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Streaking! M-Braves win third-straight on Wednesday, using three more home runs

Odalvi Javier struck out six over 5.0 innings and got support by homers from Jefrey Ramos, Trey Harris and Braden Shewmake
June 9, 2021

BILOXI, MS - The Mississippi Braves hit three more home runs on Wednesday night and held off a ninth-inning comeback bid to beat Biloxi for the second-straight day, 5-4. The win is the M-Braves' third in-a-row, placing them a season-best two games over .500 at 17-15. Mississippi is now 5-3

*_BILOXI, MS *_- The Mississippi Braves hit three more home runs on Wednesday night and held off a ninth-inning comeback bid to beat Biloxi for the second-straight day, 5-4. The win is the M-Braves' third in-a-row, placing them a season-best two games over .500 at 17-15. Mississippi is now 5-3 on the road trip and 9-3 over their last 12 games.

Pitching ruled most of the game for the Braves in game two of the series, and it began with starter Odalvi Javier (W, 3-0). The 24-year-old turned in his most impressive performance of 2021 with 5.0 innings of one-run baseball, walking none and striking out six, lowering his ERA to 1.40 in six starts. After giving up a run in the first inning, Javier retired 13 of the final 14 Biloxi batters to close his outing and eventually record a third-straight win.

Meanwhile, the Pearl Bombers gave him some run support. The M-Braves responded to Biloxi's first-inning run in the second when Jefrey Ramos smashed a two-run home run to left. The homer off of Biloxi starter Leo Crawford (L, 1-3) was his first on the season.

Trey Harris hit his first home run of the year in the top of the sixth inning against reliever JT Hintzen to make it 3-1. Harris had been robbed twice of a homer this season, and finally was able to log his first round-tripper on Wednesday.

In the seventh, Braden Shewmake sliced a Hintzen pitch down the left-field line that cleared the fair pole and extended the Braves lead to 5-1. The two-run homer was Shewmake's second of the year, both coming at MGM Park. With three home runs on Wednesday, Mississippi has 34 on the year, third-most in the Double-A South and 11 over the last three games played in Biloxi. The Shuckers have given up a Double-A worst 53 long balls this year.

The Braves bullpen took over in the sixth inning and picked up where Javier left off. Brooks Wilson retired six-straight batters over 2.0 innings with three strikeouts and Chris Nunn struck out the side in the eighth inning. Going into the ninth inning, M-Braves pitchers had retired 14-straight batters and 22 of 23 since the first inning.

The five runs would all be needed in the ninth as Lucas Erceg belted a two-out, three-run home run off of Troy Bacon to pull the Shuckers within a run. The homer was the first allowed this season by Bacon, who still maintains an impressive 2.45 ERA. The 24-year-old bounced back to strike out Tristan Lutz to end the game.

The M-Braves are now 4-4 against Biloxi this season, with all eight games being played on the road. The two teams will meet 30 times this season.

The M-Braves will go for their fourth-straight win on Thursday night in game three of the series at Biloxi. RHP AJ Puckett (0-1, 3.18) will start for the M-Braves against LHP Nick Bennett (1-1, 8.10) for Biloxi. The first pitch is 6:35 pm with coverage on 103.9 WYAB, FirstPitch App, and mississippibraves.com.

The M-Braves will return to Trustmark Park on June 15 to begin a 12-game homestand against the Birmingham Barons and Tennessee Smokies. The homestand will feature two great giveaways. On Friday, June 18, the first 1,000 fans will get a Mississippi Braves beach towel, showcasing a panoramic photo of Trustmark Park, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. The first 1,500 fans on Friday, June 25, will get a Freddie Freeman replica jersey presented by Morgan & Morgan!

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