KODAK, TN -- For the second time in four games the Tennessee Smokies came from behind to defeat the Mississippi Braves with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, claiming a 3-2 victory in game one. The Braves responded as Mike Soroka dominated game two to lead the M-Braves to a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Max Fried (0-1) got his second start for the Braves and pitched like an Atlanta top prospect. After a leadoff single and a hit batter to start the game, Fried settled in and retired 11 batters in a row at one point but did not factor in the decision.
The Braves scored first via solo home runs in the sixth from Carlos Franco and Joey Meneses to take a 2-0 lead.
Chad Sobotka (0-1) relieved Fried and gave up one run in the bottom of the sixth and entered the seventh still leading 2-1. With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run to tie the game and send game one of the doubleheader to extra innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Erick Castillo hit a pinch-hit single to right, scoring the winning run from second and securing the Smokies victory.
Soroka (2-0) was outstanding in game two shutting out the Smokies for six and two-thirds to pick up his second win of the season as the Braves defeated Tennessee 3-1.
Mississippi (6-4) got off to a quick start in game two when Jared James stretched out a double to begin the game and scored on a RBI-single from Travis Demeritte.
The Braves scored two more in the second when Connor Lien hit a RBI-triple to bring home Dylan Moore who had reached base after being hit by a pitch. Lien then scored on Armando Araiza's ground out to give Mississippi a 3-0 lead over Tennessee (4-6).
That's all the support Soroka needed, tossing six and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball giving up just two hits and striking out seven before giving up a solo home run to Jason Vosler. Akeel Morris (S,3) came in to retire the final batter and secure the Braves 3-1 win and the series victory three-games-to-two.
W - Daury Torrez
L - Chad Sobotka
W - Mike Soroka (2-0)
L - Preston Morrison (0-1)
S - Akeel Morris (0-0-3)
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