VIDEO: Dansby Swanson Clubs 4th @MBraves Homer

Dansby Swanson smacked his fourth M-Braves homer in the first inning Saturday night to help the M-Braves to a 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Suns.

Check out the video highlight of the homer, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

Radio Highlights: Swanson, Lara go deep in @MBraves 6-2 victory

Whalen pitches six strong innings, gives up just four hits

PEARL, MSDansby Swanson and Jordy Lara both homered, leading the Mississippi Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Jacksonville Suns Saturday night at Trustmark Park. With the win, the M-Braves even the series at two games apiece and force a rubber match in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.

Hear the radio highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Mississippi (22-27) scored six runs on 11 hits. Jacksonville (22-26) plated two runs on five hits. Rob Whalen (3-4) started and worked six innings for the M-Braves. He allowed two unearned runs on four hits while striking out eight batters to pick up the win.

Mauricio Cabrera and Madison Younginer worked the final three scoreless frames. In addition to Swanson and Lara’s nights at the plate, Jacob Schrader and Mel Rojas, Jr. also collect two hits apiece.

The M-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Matt Lipka tripled and scored on a Johan Camargo sacrifice fly. Swanson then ripped a solo home run to left field to add another run.

In the bottom of the second, Schrader singled and Rojas, Jr. doubled. Whalen followed with a singled to center, driving home Schrader. Lipka then grounded out to bring home another run and make it a 4-0 game.

Jacksonville responded in the top of the third. Peter Mooney reached on an error and stole second. Moises Sierra then blasted a two-run shot to left, cutting the Braves lead to 4-2.

The Braves made it a 5-2 game in the fourth. Schrader singled and Lara doubled to start the inning. Rojas, Jr. then followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Schrader.

Lara added a solo blast in the sixth to extend the Braves lead to 6-2.

Jarlin Garcia (1-3) went two innings before exiting the game for the Suns. He gave up four earned runs on five hits.

In Sunday afternoon’s series finale, the M-Braves send right-hander Victor Mateo to the hill against Suns righty Patrick Johnson (1-1, 5.72). First pitch is slated for 1:00 PM. Gates open at 12:00 PM.

Jacksonville (22-26): 2 R 5 H 0 E
Mississippi (22-27): 6 R 11 H 1 E

W: Rob Whalen (3-4)
L: Jarlin Garcia (1-3)

Time: 2:22
Attendance: 4,364

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

Radio Highlights: Newcomb, Hyams lead @MBraves past Suns

Newcomb allowed one earned run on five hits

PEARL, MSSean Newcomb held the Suns to one run on four hits, leading the Mississippi Braves to a 3-1 victory over Jacksonville at Trustmark Park Friday night. The series continues Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Hear the radio highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Mississippi (21-27) scored three runs on five hits. Jacksonville (22-25) plated one run on six hits. Levi Hyams collected a multi-hit game with two knocks including a long ball. Dansby Swanson entered Friday’s game riding a 12-game hitting streak but went 0-for-4 at the plate.

The M-Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second. Carlos Franco doubled and moved to third on a ground out. He then came in to score on Matt Kennelly‘s double to left field, giving the Braves an early advantage.

Franco and Kennelly both walked to start the Braves fourth. Dian Toscano then singled to drive home Franco and extend the Braves lead to 2-0.

Jacksonville made it a 2-1 game in the fifth. Sharif Othman and Avery Romero both singled and advanced on an Austin Brice sacrifice bunt. A fielder’s choice cut down Othman at the plate but a double steal allowed Romero to swipe home and make it a one-run game.

Hyams blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth, adding an insurance run and giving the Braves a 3-1 lead.

Newcomb (2-2) held the Suns to one earned run on four hits and a walk. He struck out five in five innings of work to pick up the win. Danny Burawa worked two frames, allowing just one hit before handing the ball to Stephen Janas (S, 2) who tossed the final two innings and picked up his third save of the year.

Austin Brice (3-3) suffered the loss, giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out five batters.

The M-Braves send right-hander Rob Whalen (2-4, 3.42) to the hill in game four of this five-game series against the Suns. He’ll counter Jacksonville lefty Jarlin Garcia (1-2, 3.82). First pitch is slated for 6:00 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM.

Jacksonville (22-25): 1 R 6 H 0 E
Mississippi (21-27): 3 R 5 H 0 E

W: Sean Newcomb (2-2)
L: Austin Brice (3-3)
S: Stephen Janas (3)

Time: 2:17
Attendance: 2,854

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

Radio Highlights: Dansby, Peterson Extend Hit Streaks, but @MBraves Fall

Esch, Suns outlast Braves 5-3 in game two
Esch did not surrender a hit until the sixth inning

PEARL, MS — The Mississippi Braves and Jacksonville battled again Thursday night at Trustmark Park, but the Suns held on to take a 5-3 victory as the Braves stranded the tying run in the ninth. Jake Esch took a no-hitter into the sixth before Dansby Swanson extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a base hit to left, finally putting the M-Braves in the hits column.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Mississippi (20-27) scored three runs on eight hits while Jacksonville (22-24) plated five runs on seven hits. For the Braves, Dustin Peterson and Johan Camargo both collected two-hit games. Chris Ellis (6-2) turned in another quality start but suffered the loss. He held the Suns to three earned runs on just five hits and two walks through seven frames.

