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Sun. 6/15 @MBraves Preview & Lineups: @ Tennessee Smokies, 1:00 PM CT

The M-Braves pulled even in the five-game series with a 6-4 win over the Tennessee Smokies on Saturday night, with the rubber match and the first half finale scheduled for 1:00 PM CT on Sunday afternoon.

Mississippi sends right-hander Aaron Northcraft (7-3, 2.84) to the hill for his final tuneup before the Southern League All-Star Game against Smokies right-hander Corey Black (2-4, 3.44), fresh off the disabled list.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning with the “Countdown to First Pitch” at 12:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB-FM and online through TuneIn Radio

Southern League Standings

North Division:
Huntsville Stars (Brewers)                               46-24
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)                               32-36     13.0 GB
Jackson Generals (Mariners)                          31-37     14.0 GB
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)                   29-40    16.5 GB
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)                 26-44    20.0 GB

South Division:
Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)                41-27
Mississippi Braves                                         39-29  2.0 GB
Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)                             35-34  6.5 GB
Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)                           34-35  7.5 GB
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds)                       31-38  10.5 GB

Starting Lineups

Mississippi Braves (39-29)

Gustavo Nunez          2B
Mycal Jones               CF
Cedric Hunter            LF
Seth Loman                 1B
Matt Kennelly             C
Kyle Kubitza               3B
Elmer Reyes               SS
Derrick Mitchell       RF
Aaron Northcraft   RHP

Tennessee Smokies (32-36)

Anthony Giansanti LF
Stephen Bruno         2B
Kris Bryant                3B
Dustin Geiger           1B
Rubi Silva                  RF
Taylor Davis             C
Jae-Hoon Ha            CF
Jeudy Valdez           SS
Corey Black            RHP

40-Win Half

With a win in Sunday’s first half finale, the M-Braves would nail down their third 40-win half in team history.  In 2007, the Braves won the first half South Division with a record of 42-28; A year later they went 43-26 in the second half and went on to win the 2008 Southern League Championship Series.

Listen Live at 1:00 PM CT

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning with the “Countdown to First Pitch” at 12:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.

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

Loman’s Launch Bakes Biscuits

Seth Loman’s three-run homer in sixth gives M-Braves lead for good
By: Kyle Tait, Mississippi Braves

Montgomery, AL – Seth Loman blasted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give the Mississippi Braves a permanent lead en route to an 8-5 win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Wednesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

With the win and the Mobile BayBears’ 9-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts Wednesday afternoon, the Braves (34-25) kept pace in the South Division race, remaining just one game back with 10 games remaining in the first half.

Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth inning, Mississippi got a leadoff single from David Rohm.  A groundout to third by Elmer Reyes moved Rohm to second and Emerson Landoni walked to put two men aboard.  Cedric Hunter pulled it to 3-2 with an RBI single, and Loman sent a ball over the wall in right to make it 5-3 Braves.

It was Loman’s ninth home run of the year to lead the club and his second this season against Montgomery (30-30).

The Braves held off a late rally but kept scoring insurance runs to lock down the win for Aaron Northcraft (7-2).  The Southern League South All-Star went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  James Hoyt—another All-Star—nailed down his third save and his second in as many nights.

Montgomery’s Michael Colla (2-7) took the loss with five earned runs on seven hits over his six frames, striking out five and walking one.

The Biscuits started the scoring in the first inning.  Jake Hager and Cameron Seitzer hit back-to-back one-out singles and Richie Shaffer doubled to bring in a run.

Mississippi tied the game in the third.  Reyes and Matt Kennelly each singled to lead off the inning and Rohm grounded into a double play to move Reyes to third.  Gustavo Nunez smacked a single to plate the tying run, 1-1.

In the third, Montgomery’s Cameron Seitzer hit his fourth homer of the season to break the tie.  After Ryan Brett was hit by a pitch, Seitzer sent a 1-1 pitch over the right-centerfield wall.

