M-Braves jump out to 4-0 lead over Generals before rain suspends game in third inning

Drew Waters began the night 2-for-2 with a triple and single

By Chris Harris / Mississippi Braves | June 8, 2019 9:57 PM

JACKSON, TN - Saturday night's game between the Mississippi Braves and Jackson Generals has been suspended due to rain with the M-Braves leading 4-0. The game will be resumed on Sunday at 2:05 pm and will be completed through nine innings, followed by a seven-inning game. 

Saturday's contest began in a rain shower, but that didn't slow down the M-Braves offense in the top of the first inning. Drew Waters  ripped a one-out triple to the gap in right-center to start a rally. Waters leads the league with eight triples and 30 extra-base hits. Jackson starter Bo Takahashi walked Riley Unroe to put two on base for Ryan Casteel , who blasted a 396-foot three-run homer down the left-field line. 

Cristian Pache  and Waters opened the top of the third inning with back-to-back singles. Unroe's deep fly out to center moved each up 90 feet. Casteel struck again - this time on a single scoring Pache to make 4-0 M-Braves. 

Tucker Davidson  cruised through the first two innings, striking out three in the first and facing the minimum in the second inning. With one out in the third inning, Davidson walked Ben DeLuzio and on an errant pickoff throw at first base by William Contreras moved to third base. Facing Daulton Varsho, the rain began to fall again, and with a 1-1 count, the umpires called for the tarp. Davidson will be credited for working 2.1 innings on 51 pitches, striking out three and walking one. He is responsible for the runner at third base when play resumes on Sunday. 

Waters is halfway to the cycle in the third inning having already knocked out the triple and single, going 2-for-2 with a run to start the game. The 20-year-old from Woodstock, Georgia has fallen a homer shy of the cycle twice over the last week. 

The scheduled starters for game two on Sunday are RHP Jasseel De La Cruz  (1-2, 4.76) for the M-Braves and RHP Riley Smith (4-3, .65) for the Generals. First pitch is set for 6:05 pm with coverage beginning at 5:50 pm on 103.9 WYAB, TuneIn Radio, MiLB First Pitch app. and MiLB.TV (subscription required).

The M-Braves return to Trustmark Park to close out the first half, June 12-16 for six games in five days against the Mobile BayBears.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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