Highlights from Sunday’s @MBraves 4-3 Loss to Montgomery

The Mississippi Braves lost 4-3 on Easter Sunday afternoon to the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium.  If you missed the broadcast, catch the highlights here:


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 End Scoreless Streak, but Comeback Falls Short

Emerson Landoni’s RBI single in the 7th broke the Braves’ scoreless stretch at 33 innings.

Montgomery, AL – The Mississippi Braves had a chance at a Southern League record on Sunday afternoon, but it was a record they wanted no part of.

Emerson Landoni’s RBI single in the seventh got the Braves (6-11) on the board for the first time since Wednesday afternoon, but a late-inning comeback came up short as the Braves lost 4-3 to the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium.  It was their fourth straight loss.

With a fourth consecutive shutout, the Braves would have tied the league record for longest stretch without scoring a run at 36 innings, set by the 1970 Mobile White Sox.

Mississippi trailed 4-0 entering the 7th, with their scoreless stretch sitting at 33 innings dating back to the 8th inning Wednesday.  Cedric Hunter reached on an error by the first baseman to lead off.  Two batters later, Kyle Kubitza walked for two men on.

Landoni came to the plate against reliever Jake Thompson, clubbing a two-strike single to left center to get the Braves on the board, trailing 4-1.  Later in the inning, Matt Kennelly doubled to score Kubitza and make it 4-2 Biscuits.

In the eighth, Hunter clobbered a Matt Lollis fastball over the rightfield wall for his second home run of the year, a solo shot to pull to 4-3.

The Braves were shut down early by Biscuits starter Dylan Floro (1-1), who tossed six shutout innings with just two hits allowed in picking up the win.

Montgomery (11-6) built up a 4-0 lead through the first five innings off Braves starter Aaron Northcraft.

In the second, Richie Shaffer tripled to left-center and Willie Argo hit a fly ball to right that David Rohm lost in the sun.  It dropped for an RBI double and gave the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.

Then in the fourth, Shaffer came through again with a two-run home run to left off Northcraft, stretching the lead to 3-0.

The Biscuits grew their lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Riccio Torrez led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Taylor Motter double.

Northcraft (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.  He struck out five and walked two.

The Braves and Biscuits will square off in the third of five games on Monday night at 7:05 PM CT at Riverwalk Stadium.  Right-hander Jason Hursh (1-1, 2.57) takes the mound against Biscuits righty Jared Mortensen (2-0, 2.38).

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

Mississippi Braves (6-11)                             3 R          7 H         0 E
Montgomery Biscuits (11-6)                       4 R          7 H         4 E

W – Floro (1-1)
L – Northcraft (0-1)
S – Garrido (4)

Time – 2:37
Attendance – 1,906

Infielder (& Pitcher?) Gustavo Nunez on “Inside the @MBraves Clubhouse”

Leading up to Sunday afternoon’s 2:05 PM CT tilt between the Mississippi Braves and Montgomery Biscuits from Riverwalk Stadium, broadcaster Kyle Tait caught up with infielder Gustavo Nunez to talk about his hot start to the season both at the plate and in the field.

Hear Nunez’s thoughts on pitching in Friday night’s loss to Huntsville, switching immediately to right field, the differences between baseball back in the Dominican and in the States, and more:


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

Sunday @MBraves Preview & Lineups: at Montgomery Biscuits, 2:05 PM

The Mississippi Braves look to turn around their record-setting skid on Sunday afternoon as they square off against the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) at Riverwalk Stadium.  First pitch for the second game of the series is slated for 2:05 PM CT.

For the full report on the Biscuits, check out The Montgomery Biscuits Dossier

Right-hander Aaron Northcraft takes the hill for the Braves opposite Biscuits’ right-hander Dylan Floro.

Starting Lineups

Mississippi Braves
Matt Lipka                    CF
Gustavo Nunez           2B
Joe Leonard                1B
Cedric Hunter            LF
Elmer Reyes               SS
Kyle Kubitza               3B
Emerson Landoni    DH
David Rohm               RF
Matt Kennelly            C

(Aaron Northcraft  RHP)

Montgomery Biscuits
Ryan Brett                   2B
Taylor Motter           SS
Curt Casali                  C
Richie Shaffer           DH
Willie Argo                RF
Alejandro Segovia 1B
Jeff Malm                   LF
Riccio Torrez           3B
Joey Rickard            CF

(Dylan Floro          RHP)

Pitching Matchups

RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Dylan Floro (0-1, 9.88)

Right-handed Aaron Northcraft climbs the hill for the M-Braves on Sunday in Montgomery for his second start of the season.  Slowed by a finger injury in Spring Training, Northcraft started the year on the disabled list before being activated on April 11 and joining the rotation.  His first time out came on April 15 in game one of a doubleheader against Huntsville.  He allowed two earned runs on three hits over three innings, taking a no-decision in a Braves’ 3-2 win on an Emerson Landoni walkoff single.  Northcraft was originally taken by the Braves in the tenth round of the 2009 draft out of Mater Dei High School in California.

