Jackson, TN - The Mississippi Braves were stifled on Tuesday night by Brett Ash and the Jackson Generals, who picked up a 2-0 win at the Ballpark at Jackson to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series.
Ash (2-0) threw seven innings of shutout baseball on five hits, and former M-Brave Ryne Harper (S, 1) struck out four over the final two innings to complete the shutout.
The Generals broke through in the fifth inning when Adam Law hit his first home run of the postseason off Braves starter Sean Newcomb (0-1). The solo shot made it 1-0 to lead off the inning.
In the sixth, Leon Landry drew a two out walk on four pitches, and Tyler Marlette doubled off the right field wall for an RBI and a 2-0 lead.
Newcomb took the loss, allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings. David Peterson pitched a scoreless two innings in relief, working around three walks.
The M-Braves went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left five on base.
Now the series heads south to Pearl, MS and Trustmark Park with Jackson leading 2-0 in the best-of-five series. The Braves have to win three straight to take the title, and they turn to Patrick Weigel (1-2, 2.18) on Thursday night to turn the series around. He'll face Generals right-hander Paul Blackburn (9-5, 3.27), with first pitch set for 7:00 PM CT.
Mississippi Braves (0-2) 0 R 5 H 0 E
Jackson Generals (2-0) 2 R 8 H 0 E
W - Ash (2-0)
L - Newcomb (0-1)
S - Harper (1)
Time: 2:13 (:25 delay)