@MBraves Radio Highlights: Braves Pick up 10th Straight over Blue Wahoos

The Mississippi Braves have dominated the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season, winning 10 consecutive games over the club dating back to late April.  Hear the highlights from Tuesday night’s 4-3 win, with Kyle Tait on the call:

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 take 10th straight from Pensacola

 

Braves score three in the fifth to claim victory

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

 

PEARL, MS — The Mississippi Braves used a three-run fifth to defeat the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4-3 at Trustmark Park Tuesday night. The win marks the Braves 10th straight victory against Pensacola and fourth of the series.Wednesday’s series finale is set for 7:00 PM.

Jose Peraza led the Braves (22-17, 61-47) offensively with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Mississippi score four runs on six hits while Pensacola (14-25, 45-64) plated three runs on nine hits. Peraza scored two runs and stole a base. Braeden Schlehuber added two hits and two RBI.

Pensacola took a 1-0 lead in the first. Yorman Rodriguez and Travis Mattair both singled to get things started. Kyle Wadrop followed with a base hit to center, driving home Rodriguez for the game’s first run.

The M-Braves responded in the bottom of the first, tying the game at 1-1. Peraza tripled and Kyle Kubitza walked. Peraza then came in to score on a passed ball.

Ryan Wright led off the top of the third with a double to center field. He came in to score on Mattair’s double up the middle, extending the Blue Wahoos’ lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Peraza singled and stole second. Kyle Wren drew a walk and both runners later advanced on a wild pitch. Cedric Hunter drew another walk to load the bases before another wild pitch allowed Peraza to score the tying run. David Rohm walked to reload the bases with two outs. Schlehuber then delivered a two-run single to put the Braves out front 4-2.

Mattair reached on a force out to start the Pensacola sixth. He came around to score on Waldrop’s double to center field, cutting the Braves lead to 4-3.

Ryan Weber (4-4) limited the Blue Wahoos to three earned runs on eight hits while fanning four in six innings of work to pick up the win. Brandon Cunniff (H, 7) worked two scoreless innings in relief. Ryan Kelly (S, 2) came on in the ninth to nail down the save.

Robert Stephenson (5-7) gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits and seven walks. He struck out six batters in 4.2 innings pitched.

In Wednesday’s series finale, the M-Braves send right-hander Mitch Atkins (5-0, 4.65) to the hill. The Blue Wahoos counter with righty Michael Lorenzen (4-5, 2.70). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-25, 45-64):         3 R       9 H    1 E
Mississippi Braves (22-17, 61-47):                  4 R       6 H    0 E 

W: Ryan Weber (4-4)
L: Robert Stephenson (5-7)
S: Ryan Kelly (2) 

Time: 2:52
Attendance: 2,371

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 win ninth straight over Pensacola

Braves defeat Blue Wahoos 6-2 for the third-straight night

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — The Mississippi Braves scored five first-inning runs en route to a 6-2 victory for the third-consecutive night against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. With the win, the Braves have now won nine straight games against Pensacola, dating back to April 28. Mississippi tries to make it 10-straight Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Mississippi (21-17, 60-47) scored six runs on 11 hits while Pensacola (14-24, 45-63) plated two runs on nine hits. Kyle Kubtiza drove in three runs via the long ball. Mycal Jones, Daniel Castro, Braeden Schlehuber and Gustavo Nunez all collected two-hit nights at the plate.

The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first. Jones and Kyle Wren drew back-to-back walks before Kubitza blasted a three-run homer into the Farm Bureau Grill. It was Kubitza’s fifth long ball of the season. Castro then doubled with two outs and scored on a Schlehuber singled up the middle.  Gustavo Nunez followed with a base hit to put runners at the corners for a Williams Perez RBI-single to center.

Juan Duran led off the fifth with a triple to center field. He scored on a Brodie Greene single to right, cutting the Braves lead to 5-1. Jon Moscot then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Green to second. Yorman Rodriguez followed with a RBI-single to center, making it a 5-2 game.

Mississippi added another run in eighth. Schlehuber singled to left with one out. He then stole second and came in to score on Rich Poythress’ pinch-hit double down the right field line, extending the M-Braves lead to 6-2.

Williams Perez (4-6) worked six innings for the M-Braves and picked up the win. He gave up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning three batters. Ryne Harper (H, 8) worked two scoreless frames and John Cornely recorded the final three outs.

Jon Moscot (5-10) also went six frames for the Blue Wahoos. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits, a homer and two walks. Moscot struck out four.