After the Braves stole away the lead with the four-run sixth, the Biscuits came rallying back.  In the bottom of the sixth with two out, Jeff Malm singled, Alejandro Segovia walked and Joey Rickard drove in a run with a single to pull to 5-4, but Ryan Brett grounded out to third with the go-ahead run aboard to end the inning and Northcraft’s day.

Mississippi tacked on insurance in the seventh inning with one out.  Kennelly and Rohm hit two straight singles and Nunez laid down a bunt base hit that reliever Matt Lollis threw away down the first base line, plating Kennelly for a 6-4 lead.

Segovia came right back with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, his third of the season to make it 6-5 Braves.

With two outs in the ninth, Cedric Hunter dealt the final knockout punch for the Braves with an opposite field two-run bloop double to make it 8-5.

Now the Braves return home for a five-game series with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) beginning Thursday at 7:00 PM CT.  Right-hander Jason Hursh (4-4, 3.68) takes the hill for the Braves.

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

Mississippi Braves (34-25)                           8 R          13 H       0 E
Montgomery Biscuits (30-30)                     5 R          12 H       2 E

W – Northcraft (7-2)
L – Colla (2-7)
S – Hoyt (3)

Time – 2:49
Attendance – 3,159

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

Wed. 6/4 @MBraves Preview & Lineups: @ Montgomery Biscuits, 7:05 PM CT

David Rohm smoked a two-run single up the middle in the ninth inning to send the Mississippi Braves to a thrilling 7-6 win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Tuesday night–and more importantly gaining a game on the first place Mobile BayBears with only 11 games remaining in the first half South Division race.

The BayBears bounced back in a day game on Wednesday with a 9-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts, so best-case the Braves can only stay put at one game back with a win on Wednesday night in the series finale with the Biscuits going into the final ten games of the half.

First pitch on Wednesday night is slated for 7:05 PM CT at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, with right-hander Aaron Northcraft (6-2, 2.45) scheduled to take the hill–hours removed from being notified that he’s a Southern League All-Star–against Montgomery right-hander Mike Colla (2-6, 5.31).

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning with the “Countdown to First Pitch” at 6:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB-FM and online through TuneIn Radio

Southern League Standings

North Division:
Huntsville Stars (Brewers)                               40-20
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)                               28-31     11.5 GB
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)                   26-34     14.0 GB
Jackson Generals (Mariners)                          25-34    14.5 GB
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)                 24-36    16.0 GB

South Division:
Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)                35-24
Mississippi Braves                                         33-25  1.5 GB
Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)                             31-28  3.5 GB
Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)                           30-29  4.5 GB
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds)                       24-35  10.5 GB

Starting Lineups

Mississippi Braves (33-25)

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

Aaron Northcraft  RHP

Montgomery Biscuits (30-29)

Ryan Brett                2B
Jake Hager                SS
Cameron Seitzer     1B
Richie Shaffer          3B
Luke Maile                 C
Willie Argo                LF
Jeff Malm                   RF
Alejandro Segovia DH
Joey Rickard            CF

Michael Colla          RHP

The Michael Colla File

Montgomery right-hander Michael Colla, 27, takes the hill in Wednesday’s series finale at Riverwalk Stadium against the Braves.  A 14th round pick of the Pirates in 2008 out of the University of Arizona, Colla is in his second season as a Tampa Bay Rays farmhand after they signed him out of independent baseball in 2013.

Overall Colla is in his fifth season at double-A, spending three years at Altoona in the Eastern League from 2010 to 2012 before going to the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League to start 2013.  That’s where the Rays discovered him, signing him to a minor league deal in June of 2013.

Last year, Colla made one appearance against Mississippi, allowing seven earned runs on ten hits over six-plus innings, including a solo home run to Barrett Kleinknecht and former M-Brave Edward Salcedo finishing a home run shy of the cycle.

