Radio Highlights: Dansby’s Four Hits, Franco & Astudillo Go Back-to-Back #Braves @MBraves

Swanson Scores Game Winner in Tennessee
Wild-pitch in 9th breaks tie; Swanson scores go-ahead run after 4-hit day

Kodak, TN – Dansby Swanson went 4-for-5 and scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a wild pitch, as the Mississippi Braves beat the Tennessee Smokies 8-7 on Wednesday night in the series opener.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Swanson doubled with one out in the ninth and the game tied 7-7.  Dustin Peterson had an infield hit and moved to second on a groundout.  With two out, reliever Starling Peralta (0-1) threw a wild pitch, bringing home Swanson from third to give the Braves (11-15) the win.

The wild pitch ended a back-and-forth affair in which Mississippi jumped out to a big early lead, with six in the first three innings.

In the first, Matt Lipka walked, Swanson singled and Peterson walked to load the bases.  With one out, Carlos Franco grounded into a force at second, barely beating out a double play to drive in a run and keep the inning alive.  Willians Astudillo followed with an RBI single and Sean Godfrey hit a two-run triple to make it 4-0.

Tennessee (13-13) came back in the second with a pair of runs.  Braves starter Andrew Thurman walked Billy McKinney and Victor Caratini to start the inning. Left fielder Mark Zagunis singled home the first Smokies run, and Carlos Penalver hit a one-out double to make it 4-2.

The Braves started the third with back-to-back home runs from Franco and Astudillo, the first back-to-back jacks for the Braves since July 10, 2010 against Birmingham, when Eric Duncan and Willie Cabrera accomplished the feat.  The solo shots made it 6-2 in favor of Mississippi.

That’s when Tennessee came alive.  With two outs in the fourth, Penalver singled and pitcher Rob Zastryzny doubled to plate him and pull it to 6-3.  Jacob Hanneman followed suit with a double and an RBI to make it 6-4.

In the fifth, the Smokies took their only lead of the game.  McKinney singled with one out, and Zagunis singled to put two on for Kelly Dugan, whose three-run home run made it 7-6 Tennessee.

The Braves bounced right back in the sixth.  Dian Toscano knocked a two-out pinch-hit single, and Lipka followed with a knock.  Swanson tied the game with an RBI single, his third hit of the game, to make it 7-7.

The game stayed tied until the ninth, when Swanson doubled and scored for the game-winner.

Mauricio Cabrera (1-3) picked up the win in relief, throwing a scoreless inning with two walks.  He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, getting Jeimer Candelario to fly out to left to strand three.

Peralta took the loss, allowing a run on two hits over an inning, walking one in relief.

Braves starter Andrew Thurman allowed four runs on six hits over four innings, walking four in the no-decision. Zastryzny also took a no-decision, allowing six runs on eight hits over five frames.

Madison Younginer fired a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his first save of the year for Mississippi.

The Braves and Smokes continue the series with the second of five games on Thursday night in Kodak, with right-hander Chris Ellis (3-0, 1.84) set to take on Smokies right-hander Duane Underwood (0-0, 2.25).  First pitch is set for 6:05 PM CT.

Mississippi Braves (11-15)                           8 R          14 H       3 E
Tennessee Smokies (13-13)                         7 R          10 H       0 E

W – Cabrera (1-3)
L – Peralta (0-1)
S – Younginer (1)
Time: 2:54 (:33 delay)
Attendance: 2,137

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 Highlights: Albies’ Walkoff Winner for Gwinnett #Braves @MBraves

On Wednesday afternoon, Ozzie Albies’ second AAA hit couldn’t have come at a better time.  With the Gwinnett Braves and Toledo Mud Hens tied at 1-1 in the 12th, Albies singled home Sean Kazmar for a walkoff winner at Coolray Field.

Check out the video highlight, with Tony Schiavone and Nick Green 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

Upcoming Homestand: @MBraves Return Home May 9-13 to Face Mobile

The Mississippi Braves will return home to Trustmark Park Monday May 9 to Friday May 13 for a five-game series against the Mobile BayBears, double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Check out what’s happening at the yard in the upcoming homestand:

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

33 Years Later: Lee Elia Reflects on Cubs Tirade

Now a senior advisor to player development for the Atlanta Braves, former Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies manager Lee Elia holds an unenviable distinction in his career: the man behind one of the most recognizable tirades in sports history.

