PEARL, MS - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (71-57, 33-25) clinched the series against the Mississippi Braves (59-69, 26-33) in an 8-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Trustmark Park.
The loss dropped Mississippi to 3-7 over the homestand and 1-4 in the current series.
M-Braves starter Nolan Kingham (L, 1-2) retired the first seven Blue Wahoos hitters on Wednesday before running into trouble in the third inning. Alex Kirilloff brought home Pensacola's first run with a single, Royce Lewis followed with a double and Trevor Larnach made it 3-0 with another single.
Mark Contreras and Jimmy Kerrigan hit back-to-back home runs to begin the fourth inning and then Trevor Larnach pushed their lead to 7-0 on a two-run single. The three first-round Minnesota Twins selections at the top of the Blue Wahoos lineup combined for seven of their 13 hits. Kingham gave up seven runs on eight hits over 3.2 innings with two walks and four strikeouts in his fourth Double-A start.
Jordan Harrison matched a season-high with 3.0 innings of two-hit baseball, walking two and striking out two. Jason Hursh pitched the final 2.1 innings with one run allowed on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
The M-Braves couldn't solve Pensacola 6'9" right-hander Bailey Ober (W, 2-0) in his second Double-A start. Over 7.0 shutout innings, Ober matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts.
Lane Adams helped Mississippi avoid being shu tout in the eighth inning against Blue Wahoos reliever Tom Hackimer. Alejandro Salazar collected one of his two hits with a one-out single, and Riley Unroe drew a two-out walk before Adams brought both home on a double to the left-field corner. Adams' first M-Braves hit made it 8-2.
The 11-game homestand concludes on Thursday night at Trustmark Park. RHP Claudio Custodio (4-4, 2.38) makes the start for Mississippi against Pensacola RHP Adam Bray (3-3, 2.54). First pitch is set for 6:35 pm with coverage beginning at 6:20 pm on 103.9 WYAB, TuneIn Radio, First Pitch App. and MiLB.tv (subscription required).
Sonic Boom JSU University Band Pregame Performance - The Sonic Boom, Jackson State University Band, will perform at Trustmark Park at 5:45 pm just before the 6:35 pm first pitch.
Thirsty Thursday - 16 oz. Domestic beer and 16 oz. Fountain drinks will be $2 each.
M-Braves Cornhole Tournaments - Join us on Thursdays this season for M-Braves Cornhole Tournaments presented by Central MS Corn-Hole & Good Times! Every Thirsty Thursday at Trustmark Park (13 of them) we'll have competitive tournaments outside the Farm Bureau Grill on the right-field concourse starting at 6:00 pm. Great cash & prizes to winners! $5 entry per player.
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