M-Braves mount comeback, walkoff in the ninth

Braves score six runs in the eighth and ninth to claim 6-5 victory over Lookouts

By Miranda Black / Mississippi Braves | April 20, 2015 10:00 PM

PEARL, MS -- The Mississippi Braves scored four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to walkoff with a 6-5 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Trustmark Park Monday evening. The series continues with game two of five Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

 

Seth Loman led off the ninth with a single to center. Matt Lipka then entered the game as a pinch runner before David Rohm delivered a game-tying triple to right field. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with no outs before Steve Rodriguez ended the game with a game-winning squeeze to secure the walkoff victory.

 

Mississippi (6-4) scored six runs on six hits while Chattanooga (6-4) plated five runs on seven hits. The M-Braves trailed 5-0 until the eighth inning.

 

Joseph led off with a walk, and Rodriguez singled to put runners at the corners. Emerson Landoni was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Mallex Smith followed with a two-run double to right field, cutting the Lookouts lead to 5-2. A ground out from Daniel Castro added another run before Rio Ruiz's sacrifice fly to center field made it a one-run game.

 

The Braves then added two in the ninth to steal a victory from Chattanooga.

 

The Lookouts jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third. Stu Turner singled and stole second. Jason Hursh then walked four straight batters with two out, allowing Chattanooga to take a 2-0 lead. Travis Harrison then followed with a two-run single to left field.

 

Jorge Polanco led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer to right field, his second long ball of the season, to put the Lookouts out front 5-0. The score stood until the eighth when the M-Braves mounted a comeback and walked off with the win.

 

Jason Hursh tossed 4.1 innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits, a home run and four walks. He struck out two batters. Ryan Weber, Mark Lamm and Justin Jackson (1-0) worked 4.2 scoreless inning of one-hit baseball. Jackson picked up the victory.

 

Alex Wimmers worked five shutout innings. He allowed just one hit while fanning three in his Lookouts debut. Jake Reed (0-1) blew the save and took the loss for Chattanooga, giving up two earned runs on two hits without recording an out.

                        

In game two of this five-game series against the Lookouts, M-Braves right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (0-1, 2.35) counters Chattanooga righty Tyler Duffey (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is slated for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.

 

Chattanooga Lookouts (6-4): 5 R       7 H    1 E

Mississippi Braves (6-4):         6 R       6 H    0 E

 

W: Justin Jackson (1-0)

L: Jake Reed (0-1)

 

Time: 2:36

Attendance: 1,577

The Mississippi Braves is the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Since making the move from Greenville, SC, in 2005, over 90 M-Braves have gone on to play in the big leagues. The M-Braves have made postseason play three 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, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Follow the Mississippi Braves atmississippibraves.comfacebook.com/mbraves, and twitter.com/mbraves.

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