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Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia stares at plate umpire Terry Tatta who explains why he ejected a Cub from the dugout while Cub’s Ferguson Jenkins was pitching during game in Philadelphia, July 31, 1982. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

Following a tough 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on April 29, 1983, Elia’s Cubs were off to a 5-14 start.  But there’s more to the story than just the slow start and the ensuing rant.  It was the culmination of a wild afternoon that saw Keith Moreland and Larry Bowa get into fist fights with fans after the game, and a hidden tape recorder that Elia didn’t know about.

I won’t link the tirade here for NSFW language purposes–you can YouTube it easily enough–but I caught up with Elia in Jacksonville on Monday afternoon, just days after the 33rd anniversary, to talk about the real story behind the rant and how it changed his life and career 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

Radio Highlights: Lipka, Kennelly Tee Off in @MBraves Win

Braves win series, setting Suns in the rubber match

Jacksonville, FL – Matt Lipka and Matt Kennelly went yard on Monday night and the Mississippi Braves soared to an 8-2 rubber match win over the Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds.

Lipka finished the day 4-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle, while Kennelly hit his first affiliated home run since May 9, 2013 for triple-A Gwinnett.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

The Braves (10-15) opened the scoring in the first frame.  Lipka led off with a double and Dansby Swanson drove him home with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

In the third, Mississippi made it 3-0.  Starter Brandon Barker (3-0) led off with a walk, his first time reaching base in professional baseball.  Lipka followed with a ground-rule double to left-center, originally called a home run but called back after the umpires conferred.  Swanson grounded out to short to drive home Barker and make it 2-0, then Carlos Franco got his second knock of the game, an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

Barker got out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, striking out Francisco Arcia looking to keep the Suns (11-14) scoreless.  He picked up the win, allowing two runs on three hits over five innings, striking out four and walking one.

In the fifth, Lipka jumped on Ivan Pineyro (0-1) for a solo home run, his first of the year to grow the lead to 4-0.

Pineyro took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings.  He struck out one and walked one in his first Suns start of the season.

Jacksonville got their two runs in the fifth.  Avery Romero led off the inning with a triple to the right field corner, and Peter Mooney hit a two-run homer to make it 4-2.

The Braves scored four in the sixth to put the game away.  Franco led off with his third hit of the day, and Kennelly hit a two-run homer to left for a 6-2 lead.

Steve Rodriguez followed with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, setting up a Johan Camargo RBI single and a 7-2 lead.  Two batters later, Lipka got his fourth knock, an RBI single to stretch it to 8-2.

Lipka had a chance to finish the cycle in the eighth, but he foul popped to first to end the inning.

Jason Hursh pitched two scoreless relief innings, and Danny Burawa and Bradley Roney added a scoreless frame each to close it out.

The M-Braves will take Tuesday off for travel before opening a five-game set at the Tennessee Smokies beginning Wednesday, with right-hander Andrew Thurman (0-2, 7.82) set to take the hill in the opener.  First pitch Wednesday is slated for 6:05 PM CT at Smokies Stadium.

Mississippi Braves (10-15)                           8 R          12 H       1 E
Jacksonville Suns (11-14)                              2 R          4 H         0 E

W – Barker (3-0)
L – Pineyro (0-1)
Time: 2:30
Attendance: 1,759

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: Dustin Peterson Takes Away a HR @MBraves #Braves

M-Braves outfielder Dustin Peterson is coming around defensively in left.  This is the second home run he’s robbed in four games, pulling back homers from Matt Juengel (Thursday) and JT Riddle (Sunday).

Check out Sunday’s highlight:

Suns broadcaster Roger Hoover on the call.  To hear how it sounded on Braves radio:

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: Peterson, Swanson Web Gems, but @MBraves Fall in Jacksonville

Whalen holds Jacksonville scoreless until troublesome sixth

Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville Suns scored three runs in the sixth to come from behind and take down the Mississippi Braves 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

M-Braves (9-15) starter Rob Whalen (1-3) got through five shutout innings, but the Suns (11-13) broke through in the sixth.  Yefri Perez drew a leadoff walk and Jeremias Pineda singled to right to put men on the corners.  JT Riddle singled home the tying run, moving to second on the throw.

Two batters later, Brady Shoemaker ended Whalen’s day with a two-run single, giving the Suns a 3-1 lead.

Whalen took the loss, allowing three runs on just five hits, striking out three and walking three.  Madison Younginer came on in relief and got the final two outs of the sixth, including a diving stab by Dansby Swanson in the hole at short for an inning-ending force at second.

Mississippi was stifled by starter Chris Reed through four two-hit shutout innings, but they struck first in the fifth against reliever Tyler Bremer.  Whalen led off the inning with a double for his first professional hit.

After Matt Lipka was hit by a pitch, Dansby Swanson grounded into a fielder’s choice to the pitcher, forcing out Lipka at second.  Dustin Peterson came through with a single to drive in Whalen, his team-leading 15th RBI to give the Braves a 1-0 edge.