The Braves have always hit well against Colla, scoring 14 runs against him in 17 innings of work over three career appearances (0-3, 7.41), including sending him to two losses in ’14 with a 5.73 ERA.  Last time out, Colla held the Jacksonville Suns to two runs, one earned, on six hits over six innings in a 5-4 Biscuits win.

Listen Live at 6:30 PM CT

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning with the “Countdown to First Pitch” at 6:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.

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

Six @MBraves Named Southern League All-Stars

 Six Braves were selected to the 2014 South Division All-Star roster
PEARL, MS —  The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced its South Division All-Star team Wednesday, June 4, selecting six Mississippi Braves players to the 2014 Southern League All-Star Game. The North Division takes on the South Division Tuesday, June 17 at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Two position players and four pitchers were selected to represent the Mississippi Braves as Southern League All-Stars. Shortstop Elmer Reyes and outfielder Mycal Jones were named to the team along with starting pitchers Aaron Northcraft and Williams Perez. Relievers James Hoyt and Shae Simmons were also selected to represent the Double-A Braves.

Reyes, 23, ranks second among Southern League Leaders with a .335 batting average. He began the season on the disabled list and was activated on April 14. He spent the 2013 season at High-A Lynchburg, hitting .285 in 123 games for the Hillcats. Reyes ranked fourth among all Braves minor leaguers in doubles (30) and RBI (60) last season. The Nicaraguan is on the Atlanta Braves 40-man roster. He was signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 19, 2009.

Jones, 26, ranks among Southern League Leaders in batting average (10th, .301) and on-base percentage (4th, .410). He was activated from the disabled list in Triple-A Gwinnett April 22 and transferred to Mississippi on April 25. Jones spent the entire 2013 season at Double-A Mississippi. He posted a .261 average with 18 doubles, four homers and 36 RBI in 111 games. The Jacksonville, FL, native was drafted by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.

Northcraft, 23, ranks third in the Southern League with six wins. Overall, the right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in nine outings for the M-Braves. He’s struck out 45 batters in 44 innings pitched. Northcraft entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the 25th-best prospect in the Braves organization. He went 8-8 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 starts with the Double-A club last year.  He was originally selected by the Braves in the 10th round of the 2009 draft.

Perez, 23, is 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 starts for the M-Braves. He currently ranks second among Southern League Leaders in ERA and WHIP (0.96) and ranks third with a .205 opponent’s batting average. The Venezuelan was signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on January 12, 2009.

Hoyt, 27, leads the Southern League with seven holds. Among relievers, he has the third highest strikeout per nine innings pitched ratio (12.27) and the fourth best ratio of fewest baserunners per nine innings (8.77). Overall, Hoyt is 2-2 with a 1.40 ERA in 23 games for the M-Braves. The right-hander was signed by the Braves as a free agent on November 15, 2012, after two years of playing in Independent Leagues. Hoyt split the 2013 season between Lynchburg (3-2, 4.89) and Mississippi (0-1, 2.48).

Simmons, 23, was promoted to the Atlanta Braves Saturday, May 30. The right-hander was leading the Southern League with 14 saves. He had a 0.78 ERA in 20 outings for the M-Braves. In those 20 appearances, he gave up runs in just one outing. After giving up those two runs on April 28, Simmons went on to record nine consecutive saves. He struck out 30 batters in 23 total innings pitched. Simmons was selected by the Braves in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft out of Southeast Missouri State.

The North Division All-Stars were announced Tuesday, June 3. Players were selected after a vote by Southern League field managers, radio broadcasters, general managers and print media. All players on Southern League rosters as of May 15 were eligible in the voting. Starting lineups for the North and South Divisions will be announced on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6, respectively.

Don’t miss your chance to see these all-stars and the rest of the 2014 Mississippi Braves. The M-Braves enter tonight’s game at Montgomery one game out of first place in the Southern League South Division-trailing Mobile. The Braves take on the Chattanooga Lookouts at Trustmark Park Thursday through Monday, June 5-9, before heading to Tennessee for a five-game series against the Smokies to wrap up the first half.