Montgomery will send right-hander Dylan Floro, 23, to the mound.  A native of Merced, CA, Floro is in his first double-A season after spending all of 2013 in A-ball between Bowling Green and Charlotte, going 11-2 with a 1.77 ERA in 23 starts en route to being tabbed the Rays’ minor league pitcher of the year.  Last time out, Floro allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Pensacola, a game the Biscuits lost 7-4.  He was originally drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 draft out of Cal-State Fullerton.

A New Team Record…

With the M-Braves’ 5-0 loss on Saturday in Montgomery, the Braves have now lost three consecutive games via the shutout, a new team record.  After winning 3-0 on Wednesday over Huntsville, the Braves fell 1-0 Thursday and 13-0 Friday to the Stars to start the streak.  The only other time the Braves came close to three consecutive shutouts was in 2012, when they lost 3 of 4 on shutouts from April 17-20 to the Jackson Generals and Birmingham Barons.  They beat the Generals 3-2 though on April 18 to avoid three straight.

The team has won three consecutive shutouts only once–June 26-28, 2005 on the road against the Tennessee Smokies.

Listen Live 

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.  The “Countdown to First Pitch” begins at 1:30 PM CT and will include M-Braves infielder Gustavo Nunez on “Inside the M-Braves Clubhouse”.

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: Batista activated, C. Perez to DL

Perez will report to Orlando for further tests

PEARL, MS – Mississippi Braves RHP Lay Batista has been activated from the disabled list, and LHP Carlos Perez has been placed on the disabled list with a viral infection (stomach). Perez will report to Orlando for further tests.

Batista, 24, is being activated from his stint on the DL. He was placed on the DL with a right triceps strain April 11. Batista exited the April 9 game against the Generals after dropping the ball on the mound during a pitch the plate. Batista is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two outings with the Double-A Braves this season. A native of the Dominican Republic, Batista was signed by the Braves on December 20, 2013.

Perez, 22, has a 19.29 ERA in four appearances out of the M-Braves bullpen this season. He’s given up six runs (five earned) on two hits and 11 walks in 2.1 innings pitched. Perez went 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 29 outings between Low-A Rome and High-A Lynchburg last season. A native of the Dominican Republic, Perez was signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 2008.

The Mississippi roster has 25 active players and 3 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

Highlights from Saturday’s @MBraves 5-0 Loss in Montgomery

The Mississippi Braves fell to the Montgomery Biscuits 5-0 on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium.  If you missed the broadcast, catch the (few) highlights right here, condensed into less than 2 minutes:


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 Shutout for Record Third Straight Night

Montgomery Biscuits plate five runs in the fourth in 5-0 win
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Montgomery, AL – The Mississippi Braves set a record—and not the good kind—on Saturday night as they were shutout for the third consecutive night, this time to the Montgomery Biscuits 5-0 at Riverwalk Stadium.

Montgomery (10-6) got all the runs they’d need in a five-run fourth inning.  Cameron Seitzer doubled with one out off of David Bromberg, and Willie Argo reached on an error by the shortstop Gustavo Nunez with two outs.  With two men on, Jeff Malm walked to load the bases.

That set up three straight RBI knocks for Montgomery–a two-run single by Luke Maile, then a two-run double by Jake Hager and an RBI single by Ryan Brett to make it 5-0.

All five runs were unearned against Bromberg (0-2), who suffered the loss.  He finished four innings and allowed just the five unearned on six hits, walking three.

Victor Mateo (2-2) meanwhile pitched brilliantly for the Biscuits.  Mississippi (6-10) managed just three hits against the right-hander over his seven shutout frames, striking out five and walking one.

Saturday’s loss marks the first time in the team’s ten-year history that they’ve been shutout in three consecutive games.  After a shutout of their own 3-0 over Huntsville on Wednesday afternoon, the Braves fell 1-0 Thursday and 13-0 Friday to the Stars.

The last time the Braves scored was in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, making it a stretch of 27 consecutive frames now without a run.

Mississippi had an early threat when Gustavo Nunez smacked a triple to right-center in the third, but he was stranded 90 feet away on a Matt Lipka pop to short.

The Braves bullpen did provide a bright spot.  John Cornely and Shae Simmons each pitched a pair of scoreless innings on the night.

The Braves and Biscuits square off in the second of five games on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM CT.  The Braves send right-hander Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 6.00) against Biscuits’ right-hander Dylan Floro (0-1, 9.88).

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 1:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB or online at MississippiBraves.com and TuneIn Radio.

Mississippi Braves (6-10)                            0 R          4 H         2 E
Montgomery Biscuits (10-6)                       5 R          10 H       1 E

W – Mateo (2-2)
L – Bromberg (0-2)

Time – 2:31
Attendance – 5,327

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

OF Cedric Hunter on “Inside the @MBraves Clubhouse”

Leading up to Saturday’s opener in Montgomery, Mississippi Braves broadcaster Kyle Tait caught up with outfielder Cedric Hunter, in his first year with the organization, to chat about his development, the immensity of Trustmark Park, the veteran presence he brings to the team and more.