In game four of this five-game series, M-Braves right-hander Ryan Weber (3-4, 4.54) counters Blue Wahoos righty Robert Stephenson (5-6, 4.12). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-24, 45-63):         2 R         9 H    1 E
Mississippi Braves (21-17, 60-47):                  6 R       11 H    0 E

W: Williams Perez (4-6)
L: Jon Moscot (5-10)
Time: 2:27
Attendance: 2,054

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

Solid pitching leads @MBraves to 6-2 victory

Graham, Ross carry perfect game into the sixth

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — Mississippi Braves pitchers J.R. Graham and Greg Ross carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before allowing a base hit Sunday evening at Trustmark Park. The Braves allowed just four hits en route to a 6-2 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Mississippi (20-17, 59-47) scored six run on eight hits while Pensacola (14-23, 45-62) managed two runs via the long ball. Rich Poythress, Daniel Castro and Mycal Jones each drove in two runs apiece for the Braves. Cedric Hunter and Castro collected multi-hit games with two hits at the plate.

As planned, Graham started and worked two hitless frames for the Braves before giving way to Ross. Ross (4-1) tossed five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a homer. He struck out three and picked up the win.

The M-Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Kyle Kubitza and Hunter drew back-to-back walks to lead off the frame. A double steal allowed both runners to advance before Castro’s two-run triple to center field. Jones then ripped a RBI-double to right.

Braves pitching carried a perfect game into the sixth, retiring 16 consecutive batters before Brodie Greene singled with one out. Ryan Wright then blasted a two-run home run into the Braves bullpen, making it a 3-2 game.

The M-Braves added three more in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 6-2 contest. Kyle Wren and Hunter both reached on singles. After a double steal, Poythress delivered a two-run double to center field. He moved to third on a sacrifice fly and then scored on Jones’ sacrifice fly.

Ian Thomas worked a hitless eighth and Ryan Kelly retired his three batters in the ninth to finish the game. Daniel Corcino (9-9) gave up three earned runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out three batters in 3.1 innings.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-23, 45-62):         2 R       4 H    0 E
Mississippi Braves (20-17, 59-47):                  6 R       8 H    0  

W: Greg Ross (4-1)
L: Daniel Corcino (9-9) 

Time: 2:35
Attendance: 2,364

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 take series opener, defeat Blue Wahoos

Hursh, Reyes hold Pensacola to just three hits

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — Jason Hursh and Jorge Reyes combined to limit the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to just three hits en route to a 6-2 victory Saturday evening at Trustmark Park. The series continues Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Hursh (9-6) started and worked six frames for the M-Braves (19-17, 58-47). He held the Blue Wahoos to one earned run on two hits and two walks while fanning four. Reyes (S, 1) worked the final three frames to pick up his first save. He gave up one earned run on one hit.

Mississippi scored six runs on nine hits. Pensacola (14-22, 45-61) plated two runs on three hits. Jose Peraza led the Braves offensively with a three-hit night at the plate. He scored three runs and drove in one. Rich Poythress added two hits as well.

The M-Braves jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first. Jose Peraza singled, Kyle Kubitza walked and Rich Poythress singled to load the bases with one out. David Rohm grounded out to short, scoring Peraza from third. Daniel Castro then delivered a RBI-single to deep short.

Devin Lohman walked and Ben Lively singled to start the Blue Wahoos’ third. Yorman Rodriguez then drew a walk to load the bases before a wild pitch allowed Lohman to score, cutting the M-Braves lead to 2-1.

The M-Braves made it a 3-1 game in the fifth. Peraza doubled and came in to score when Mycal Jones reached on an error by the third baseman.

Kyle Waldrop blasted a solo homer to right in the seventh, cutting the Braves lead to 3-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gustavo Nunez singled and took second on an errant throw by the pitcher. Kyle Wren reached on another error by the pitcher to put runners at the corners with no outs. Nunez then came in to score on a wild pitch, extending the Braves lead to 4-2. Peraza delivered a RBI-single to left and then stole second base and took third on a sacrifice bunt. Kubitza’s single to center drove home Peraza, making it a 6-2 game.

Ben Lively (0-5) tossed six innings, giving up three runs and two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out five batters and took the loss.

In game two of this five-game series, M-Braves right-hander J.R. Graham (1-5, 5.61) takes the hill against Blue Wahoos righty Daniel Corcino (9-8, 4.33). First pitch is slated for 5:00 PM. Gates open at 4:00 PM.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (14-22, 45-61):         2 R       3 H    3 E
Mississippi Braves (19-17, 58-47):                  6 R       9 H    0 E

W: Jason Hursh (9-6)
L: Ben Lively (0-5)
S: Jorge Reyes (1) 

Time: 2:29
Attendance: 3,449

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

Comeback Kids: @MBraves Sink Smokies for Finale Win

Braves overcome 6-run deficit in early going to take final game of the series

By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Kodak, TN – Trailing 6-0 through two innings, the Mississippi Braves came clawing back for a 9-8 win over the Tennessee Smokies in Friday night’s series finale at Smokies Park.