Esch (6-4) went six innings for the Suns. He gave up just one earned run on two hits-all in the sixth inning. Esch walked three and recorded eight strikeouts. Sean Donatello (S, 3) worked the final frame to notch his third save of the season.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third. Jeremias Pineda led off the inning with a double to right field and took third on Esch’s sacrifice bunt. Yefri Perez then delivered a sacrifice fly to left field, driving home Pineda for the game’s first run.

Perez and Austin Dean both singled to start the Suns’ sixth. J.T. Riddle followed with a two-run triple to center field, extending Jacksonville’s lead to 3-0.

The M-Braves responded in the bottom of the sixth. Swanson delivered a two-out single to break-up Esch’s no-hit bid. Peterson then followed with a double to center, cutting the Suns lead to 3-1.

Mississippi made it a one-run contest in the seventh. Jordy Lara doubled and Camargo singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Matt Lipka then grounded out, allowing Lara to score and make it 3-2.

Jacksonville tacked on two more in the ninth. A Steve Kent wild pitch allowed Moises Sierra to score from third. Francisco Arcia then followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

In the bottom of the frame, Camargo doubled to center with two down. Levi Hyams’ pinch-hit single to left made it 5-3 and the M-Braves left two runners stranded to end the game.

In game three of this five-game series, M-Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-2, 3.91) toes the rubber against Suns righty Austin Brice (3-2, 1.99). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

Jacksonville (22-24): 5 R 7 H 0 E
Mississippi (20-27): 3 R 8 H 0 E

W: Jake Esch (6-4)
L: Chris Ellis (6-2)
S: Sean Donatello (3)

Time: 2:25
Attendance: 3,193

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

This Day in Baseball: Canseco’s Head Gives up a HR

On this day, May 26, 1993, Indians outfielder Carlos Martinez hit a deep fly ball to right that provided one of the best bloopers of all time–bouncing off Jose Canseco’s head and over the wall for a home run.

Hear more on today’s “This Day in Baseball”:

 

By the way, Carlos Martinez’s son Jose is a former Mississippi Brave, currently playing in the Cardinals system.  He won the PCL batting title last year with the AAA Omaha Royals, hitting an incredible .384.

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

Radio Highlights: Suns take series opener in extras, defeat @MBraves 4-3

M-Braves leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th

PEARL, MS — With the game knotted at 2-2, the Jacksonville Suns and Mississippi Braves went to extras in game one of a five-game series at Trustmark Park. The Suns plated two runs in the top of the 10th to defeat the M-Braves 4-3.

Hear the radio highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

In the top of the 10th, J.T. Riddle singled and moved over to third after back-to-back groundouts. Chris Curley then singled to right field, driving home the game-winning run. A single from Peter Mooney followed by a walk from Francisco Arcia loaded the bases with two-out. Jeremias Pineda then drew a walk to add an insurance run for the Suns.

The Braves got one run back in the bottom of the inning. Dansby Swanson extended his hitting streak with a lead-off single to right. He advanced on a ground out and later scored on Willians Astudillo’s RBI-single to center. Mississippi loaded the bases with two outs but a pop out ended the game.

Mississippi (20-26) scored three runs on 10 hits. Jacksonville (21-24) plated four runs on 10 hits. Tyler Higgins (2-1) picked up the win, working two innings in relief. Madison Younginer (0-1) took the loss, working 1.2 innings and giving up two runs.

Both starters turned in solid performances. Andrew Thurman held the Suns to just one earned run on five hits and three walks. He struck out five batters in 6.1 innings of work. Chris Mazza tossed five frames for Jacksonville. He held the M-Braves to two runs, one earned, on five hits while fanning six.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third. Yefri Perez singled and stole second. He then came around to score on a Riddle double to right field, putting Jacksonville out front early.

Jacob Schrader led off the bottom of the third with a double to center field. Thurman then delivered a RBI-single to right, tying the game at 1-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Schrader doubled to left field and took third on an error by the left fielder. Johan Camargo followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the M-Braves a 2-1 lead.

Jacksonville tied the game again the eighth. Riddle singled and took second on Austin Dean’s sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch allowed him to advance again before scoring on Peter Mooney’s base hit to right field.

