight from @MBraves

Pensacola surges to the lead with a four-run fifth
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Pensacola, FL – The Pensacola Blue Wahoos rode on the wings of a four-run fifth on Tuesday night to take the lead and take down the Mississippi Braves 7-4 at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

It was the second straight loss for the Braves (20-18), who lost ground in the South Division first half race.  Biloxi beat Jacksonville 7-6 in Huntsville, AL Tuesday night to grow their lead to three games over the M-Braves.

Mississippi broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth on KD Kang and Chris O’Dowd RBI singles to make it 3-1, but the Wahoos (17-22) came right back in the bottom half of the inning.

With two out, Ryan Wright singled, Kyle Waldrop doubled him home to cut the lead to one, and Marquez Smith singled Waldrop home to tie the game 3-3.  After Greg Ross walked Kyle Skipworth, Seth Mejias-Brean doubled in two runs for a 5-3 lead that they would never relinquish.

Greg Ross (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings—four of those hits coming in the decisive fifth frame.  Daniel Wright (2-4) picked up the win for Pensacola, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.

The Braves threatened a comeback, pulling the deficit to 5-4 in the seventh.  Kang doubled and back-to-back groundouts from Seth Loman and O’Dowd moved him to third and brought him home, respectively.

Pensacola pulled away again with two runs in the eighth off reliever Tyler Jones.  First base replacement Ray Chang ripped a two-run single in his only at-bat to make it 7-4 for Pensacola.

Kevin Shackelford (S, 1) pitched two scoreless innings to close it out for his first save of the year.

Mallex Smith saw his hit streak end at 14 games with a 0-for-5 showing.  The streak is tied with Edward Salcedo (2013) and JC Boscan (2008-09) for 10th longest on the M-Braves’ all-time list.

Mississippi and Pensacola swapped runs in the early innings.  The Blue Wahoos scored in the first off a Smith RBI double.  The Braves came back in the top of the second when Eric Garcia singled home Loman.  Garcia and Kang each finished with two hits.

The M-Braves go for the series win in the rubber match with the Blue Wahoos on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM CT, with right-hander Victor Mateo (1-2, 3.10) slated to take the hill against Pensacola southpaw Wandy Peralta (2-3, 4.04).

Listen live beginning at 6:05 PM CT on the flagship home of the Mississippi Braves, 103.9 WYAB, and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (20-18)                           4 R          12 H       2 E
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (17-22)                  7 R          11 H       0 E

W – Wright (2-4)
L – Ross (2-3)
S – Shackelford (1)
Time: 2:44
Attendance: 3,090

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Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

Ahrens Blast Not Enough, M-Braves Fall in Pensacola

First baseman blasted a three-run homer for the early lead
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Pensacola, FL – Kevin Ahrens launched his first home run of the year to give the Mississippi Braves an early lead, but that’s all the offense they would muster in a 4-3 loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Monday night at Bayfront Stadium.

It was the third one-run game in as many contests in the series.  The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the M-Braves (20-17).

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Mallex Smith singled on the infield, extending his hit streak to 14 games, tied for 10th all-time on the Braves’ franchise list.  Corban Joseph singled, and Kevin Ahrens blasted a Robert Stephenson fastball over the left field fence for a 3-1 lead.

The Wahoos (16-22) came surging back, scoring twice in the bottom of the third inning against reliever Mark Lamm, who committed two errors in the frame for two runs, one earned, tying the game 3-3.  With Ryan Wright standing at second, Kyle Skipworth clubbed an infield hit to first.  Lamm short-armed the throw and Wright came around third to score on the error.

Lamm threw a pickoff to first that got away, sending Skipworth to second, setting up a Seth Mejias-Brean RBI single to tie the game.

In the sixth, Juan Silva drove home the go-ahead run with a two-out double just fair inside the third base bag, plating Mejias-Brean from second for a 4-3 lead.

