PEARL, MS -- The Montgomery Biscuits used two solo homers to sink the Mississippi Braves 2-1 in the series finale at Trustmark Park Saturday evening. The Braves now travel to Mobile to play an extremely important five-game series with the BayBears Sunday through Thursday.
The M-Braves threated in the ninth but the rally fell short. Daniel Castro led off with a base hit to right field. Braeden Schlehuber followed with a double to left, but the left fielder bobbled the ball and allowed Castro to score from third-making it a one-run game. Kyle Wren then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Schlehuber to third. However, a ground out and a fly out ended the game.
Mississippi (32-23, 71-53) plated one run on nine hits while Montgomery (24-31, 59-66) scored two runs on just five hits. The Biscuits also committed three errors. For Mississippi, Castro and Schlehuber both collected two-hit nights at the plate. Justin O'Conner was the only Biscuits to record a multi-hit game.
Mitch Atkins (5-1) struck out 10 Biscuits but suffered his first loss of the season. He gave up one earned run (a homer) on just four hits and a walk. Ryne Harper worked the final two frames, giving up a homer while fanning three.
Victor Mateo (11-9) held the Braves to seven hits and five walks while striking out one in seven innings pitched. Matt Lollis came on in the ninth but gave up a run and the Biscuits were forced to turn to Braulio Lara (S, 3). Lara recorded the final out to save the game for Montgomery.
Mississippi threated a couple of times early in the game, loading the bases in the third and fifth innings but they could not plate a run.
The M-Braves and Biscuits entered the seventh inning still scoreless. Richie Shaffer then blasted a solo home run into the Braves bullpen to give Montgomery a 1-0 lead. It was Shaffer's 14th long ball of the season.
Jeff Malm launched a solo shot in the eighth to extend the Biscuits lead to 2-0.
The M-Braves travel to Mobile for a crucial five-game series against the BayBears. In game one, M-Braves right-hander Jason Hursh (11-6, 3.27) takes the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM.
Montgomery Biscuits (24-31, 59-66): 2 R 5 H 3 E
Mississippi Braves (32-23, 71-53): 1 R 9 H 0 E
W: Victor Mateo (11-9)
L: Mitch Atkins (5-1)
S: Braulio Lara (3)
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