PEARL, MS - The Mississippi Braves (29-39, 62-75) committed four errors that led to five unearned runs on Saturday night, and the Chattanooga Lookouts (25-40, 61-73) took full advantage in a 9-2 series-clinching victory at Trustmark Park.
Jonathan Aro (L 3-3) made his second straight start for the M-Braves and let in single runs in the first and second innings and three runs in the third inning. The Lookouts took advantage of two M-Braves errors and collected three hits to take a 5-0 lead. Aro ended up allowing the five runs, but just three earned, on seven hits with no walks and a strikeout.
The Braves finally cracked the scoreboard in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles from Riley Unroe and Connor Lien . The duo each had two hits on Saturday night and went 4-for-8. They are a combined 12-for-24 in the series with five doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI.
Jordan Harrison took the baton from Aro and worked 3.0 scoreless frames and struck out three, keeping the score at 5-1. Harrison has given up just one run over his last 11.1 innings and four outings.
Chattanooga broke the game open in the eighth inning and struck for four runs to run the lead to 9-2. Two errors and three walks led to the four runs scoring. The M-Braves tacked a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring the final score to 9-3.
The M-Braves reached double-digit hits on Saturday, and four players had multiple hits. William Contreras led the way by going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Game four of the final five-game series is on Sunday at Trustmark Park. RHP Nolan Kingham (1-3, 4.39) starts for the Braves against LHP Reiver Sanmartin (2-7, 4.68) for Chattanooga. First pitch is set for 5:05 pm with coverage beginning at 4:50 pm on 103.9 WYAB, TuneIn Radio, First Pitch App. and MiLB.tv (subscription required).
Ronald Acuña Jr. Bobblehead Giveaway - The first 800 fans on Sunday, Sept. 1 will receive a bobblehead doll of former Mississippi Brave Ronald Acuña Jr.
Photo With a Brave Day - Fans are invited down to the field pre-game to take pictures and get autographs from their favorite M-Braves!
Mugshots Sunday Family Fun Day - Take advantage of a ticket deal and bring out the entire family. Receive (1) Dugout Level seat, (1) hot dog, (1) 16 oz fountain soda, (1) small popcorn, (1) M-Braves cap, and (1) FREE Fun Zone wristband FOR ONLY $18. Additional tickets with extras are $18 each. (AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE ONLY).
Kids Run The Bases - After each Friday and Sunday home game, kids 14-and-under are invited run the bases like the M-Braves after the game!
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