Jorge Reyes (4-2) suffered the loss in relief, allowing a run on three hits.  Starter Jake Brigham left the game in the first after taking a comebacker off the leg from Marquez Smith, an infield hit that scored the first Blue Wahoos run.

Robert Stephenson (2-4) nabbed the win, allowing three runs on six hits over six frames, striking out six and walking two.  Kyle McMyne (S, 2) picked up the save, allowing two hits in a scoreless ninth.

The Braves try to get back to winning baseball and take the series in Tuesday’s fourth of five games in Pensacola, with right-hander Greg Ross (2-2, 4.83) slated to toe the rubber against Pensacola right-hander Daniel Wright (1-4, 6.21).

Listen live beginning at 6:05 PM CT on the flagship home of the Mississippi Braves, 103.9 WYAB, and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (20-17)                           3 R          9 H         2 E
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (16-22)                  4 R          9 H         0 E

W – Stephenson (2-4)
L – Reyes (4-2)
S – McMyne (2)
Time: 2:33
Attendance: 3,604

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Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves Win in Extras Following Jenkins Gem

Jenkins fires seven shutout on three hits; Mallex Smith knocks in go-ahead in 10th
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Pensacola, FL – The Mississippi Braves bounced back after blowing a 9th inning lead, winning 3-2 in 10 innings over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Sunday afternoon at Bayfront Stadium.

Mallex Smith drove in the go-ahead run off reliever Zack Weiss (0-1) with a lined single through the right side, plating Eric Garcia, who led off the 10th with a walk.

The blown save in the ninth sent starter Tyrell Jenkins home with a no-decision, but he fired seven shutout frames on just three hits.  Andrew Robinson (3-1) picked up his third win in relief after blowing his first save in the ninth.

With the Braves (20-16) leading 2-0 in the ninth, the Blue Wahoos (15-22) started the rally with a one-out double on the first pitch to Kyle Skipworth.  Ray Chang walked, and Juan Silva drove in Skipworth on a single to cut the lead to 2-1.

Pinch-hitter Marquez Smith forced extras, flying out to center to bring home pinch runner Beau Amaral and tie it 2-2.

The Braves started the scoring in the fifth, with Rio Ruiz driving in Chris O’Dowd with a double.  The double snapped an 0-for-25 spell for the 20-year-old third baseman, and it staked the Braves to a 1-0 lead.

Mississippi tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Seth Loman knocked an RBI double to plate David Rohm for a 2-0 lead.

Tyler Jones nabbed the save, striking out the Wahoos side in the bottom of the 10th for his second door slam of the season.

It was the sixth win in seven tries and third in a row for Mississippi,

The Braves go for the series win in the third of five games Monday night at 6:35 PM CT, with right-hander Jake Brigham (3-2, 4.68) slated to start against Wahoos hurler Robert Stephenson (1-4, 5.65).

Listen live beginning at 6:05 PM CT on the flagship home of the Mississippi Braves, 103.9 WYAB, and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (20-16)                           3 R          10 H       1 E
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (15-22)                   2 R          5 H         0 E

W – Robinson (3-1)
L – Weiss (0-1)
S – Jones (2)
Time: 2:47
Attendance: 5,038

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

First Look at Tonight’s @MBraves Star Wars Jerseys

For the first time ever, the Mississippi Braves will don special edition Star Wars jerseys on Saturday night against the Montgomery Biscuits as part of Total Sci-Fi Night.  Here’s your first look:

Saturday night's Star Wars Jerseys

Saturday night’s Star Wars Jerseys

The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout Saturday night’s game, with fans taking the jerseys home immediately following the game.

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

Skipper Holbert Talks @MBraves Losing Streak, Recent Lack of Swipes

Prior to Friday night’s game, Mississippi Braves manager Aaron Holbert talked about the recent (now 7-game) slide and the lack of stolen bases.