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 sweep twin bill, sweep series

M-Braves complete five-game sweep over Blue Wahoos

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — The Mississippi Braves swept the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in Friday’s doubleheader at Trustmark Park to complete a five-game series sweep. The M-Braves won both games in shutout fashion, 7-0 to improve to 32-22 on the season. Mississippi travels to Montgomery before returning to Trustmark Park Thursday, June 5.

Jason Hursh tossed a complete game shutout in game one of the doubleheader and Braeden Schlehuber drove in four runs to lead the Braves to a 7-0 victory over the Blue Wahoos. Hursh (4-4) gave up just four hits and a walk while fanning one batter to notch the victory.

The M-Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first. Emerson Landoni singled and scored on a Cedric Hunter double to left field.

Elmer Reyes singled and David Rohm reached on an error by the third baseman to start the bottom of the second. Schlehuber followed with a three-run blast into the M-Braves bullpen to extend the Braves lead to 4-0.

Hunter singled and Seth Loman walked to start the third. Joe Leonard followed with a single to right field, driving home Hunter to make it a 5-0 game. Rohm then delivered a RBI-double to right, and a sacrifice fly from Schlehuber made it a 7-0 game.

The Braves scored seven runs on eight hits while Pensacola managed just four hits. Each team committed one error. Michael Lorenzen (2-4) took the loss. He went 2.1 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, a homer and a walk. He struck out one.

The M-Braves duplicated game one in the second game of the doubleheader.

The M-Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second. Kyle Kubitza walked and Elmer Reyes singled to start the frame. Rohm followed with a RBI-single to right field, giving the M-Braves an early advantage.

Gustavo Nunez led off the third with a double to right. Daniel Carroll reached on an error, and Hunter followed with a two-run double to right, making it a 3-0 game. Kubitza then singled to put runners at the corner, and Reyes delivered a RBI-single to center. Barrett Kleinknecht’s double to left drove home Kubitza to extend, and Northcraft drove in a run to make it 6-0.

The M-Braves added one more in the fifth to make it 7-0. Kubitza and Kleinknecht both singled. Rohm then followed with a RBI-single to plate Kubitza.

Aaron Northcraft (6-2) worked five frames for the Braves, giving up just four runs and two walks. He struck out eight batters. Mikey O’Brien (2-3) gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. He struck out three and took the loss.

The M-Braves travel to Montgomery for a five-game series against the Biscuits Saturday through Wednesday. In game one of the series, M-Braves right-hander Williams Perez (3-3, 1.92) counters Biscuits lefty Grayson Garvin (0-1, 2.38). First pitch is set for 6:35 PM.

GAME 1

Pensacola Blue Wahoos:         0 R 4 H    1 E

Mississippi Braves:                  7 R       8 H    1 E

W: Jason Hursh (4-4)

L: Michael Lorenzen (2-4)

Time: 1:46

GAME 2          

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (32-22):        0 R       5 H    1 E

Mississippi Braves (22-33):                 7 R       12 H    1 E

W: Aaron Northcraft (6-2)

L: Mikey O’Brien (2-3)

Time: 2:16

Attendance: 3,316

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

Fri. 5/30 @MBraves Doubleheader Preview & Lineups: vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 4:30 PM CT

After Mother Nature washed away Thursday night’s game four between the Mississippi Braves and Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the two teams will wrap up their five-game series on Friday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 PM CT, with each game scheduled for seven innings.  Winning both would send the M-Braves to their first five-game sweep of the season and pull them within 0.5 game of the first place Mobile BayBears.

Mississippi sends 22-year-old Jason Hursh (3-4, 4.18) to the hill in game one and right-hander Aaron Northcraft (5-2, 2.77), while the Blue Wahoos counter with Michael Lorenzen (2-3, 1.99) in game one and right-hander Mikey O’Brien (2-2, 4.58) in the nightcap.

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio beginning right at 4:30 PM CT.  In between games, skipper Aaron Holbert will join the between-games show on “Inside the M-Braves Clubhouse”.