Mississippi (18-17; 57-47) jumped for five runs in the eighth off the Smokies’ bullpen to seal the comeback.  Entering the frame with an 8-4 deficit, Barrett Kleinknecht singled and moved to second on an error in centerfield.  Braeden Schlehuber doubled down the right field line for an RBI and pulling it to 8-5.

After Gustavo Nunez walked, pinch-hitter Kyle Kubitza tripled down the first base line, his ninth of the season, driving in two to make it 8-7 Smokies (18-17; 51-53).  Jose Peraza came up against Andrew McKirahan and chopped one to second, misplayed by new second baseman Stephen Bruno for an error and the tying run.

Peraza moved to second on a Kyle Wren bunt, stole third and scored the go-ahead run when catcher Luis Flores threw it down the left field line for a 9-8 Braves lead.  It was Peraza’s eighth steal in five days in Tennessee.

The Smokies built up an early lead on starter Mitch AtkinsPin-Chieh Chen and Albert Almora led off the bottom of the first with singles and Addison Russell launched a three-run home run to start the scoring.  Two batters later Christian Villanueva hit his first of two doubles and three hits in the game, and Flores drove him home with a single.  Jonathan Mota doubled in Flores to cap a five-run frame.

Russell homered again in the second, a solo shot to extend it to a 6-0 lead.  It was his second multi-home run game in six days for the Smokies, taking his season total to five since being acquired in early July from the Athletics organization.

Atkins settled in and didn’t allow a run over the rest of his outing.  He finished the day with five innings, six runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking one.

The Braves started the comeback in the fourth with a three-run frame.  Rich Poythress singled and Cedric Hunter doubled to put two men in scoring position.  David Rohm hit a sacrifice lineout to center and Poythress tagged and scored to make it 6-1.  A Kleinknecht single put men at the corners, and Schlehuber drove in his first of two runs on the night with a groundout.  Gustavo Nunez doubled in Kleinknecht and the Braves had cut the lead to 6-3.

In the fifth, Hunter blasted his second home run in three days and his 11th of the year.  The solo shot made it 6-4.

Tennessee pulled away again with another run in the sixth and the seventh innings.  Flores homered to left to lead off the sixth to make it 7-4, and Lars Anderson, Villanueva and Flores singled in the 7th, with the lattermost bringing in the 8th run.

Andrew Robinson (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on five hits over two innings.  Ryan Kelly pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth for his first save of the year.  Andrew McKirahan (0-1) blew his first save and suffered his first loss, allowing one unearned run in the eighth, with four runs, three earned charged to Cates.

The win wrapped up a ten-game road trip for the Braves on which they went 4-6, and now Mississippi returns home for a ten-game homestand featuring the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Mobile BayBears for five each.

Right-hander Jason Hursh (8-6, 3.70) gets the nod in Saturday’s homestand opener against Pensacola right-hander Ben Lively (0-4, 3.82), with first pitch set for 6:00 PM CT at Trustmark Park.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 5:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online at MississippiBraves.com.

Mississippi Braves (18-17; 57-47)                              9 R          12 H       0 E
Tennessee Smokies (18-17; 51-53)                           8 R          13 H       3 E

W – Robinson (2-0)
L – McKirahan (0-1)
S – Kelly (1)

Time – 3:03
Attendance – 6,913

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 Stumble, Drop Series to Smokies

Tennessee defense shines in late frames to muffle Braves rally

By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Kodak, TN – The Tennessee Smokies pulled away with a three-run sixth and held off a Mississippi Braves late rally for a 4-2 win on Thursday night at Smokies Park.  The win was Tennessee’s third straight, clinching the series.

Ryan Weber and Pierce Johnson battled through five pitchers duel innings to start the game, with the Smokies (18-16; 51-52) pushing across the only early run in the first inning.  Addison Russell singled on the infield and Lars Anderson in his Smokies debut doubled to right-center to make it 1-0.

Johnson (3-4) stymied the Braves’ (17-17; 56-47) offense over six innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out eight in the win.

Tennessee plated three in a troublesome sixth inning to extend the lead.  With one out, Russell got the second of his infield hits in a 2-for-4 day and Anderson followed up with a single.  Christian Villanueva singled home a run for a 2-0 lead and Stephen Bruno stroked a two-run double to make it 4-0 Tennessee.

That ended the day for Weber (3-4) who allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out three in the loss.  Ryne Harper, Ian Thomas, and John Cornely combined to shutout the Smokies over the final 2 2/3 innings.

