Mississippi Braves snap losing streak

Published 12:05 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Mississippi Braves got a strong pitching performance from Jacob Thompson and took advantage of four errors to win the finale of a five-game series with Montgomery on Monday at Trustmark Park.

Thompson (8-8) worked six strong innings, scattering six hits and giving up just two runs with three strikeouts. Erik Cordier pitched two shutout innings of relief and Juan Abreu worked the ninth for the save, his seventh of the season.

The M-Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the first after Antoan Richardson singled and later stole second base.

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Eric Duncan reached later on a one-out error that allowed Richardson to score.

But that was all the M-Braves managed as Mauro Gomez struck out and Dan Nelson grounded out to end the inning.

In the fourth, the Biscuits got cooking. Jose Ruiz doubled to score Craig Albernaz and Emeel Salem, giving Montgomery a 2-1 lead.

The M-Braves tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Orlando Mercado singled to drive in Dan Nelson.

In the fifth, the M-Braves took the lead off another Montgomery miscue. Richardson led off with a single and Tyler Pastornicky reached on an error. Richardson advanced to third on the second error of the inning. The next batter, Eric Duncan, struck out swinging, but a wild pitch allowed Richardson to score.

Again, that was all the M-Braves could get. Gomez popped out to first base and Michael Daniel grounded out to end the inning.

In the seventh, the M-Braves got some insurance, as Duncan doubled in Richardson to provide the final margin.

Montgomery reliever Ryan Reid took the loss.

The M-Braves (53-66) return to action Wednesday with the start of a five-game series on the road against Tennessee. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on 103.9 FM.