For the full report on the series with the Blue Wahoos, check out The Pensacola Blue Wahoos Dossier.

Southern League Standings

North Division:
Huntsville Stars (Brewers)                             37-17
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)                             26-27     10.5 GB
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)                 23-31     14.0 GB
Jackson Generals (Mariners)                        22-31     14.5 GB
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)               20-34    17.0 GB

South Division:
Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)               32-21
Mississippi Braves                                        30-22  1.5 GB
Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)                            29-25  3.5 GB
Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)                          26-28  6.5 GB
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds)                     22-31   10.0 GB

Starting Lineups – Game One

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (22-31)

Josh Fellhauer           CF
Rey Navarro               SS
Travis Mattair            1B
Juan Silverio              3B
Chris Berset                 C
Yorman Rodriguez  RF
Steve Selsky                LF
Brodie Greene            2B
Michael Lorenzen   RHP

Mississippi Braves (30-22)

Mycal Jones               CF
Emerson Landoni     2B
Cedric Hunter            LF
Seth Loman                1B
Joe Leonard              3B
Elmer Reyes              SS
David Rohm              RF
Braeden Schlehuber C
Jason Hursh            RHP

Setting Records, Taking Names

With Wednesday night’s 13-inning 5-4 win over the Blue Wahoos, the Mississippi Braves set a new team record for wins in a month with 19.  The M-Braves had won 18 games in a month several times, setting it originally in May 2006.

With the surge, the M-Braves have pulled to within 1.5 games of the South Division lead with just 17 games left to play, the closest they’ve been in the Southern League South race since early April when the season was still young.

Listen Live at 4:30 PM CT

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio beginning at 4:30 PM CT, with manager Aaron Holbert set to join “Inside the M-Braves Clubhouse” in between games.

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

Sun. 5/25 @MBraves Preview & Lineups: @ Chattanooga Lookouts, 5:15 PM CT

Missed opportunities plagued the M-Braves on Saturday night as they loaded the bases four times in the final five innings but couldn’t come back in a 6-3 loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Now the Braves go for the series win in Sunday’s finale, with right-hander Aaron Northcraft (4-2, 2.70) on the hill against Lookouts righty Garrett Gould (1-4, 6.21).

For the full report on the series with the Lookouts, check out The Chattanooga Lookouts Dossier.

Southern League Standings

North Division:
Huntsville Stars (Brewers)                                32-17
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)                                25-23     6.5 GB
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)                  19-29     12.5 GB
Jackson Generals (Mariners)                           19-29     12.5 GB
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)                    18-30     13.5 GB

South Division:
Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)               30-18
Mississippi Braves                                        26-22  4.0 GB
Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)                          26-22  4.0 GB
Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)                           24-24   6.0 GB
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds)                     22-27    8.5 GB

Starting Lineups

Mississippi Braves (26-22)

Mycal Jones               CF
Gustavo Nunez         SS
Cedric Hunter           LF
Seth Loman               1B
Matt Kennelly           C
Kyle Kubitza             3B
Barrett Kleinknecht 2B
Daniel Carroll           RF
Aaron Northcraft  RHP

Chattanooga Lookouts (19-29)

Darnell Sweeney          SS
Ryan Adams                  2B
Jeremy Hazelbaker    RF
O’Koyea Dickson          1B
Daniel Mayora              3B
Chris O’Brien                   C
Casio Grider                   LF
Noel Cuevas                  CF
Garrett Gould             RHP

The Garrett Gould File

The Chattanooga Lookouts go with right-hander Garrett Gould in Sunday’s series finale in his second season with the Lookouts.  Gould was a second round selection out of Maize High School in Kansas in 2009 and made 11 appearances, six starts in 2013 for Chattanooga with a 3-5 record and a 5.88 ERA.

His lone appearance against the Braves in his career came July 13, 2013, his first double-A start.  He threw five innings and allowed just two runs on five hits, but the Braves jumped on the Chattanooga pen and went on to a 7-1 win.