Mississippi broke through against the bullpen when reliever Tony Zych came on in the seventh.  Daniel Castro walked to lead off the frame, moving to third on two straight groundouts.  Braeden Schlehuber smacked a double down the third base line to get the Braves on the board, trailing 4-1.

Another run came across in the eighth.  Jose Peraza singled, stole second—his seventh steal in four games—and came into score on a throwing error by Jonathan Mota for a 4-2 Braves deficit.

Cedric Hunter and Castro singled with two outs in the eighth, but Villanueva robbed Mycal Jones of an extra base hit with a leaping grab at third to retire the M-Braves side and put the muzzle on a comeback attempt.

Frank Batista (6) earned the save, throwing a scoreless final four outs with two strikeouts and a hit.

The M-Braves try to salvage the finale of the ten-game road trip in Friday night’s fifth game with the Smokies.  Right-hander Mitch Atkins (5-0, 4.11) takes the hill for the Braves against his former team and left-hander Jeff Antigua (0-1, 2.78), with first pitch 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 (17-17; 56-47)                              2 R          6 H         0 E
Tennessee Smokies (18-16; 51-52)                           4 R          8 H         1 E

W – Johnson (3-4)
L – Weber (3-4)
S – Batista (6)

Time – 2:35
Attendance – 4,586

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

Chihuahuas Prank Francoeur… Again

Just three months removed from convincing outfielder Jeff Francoeur that teammate Jorge Reyes (now with the M-Braves) was deaf, the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA Padres) are at it again.

Francoeur went to use the coaches’ restroom instead of the players’–a big no-no in a baseball clubhouse–and the Chihuahuas made him pay for the misstep, locking him in the restroom for more than an hour.

It all worked out okay for Frenchy, who was called up on Wednesday to the Padres for his first major league appearance of the season–and just in time to face his former club.  San Diego visits Atlanta for a weekend series beginning Friday.

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

Walks Plague @MBraves in Loss to Tennessee

M-Braves hurlers walk nine, comeback effort falls short

By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Kodak, TN – The Tennessee Smokies walked nine times on Wednesday night and built up a lead through the middle innings for a 6-3 win over the Mississippi Braves at Smokies Park.

For the third consecutive night, the M-Braves (17-16; 56-46) crossed the plate first in the first inning.  Jose Peraza singled to start the game, stole two bases and came in on a Cedric Hunter force at second for a 1-0 lead.

But the Smokies (17-16; 50-52) came back in the second inning off starter JR Graham (1-5), who walked Dustin Geiger and Taylor Davis to lead off the inning and Pin-Chieh Chen singled to load the bases.

Mississippi went to the bullpen for Williams Perez who struck out opposing pitcher Eduardo Figueroa, but Jae-Hoon Ha and Stephen Bruno hit back-to-back RBI singles for a 2-1 Smokies lead, one that they would never relinquish.

Graham allowed two runs on two hits over an inning with three walks in the loss.

Tennessee extended their lead in the third off Perez.  Jonathan Mota doubled to lead off the inning and two batters later Davis doubled to make it 3-1 Smokies.

The game stayed close until the sixth as Perez tried to work into his fifth relief inning.  He hit Ha with a pitch and Bruno ripped a triple for an RBI and a 4-1 lead.  Charlie Cutler drew a walk and Christian Villanueva doubled to score both, extending the lead to 6-1.

Perez allowed four runs on five hits over four innings, striking out three and walking four.

The M-Braves tried to climb back into it in the eighth.  After Kyle Wren smoked a leadoff double, Hunter blasted a two-run home run over the right field wall to pull it to 6-3, but it was too late.

Figueroa (1-1) picked up the win, allowing just an earned run on four hits over five frames in the start, walking two and striking out one.  Zach Cates picked up his first save of the year, throwing a scoreless ninth with one walk and one strikeout.

Nine total walks were the most allowed by the M-Braves (17-16; 56-46) since April 23 when they walked 10 in a 10-7 loss to Montgomery.

Having lost eight of their last 11, the M-Braves try to snap the skid in Thursday night’s fourth game of the series with the Smokies.  Right-hander Ryan Weber (3-3, 4.38) takes the hill for the Braves, with first pitch 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 (17-16; 56-46)                              3 R          6 H         0 E
Tennessee Smokies (17-16; 50-52)                           6 R          8 H         1 E

W – Figueroa (1-1)
L – Graham (1-5)

Time – 3:16
Attendance – 3,467

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

Listen: Tait Talks @MBraves prospects on @BillShanks Show

Mississippi Braves broadcaster Kyle Tait joined the Bill Shanks Show in Macon, GA on Wednesday afternoon to talk about a few of the M-Braves’ top prospects.

Hear the full interview, including discussion on Jose PerazaKyle WrenDaniel Castro, and the whole crew of M-Braves arms:

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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