JACKSON, TN - The Mississippi Braves and Jackson Generals restarted Saturday night's game in the bottom of the third inning on Sunday at 2:05 pm and the clubs played almost one full inning before rains halted play once again.
Sunday's scheduled starter Jasseel De La Cruz took over for Davidson in the bottom of the third inning and inherited a runner at third base with one out. Daulton Varsho had a 1-1 count on him when play resumed, and he hit a sacrifice fly to left scoring Ben Deluzio from third to cut the M-Braves lead to 4-1.
Bryan Valdez pitched a scoreless inning in the top of the fourth inning, but then in the bottom of the fourth inning, De La Cruz loaded the bases with two outs on three walks. Facing Valdez, Jackson's pitcher, dark clouds rolled in overhead, and with an 0-2 count, the tarp was brought back onto the field.
After just over an hour delay the game was suspended for a second time. The game will be picked up again on Monday at 5:05 pm with a seven-inning game to follow. A doubleheader is now scheduled for Tuesday's final day of the series, which begins at 12:05 pm.
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 once again, and with count 1-1, the umpires called for the tarp. Davidson was credited for working 2.1 innings on 51 pitches, striking out three and walking one, giving up one run.
Monday's pitching matchups are to be determined. First pitch of the game resumption is scheduled for 5:05 pm with a seven-inning game to follow. Coverage begins at 5:00 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.
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