His last time out came on May 19 against Mobile, throwing 4 2/3 innings with five runs on six hits, walking two in the 4-3 losing effort.

Listen Live at 4:45 PM CT

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.  The “Countdown to First Pitch” begins at 4:45 PM CT, with first pitch slated for 5:15 PM CT.

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

Northcraft, @MBraves shutout Smokies

Simmons notches Southern League-leading 11th save

By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — Aaron Northcraft held the Tennessee Smokies to four hits and Shae Simmons notched his Southern League-leading 11th save as the Mississippi Braves secured a 2-0 victory Friday night at Trustmark Park. The series continues with game three Saturday at 11:00 AM.

Mississippi (22-19) scored two runs on four hits while Tennessee (23-18) managed just five hits. Northcraft (4-2) worked six frames for the Braves, limiting Tennessee to just four hits and three walks. He struck out five batters to notch the win.

Shae Simmons (S, 11) came on in the ninth and struck out the side to notch the save.

The M-Braves took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Elmer Reyes singled and moved to third on two groundouts. He then came in to score on a wild pitch.

Seth Loman walked to start the sixth and Reyes reached on an error by the shortstop. Kyle Kubitza then grounded into a force out, allowing Loman to move over to third. A wild pitch brought Loman in to score, extending the M-Braves lead to 2-0.

Corey Black (2-4) went 5.1 innings for the Smokies. He gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six batters.

The M-Braves send right-hander David Bromberg (2-2, 1.59) to the hill in game three of a five-game series at Trustmark Park Saturday. He’ll counter Smokies righty Matt Loosen (2-2, 5.97). First pitch is slated for 11:00 AM. Gates open at 10:00 AM.

The annual Pearl Day Festival will also take place in the Trustmark Park parking lot from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM followed by a free concert from Rodney Atkins at 7:00 PM.

Tennessee Smokies (23-18):   0 R       5 H    2 E

Mississippi Braves (22-19): 2 R       4 H    1 E

 

W: Aaron Northcraft (4-2)

L: Corey Black (2-4)

S: Shae Simmones (11)

 

Time: 2:37

Attendance: 3,664

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

Fri. @MBraves Preview & Lineups: vs. Tennessee Smokies, 7 PM CT

The Mississippi Braves kicked off the Tennessee series on the right foot on Thursday night, picking up a 6-5 11-inning win thanks to a walkoff single by Cedric Hunter.

The M-Braves send right-hander Aaron Northcraft (3-2, 3.29) to the hill against Smokies right-hander Corey Black (2-3, 4.06).  Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call beginning at 6:30 PM CT on 103.9 WYAB in Pearl and online through TuneIn Radio.

For the full report on the series with the Smokies, check out The Tennessee Smokies Dossier

Southern League Standings

North Division:
Huntsville Stars (Brewers)                                27-14
Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)                                23-17     3.5 GB
Jackson Generals (Mariners)                          17-23     9.5 GB
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)                 16-24     10.5 GB
Birmingham Barons (White Sox)                   16-24     10.5 GB

South Division:
Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)               24-16
Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)                          21-19   3.0 GB
Mississippi Braves                                        21-19   3.0 GB
Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)                           18-22  6.0 GB
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Reds)                     18-23  6.5 GB

Starting Lineups

Tennessee Smokies (23-17)

John Andreoli           LF
Stephen Bruno          2B
Kris Bryant                 3B
Rafael Lopez               C
Dustin Geiger             1B
Rubi Silva                   RF
Jae-Hoon Ha             CF
Wes Darvill                SS
Corey Black              RHP

Mississippi Braves (21-19)

Mycal Jones               CF
Emerson Landoni    2B
Cedric Hunter           LF
Seth Loman                1B
Elmer Reyes               SS
Kyle Kubitza              3B
Dan Carroll                 RF
Braeden Schlehuber C
Aaron Northcraft   RHP

Pitching Matchup

RHP Williams Perez (2-3, 1.50) vs. RHP Corey Black (2-3, 4.06)

Right-hander Aaron Northcraft climbs the hill for the Braves in Friday’s second game, looking to bounce back from a loss his last time out on May 11 against Montgomery.  He allowed three earned runs on six hits over five innings, walking a season high five in a game the Braves lost 4-2.  Northcraft was a 10th round pick in 2009 out of Mater Dei High School in California and checks in as the 25th best prospect in the Braves organization according to Baseball America.