In game two of this five-game series, the M-Braves send right-hander Chris Ellis (6-1, 2.89) to the hill against Suns righty Jake Esch (5-4, 4.63). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

Jacksonville (21-24): 4 R 10 H 1 E
Mississippi (20-26): 3 R 10 H 1 E

W: Tyler Higgins (2-1)
L: Madison Younginer (0-1)

Time: 3:15
Attendance: 2,099

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

“@MBraves On The Record”: Barker Discusses Trade to Baltimore; O’Neal Talks Emergency Start

After Sunday’s 16-inning marathon win over the Mobile BayBears, Monday was set to be a wild day for the M-Braves, who were scrambling to find anyone rested enough to pitch.

The day got even wilder when word came that starter Brandon Barker, who had been lights out for the Braves with a 2.00 ERA and a 3-2 record, was traded to Baltimore for Brian Matusz and a competitive balance pick.

Kyle Tait caught up with Barker to talk about the deal, as well as Michael O’Neal, who found out less than an hour before first pitch that he’d be making his first professional start in his double-A debut:

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

VIDEO: This Day in Baseball: Babe Ruth Gives One Final Hurrah

On this day in 1935 at Forbes Field, Boston Braves outfielder Babe Ruth gave fans one final glimpse of the once-Great Bambino, smashing three homers against the Pirates, including one that was estimated at more than 600 feet.

Hear more, on Wednesday’s edition of This Day in Baseball:

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

Sunday Radio Highlights: @MBraves Marathon Matinee in Mobile

16 innings matches longest game in team history

Mobile, AL – Mel Rojas Jr hit his first Mississippi Braves home run and it couldn’t have come at a better time, giving the Braves the lead for good in the top of the 16th inning of a 3-2 win over the Mobile BayBears on Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

The 16-inning contest matched the longest game in the M-Braves’ 12-year history, last done on April 15, 2012 in a win at the Jackson Generals.  At four hours and 39 minutes, it was the seventh longest game in team history by time.

With nobody on and two out in the 16th, Rojas jumped on reliever Myles Smith (0-1) for a solo home run to right, his first in a Braves (19-25) uniform after being traded earlier this month from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.

The homer broke a stalemate that had survived since the ninth, when Mobile (19-24) entered the frame trailing 2-1 but tied the game to force extras.  The BayBears loaded the bases against reliever Mauricio Cabrera on three walks, and Madison Younginer (BS, 1) gave up a one-out sacrifice fly to Peter Medrano to make it 2-2.

The blown save spoiled a solid start for Rob Whalen, who allowed just a run on six hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking none.  It was the first time Whalen completed seven innings as an M-Brave, but he took a tough luck no decision.

The Braves used nearly every reliever they had, throwing Stephen Janas, Cabrera, Younginer, Bradley Roney, Steve Kent and finally Danny Burawa (2-0), who picked up the win with three scoreless frames in extras on two hits.

Mobile got a strong start from Anthony Banda, who allowed two runs on seven hits over seven frames, striking out seven and walking two in the no-decision.  They also used Daniel Gibson, Jimmie Sherfy, Joey Krehbiel and Adam Miller before Smith gave up the game-winning home run.

Mobile started the scoring in the first when Ildemaro Vargas singled on a ground ball to short, moving to second on a Mitch Haniger groundout.  With two out, Michael Perez knocked an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

The M-Braves jumped to a 2-1 lead in the third.  Johan Camargo singled and Matt Lipka doubled to put two into scoring position, setting up a Dansby Swanson two-run single.  The game stayed tied 2-1 until the blown save in the ninth.

The Braves and BayBears will wrap up the series on Monday night at 6:35 PM CT with a rubber match, with Mississippi sending right-hander Brandon Barker (3-2, 2.00) to the mound against Mobile right-hander Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.23).

Mississippi Braves (19-25)                           3 R          14 H       0 E
Mobile BayBears (19-24)                              2 R          13 H       0 E

W – Burawa (2-0)
L – Smith (0-1)
Time: 4:39
Attendance: 1,511

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

AUDIO: Hammerin’ Hank’s Son Lary Aaron Reflects on Dark Days Surrounding HR Chase

Leading up to Sunday’s first pitch in Mobile, Kyle Tait sat down with Hank Aaron‘s son Lary, a pro scout with the Milwaukee Brewers, currently in town scouting the BayBears-Braves series at the ballpark named after his father.

Lary was 15 years old when Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, clubbing his 715th on April 8, 1974.  But the homer and the chase leading up to it proved dark days for the Aaron family, who received countless kidnapping and death threats over the course of the 1973-74 seasons.

Lary joined the pregame show on Sunday to reflect on the threats and the time leading up to Hammerin’ Hank’s historic night. Hear the interview as aired on Sunday’s pregame show:

Aaron

Aaron rounds second, greeted by college students Britt Gaston and Cliff Courtenay after hitting his historic homer on April 8, 1974.

 

Kyle Tait is in his sixth season as the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow him on Twitter: @HearKyleTait, and take a listen at HearKyleTait.com

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