Tyler Higgins (1-0) picked up the win, throwing two scoreless innings of relief work.  Sean Donatello got a hold with a scoreless frame, and Tyler Kinley earned his second save with a scoreless ninth.  The Jacksonville bullpen retired 14 straight to end the game.

The M-Braves go for the series win in Jacksonville on Monday night in a rubber match, sending right-hander Brandon Barker (2-0, 0.78) to the hill against right-hander Ivan Pineyro in his Suns debut. First pitch in the series finale is slated for 6:05 PM CT from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Mississippi Braves (9-15)                              1 R          4 H         0 E
Jacksonville Suns (11-13)                              3 R          5 H         0 E

W – Higgins (1-0)
L – Whalen (1-3)
S – Kinley (2)
Time: 2:22
Attendance: 3,622

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”: Dansby Swanson Discusses Debut #Braves

Top prospect Dansby Swanson went 2-for-3 in his double-A debut on Saturday night, leading the M-Braves to a 3-2 win in Jacksonville.

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Dansby Swanson in Spring Training, chatting with fellow prospect Ozzie Albies (Kim Klement, USA Today Sports)

Counting down to Sunday afternoon’s matinee against the Suns, Kyle Tait caught up with Swanson for a Sunday edition of “M-Braves On The Record”:

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’s Dazzling @MBraves Debut

Top prospect doubles, homers, drives in all three Braves runs

Jacksonville, FL – The much-anticipated debut of Dansby Swanson didn’t disappoint on Saturday night, as the prospect shortstop drove in all of Mississippi’s runs in a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds.

Hear the highlights, with Kyle Tait on the call:

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Matt Lipka hit a one-out double and Swanson followed with his first double-A hit, a liner down the left field line for an RBI double to tie the game.

Then in the eighth, with the game tied 1-1, Sean Godfrey hit a pinch-hit double and Swanson jumped on the first pitch from reliever Patrick Johnson (1-1) for a two-run home run, giving the Braves (9-14) the lead for good.

Swanson finished his day 2-for-3 after hearing of his promotion from high-A Carolina early Saturday morning.

Reliever Stephen Janas (2-2) picked up the win for the Braves, firing 1 2/3 scoreless innings to follow up Sean Newcomb. Newcomb allowed just a run on five hits over his 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking three in the no-decision.

Two of Newcomb’s walks were in the first inning. After Yefri Perez and Jeremias Pineda led off the bottom of the first with infield hits, Newcomb walked JT Riddle to load the bases. Austin Dean hit a sacrifice fly to left to take a 1-0 Suns lead.

Johnson (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits over two innings in relief. Suns (10-13) starter Austin Brice took a no-decision, allowing a run on three hits over six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Jacksonville threatened a comeback late. In the eighth inning, Riddle singled off reliever Mauricio Cabrera, moving to second on a passed ball. Brady Shoemaker drove him home with an RBI single to make it 3-2, but Cabrera got out of the jam, then set down the Suns in the ninth for his third save.

The M-Braves look to take the series in the fourth of five on Sunday afternoon, a 2:05 PM CT matinee pitting right-hander Rob Whalen (1-2, 4.05) against Jacksonville left-hander Chris Reed (0-0, 3.86) at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Mississippi Braves (9-14) 3 R 6 H 0 E
Jacksonville Suns (10-13) 2 R 9 H 1 E
W – Janas (2-2)
L – Johnson (1-1)
S – Cabrera (3)
Time: 2:32
Attendance: 5,270

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”: Trembley, Rocket, Salazar Give All Angles on Dansby Swanson #Braves

The big news of Saturday morning was the simultaneous promotion of Ozzie Albies to AAA Gwinnett and the promotion of Dansby Swanson, the #1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, to the M-Braves from Carolina.

On Saturday’s edition of “M-Braves On The Record”, Kyle Tait caught up with Atlanta Braves farm director Dave Trembley, Carolina Mudcats (and former M-Braves) manager Rocket Wheeler, and current Braves skipper Luis Salazar for their thoughts on Swanson and what he brings to the club.

Plus, hear from Salazar on last night’s win, and starter Chris Ellis on overcoming early struggles to pick up the win on Friday night:

Thanks to Greg Young down in Carolina for the audio from Rocket.

Finally, here’s a slow motion Dansby swing from Saturday afternoon’s batting practice:

Swanson swing, slow-mo #Braves @mbraves

A video posted by Kyle Tait (@kbtait25) on Apr 30, 2016 at 1:39pm PDT

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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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