The Smokies counter with right-hander Corey Black, in his first full season in the Cubs’ organization after coming over from the Yankees in the deal that put Alfonso Soriano in pinstripes.  Black, 22, was originally drafted by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Faulkner University, an NAIA school in Montgomery, AL.  His last time out came May 9, when he was roughed up by the Barons for three earned runs on three hits over three innings, taking the loss in a 6-4 final.  He was originally scheduled to start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Generals, but the game was rained out.  Baseball America tabs Black as the 15th best prospect in the Cubs’ system.

Free Baseball

The Mississippi Braves won Thursday night’s series opener 6-5 on a walkoff single by Cedric Hunter in the 11th inning.  It was their third extra inning contest of the season, and they’ve won all three on walkoff hits from Hunter, Emerson Landoni and Barrett Kleinknecht.  The game was the longest in innings (11) and time (3:52) so far in 2014.

 

Listen Live at 6:30 PM CT

Listen live to Kyle Tait on the call on 103.9 WYAB and online through TuneIn Radio.  The “Countdown to First Pitch” begins at 6:30 PM CT with RHP Williams Perez scheduled to join 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

Biscuits defeat @MBraves, stop win streak

Montgomery ends Braves’ five-game winning streak
By: Miranda Black, Mississippi Braves

PEARL, MS — The Montgomery Biscuits defeated the Mississippi Braves 4-2 at Trustmark Park on Mother’s Day, ending the M-Braves win streak at five games. The series continues with game three of five Monday at 7:00 PM.

Mississippi (18-18) scored two runs on two hits. Montgomery (20-16) plated four runs on nine hits. Mycal Jones, Cedric Hunter, Elmer Reyes and Dan Carroll all collected two hits apiece. Kyle Kubitza walked three times.

Montgomery jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. Ryan Brett singled and stole second. A Taylor Motter single put runners at the corners with no outs. Cameron Seitzer then grounded out, allowing Brett to score the game’s first run.

Seitzer walked and Willie Argo doubled to left. Jeremy Moore then singled to right, driving in Seitzer to extend the Biscuits lead to 2-0. Jeff Malm and Luke Bailey followed with back-to-back walks to plate another run and make it a 3-0 game.

The M-Braves made it a 3-1 game in the fourth. Reyes singled and stole second. Kubitza walked and Barrett Kleinknecht delivered a single to left field to load the bases. Carroll followed with a RBI-single to left, scoring Reyes from third.

Brett reach on a bunt single to start the Biscuits’ sixth. He took second on an errant throw by the catcher before scoring on Motter’s double to left field, extending Montgomery’s lead to 4-1.

Jones led off the seventh with a bunt single to second. He stole second and third before coming in to score on a wild pitch, cutting the Biscuits lead to 4-2.

Victor Mateo (5-3) limited the Braves to one earned run on seven hits and three walks. He struck out two in five innings pitched to pick up the win. Aaron Northcraft (3-2) surrendered the loss, giving up three earned runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out two batters in five innings. Andrew Bellatti worked the final two frames to notch the save.

In game three of the series Monday night, M-Braves right-hander David Bromberg (1-2, 2.01) counters Biscuits righty Dylan Floro (2-3, 5.92). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.


Montgomery Biscuits (20-16): 4 R       9 H    0 E

Mississippi Braves (18-18): 2 R       10 H    1 E 

W: Victor Mateo (5-3)

L: Aaron Northcraft (3-2)

S: Andrew Bellatti (4)

 Time: 2:59

Attendance: 2,041–

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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