PEARL, MS -- The Mississippi Braves (6-5) lost 4-1 to the visiting Mobile BayBears (4-7) in extra innings Monday night at Trustmark Park, game one of a five game series. The M-Braves were unable to generate enough offense to support a stellar pitching performance from Patrick Weigel, Philip Pfiefer and Danny Reynolds.
Starter Patrick Weigel (1-0) delivered his third impressive start of the season Monday night, giving up only one run on four hits in five and two-thirds innings of work. Weigel struck out seven without walking a single batter before leaving in the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on second, getting his second no-decision in as many outings. In three starts this season, the Braves' number 15 prospect has given up three runs and struck out 18, but only picked up one victory.
Philip Pfiefer entered in relief of Weigel in the sixth, and worked around four walks in his short stint to keep the BayBears off the scoreboard until giving way to Reynolds in the eighth. Reynolds was perfect in the eighth and ninth, but walked the leadoff batter in the tenth before giving way to Evan Phillips with a runner on second and one out. Phillips gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Bo Way, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Two batters later, catcher Jose Briceno sent a line drive onto the grassy knoll over the left field wall for a two-run home run, putting the score at 4-1 and sealing the victory for Mobile.
BayBears' right-hander Tyler Carpenter was just as impressive as Weigel, giving up one run on four hits over seven innings of work, striking out six as well. Cody Buckel pitched two scoreless innings in relief to get the win, while Eduardo Paredes picked up the save in the tenth.
At the plate, the M-Braves struggled to put runners on base all night, compiling only five hits and two walks, with one batter reaching on an error. Left fielder Jared James was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a triple. His triple in the third knocked in the only M-Braves run, scoring Kade Scivique from second after his two-out double.
The series continues at 7:00 PM Tuesday evening at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Fans can listen live on 103.9 FM or wyab.com.
Mississippi (6-5): 1R - 5H - 0E
Mobile (4-7): 4R - 7H - 1E
The Mississippi Braves baseball team is the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Since the inaugural 2005 season, over 115 M-Braves have gone on to play in the big leagues. The M-Braves have made postseason play four times and went on to win the Southern League Championship in 2008. Tickets are on sale now. Stop by Trustmark Park or call 888-BRAVES4 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. For the latest news and updates, visit mississippibraves.com or connect with @mbraves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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