On the skid:

On recent lack of steals:

NOTE: The M-Braves stole 14 bases in their first 9 games.  In the 11 games since, they’ve stolen just three.

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

AUDIO: Loman On @MBraves Skid, Big League Father & the Importance of Signing Autographs

Seth Loman launched a three-run homer on Thursday night but the Braves fell 10-6 to continue the losing skid.  Kyle Tait caught up with Loman to talk about the slide and more:

On what’s been going wrong during the skid:

On frustrations of good contact early in the year but not finding holes:

On Major League father, Doug Loman (1984-85 with Milwaukee):

On signing autographs for 300+ kids after kids day:

On asking for autographs as a kid:

Editor’s note: We found out after the interview, Loman’s “White Whale” is John Tamargo, currently coaching in the Mariners’ system.

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Loman Launches a Three-Run Shot for @MBraves

Seth Loman blasted a three-run homer on Thursday night, his second of the year, to give the M-Braves a 3-0 lead over Montgomery.  Check out the highlight, with Kyle Tait on the call:

The Biscuits battled back for a 10-6 win to open the series, sending the Braves to their sixth straight loss.

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

@MBraves drop sixth-straight, lose 10-6 to Biscuits

M-Braves took an early lead but Montgomery rebounded to claim the win
By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves
PEARL, MS — The Montgomery Biscuits defeated the Mississippi Braves 10-6 at Trustmark Park Thursday evening. The loss was the M-Braves sixth consecutive losing decision. The series continues with game two Friday at 7:00 PM.

Mississippi (9-10) scored six runs on 11 hits but committed three errors. Montgomery (10-11) plated 10 runs on 14 hits and one error. For the Biscuits, Daniel Robertson led the way with a 4-for-5 night at the plate.

Seth Loman blasted a three-run home run into the visiting bullpen to put the M-Braves out front 3-0 in the first inning. Daniel Castro and Kevin Ahrens had reached on base hits before Loman’s two-out drive to right.

Montgomery took a 5-3 lead in the third. Johnny Field, Jr. walked, Daniel Robertson singled and Richie Shaffer singled to load the bases with no outs. Patrick Leonard then delivered a two-run double to right field. Tyler Goeddel followed with a triple to make it 4-3 before Thomas Coyle drove home the final run of the inning.

The M-Braves responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Matt Lipka walked and Castro reached on an error. Lipka then swiped third, and Ahrens delivered a base hit to center. David Rohm later drove home Castro with a liner to center.

Tommy Coyle walked and took second on an errant pickoff attempt to start the Biscuits’ fifth. Field tripled to center, plating Coyle. A wild pitch then allowed Field to score and put the Biscuits out front 7-5.

The Biscuits added two more in the sixth. Cameron Seitzer and Justin O’Conner singled to start the inning. Coyle reached on a bunt force out. Field then followed with a two-run single to center, making it a 9-5 game.

The Braves made it a 9-6 game in the seventh. Steve Rodriguez and Lipka both singled. Rodriguez took third on a double play and then scored on a Rio Ruiz base hit to left.

Robertson doubled to drive home Field in the eighth, extending the Biscuits lead to 10-6.

Jaime Schultz (3-0) tossed five innings for the Biscuits and picked up the win. He gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits, a homer, two walks and three strikeouts.

Jason Hursh worked just 2.2 inning, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four batters but did not factor in the decision. Bryton Trepagnier (1-1) took the loss, giving up two earned runs on two hits and four walks in 1.2 innings pitched.

Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.33) toes the rubber for the M-Braves in game two of this five-game series. He’ll counter Biscuits lefty Blake Snell (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

Montgomery Biscuits (10-11): 10 R      14 H    1 E
Mississippi Braves (9-10):        6 R      11 H    3 E

W: Jaime Schultz (3-0)
L: Bryton Trepagnier (1-1)
Time: 3:35
Attendance: 3,007

Kyle Tait is in his fifth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio and hear more at HearKyleTait.com

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