If you missed the interview, hear it here:


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

Saturday @MBraves Game Preview & Lineups: at Montgomery Biscuits, 6:35 PM

The Mississippi Braves have lost back-to-back games for just the third time all season after stumbling on Friday night 13-0 to the Huntsville Stars to drop the five-game series.  They still seek their first series win of the year, and they head to Montgomery to take on the Rays’ double-A club, the Biscuits.

For the full report on the Biscuits, check out The Montgomery Biscuits Dossier

With major leaguer Gavin Floyd getting the rehab start on Friday, everyone in the Braves’ rotation has been pushed back a day, with David Bromberg taking the hill in Saturday night’s opener in Montgomery.  The Biscuits counter with right-hander Victor Mateo.

Starting Lineups

Mississippi Braves
Matt Lipka                    CF
Emerson Landoni     2B
Cedric Hunter            DH
Seth Loman                 1B
Robby Hefflinger      LF
Kyle Kubitza               3B
David Rohm               RF
Matt Kennelly            C
Gustavo Nunez         SS

(David Bromberg   RHP)

Montgomery Biscuits
Ryan Brett                   2B
Taylor Motter           RF
Curt Casali                  DH
Cameron Seitzer      1B
Richie Shaffer           3B
Willie Argo                CF
Jeff Malm                   LF
Luke Maile                 C
Jake Hager                SS

(Victor Mateo         RHP)

Pitching Matchups

RHP David Bromberg (0-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. RHP Victor Mateo (1-2, 6.46)

Right-handed David Bromberg climbs the hill for the M-Braves in Saturday’s series opener in Montgomery.  Bromberg makes his third start of the season and is coming off his finest outing yet against the Jackson Generals on April 13.  He gave up just an earned run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings, but the Braves surrendered three runs over the final two innings to lose 5-4.  Bromberg was drafted in 2005 by the Twins in the 32nd round out of high school as a draft-and-follow.

Montgomery will send Victor Mateo to the hill, now in his second season at double-A.  Last time out, Mateo allowed just an earned run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a game which the Biscuits won 3-1 in a rain-shortened six innings on April 14.  Mateo was a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 and finished the 2013 campaign 7-9 with a 3.93 ERA over 27 appearances in the Southern League.  He threw the first no-hitter in Riverwalk Stadium history on August 24, 2013 against Jacksonville.

Last Year vs. Montgomery:

The Braves and Biscuits were two very evenly-matched teams in 2013, as they split 20 games, each going 10-10.  On top of that, each team split their home season series, with the Braves going 5-5 at Riverwalk Stadium and the Biscuits going 5-5 at Trustmark Park.

Listen Live 

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.  The “Countdown to First Pitch” begins at 6:00 PM CT and will include M-Braves outfielder Cedric Hunter on “Inside the M-Braves Clubhouse”.

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

The Montgomery Biscuits Dossier (April 19-23, Riverwalk Stadium)

After the Mississippi Braves stumbled 13-0 against the Huntsville Stars on Friday night at Trustmark Park, they still seek their first series win of the year as they hit the road to the Montgomery Biscuits (Rays).  The Biscuits sit in sole possession of first place in the South division with a 9-6 record.

Here’s what you need to know about the Biscuits:

2013 Overall: 71-69, 4th place, South Division
First half: 37-33, 3rd place, 2.5 GB
Second half: 34-36, 5th place, 6.0 GB

Braves vs. Biscuits last year: 10-10
at Trustmark Park (Mississippi): 5-5
at Riverwalk Stadium (Montgomery): 5-5

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Last Time Out:

Mississippi fell in 3 of 5 to the Huntsville Stars at Trustmark Park, losing the finale 13-0 at Trustmark Park on Friday.  The Biscuits took 4 of 5 from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on the road, winning the finale 3-1 on Friday night.

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Two-Minute Drill – Montgomery Biscuits:

History, tidbits, famous alums and more on Saturday’s Montgomery Biscuits Two-minute drill:


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Prospects to Watch For:
Rankings by Baseball America

2B Ryan Brett (#8)
3B Richie Shaffer (#13)
LHP Grayson Garvin (#16)
SS Jake Hager (#18)
RHP Dylan Floro (#26)
C Curt Casali (#29)

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Pitching matchups & Game Times (Central Time):

RHP David Bromberg (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Victor Mateo (1-2, 6.46) – Saturday April 19, 6:35 PM
RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Dylan Floro (0-1, 9.88) – Sunday, April 20, 2:05 PM
RHP Jason Hursh (1-1, 2.57) vs. RHP Jared Mortensen (2-0, 2.38) – Monday, April 21, 7:05 PM
RHP Williams Perez (1-1, 1.26) vs. RHP Michael Colla (1-1, 4.86) – Tuesday, April 22, 10:35 AM
RHP JR Graham (0-1, 0.00) vs. LHP Grayson Garvin (0-1, 1.00) – Wednesday, April 23, 7:05 PM

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

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