M-Braves get a split against BayBears

Published 11:53 am Tuesday, June 28, 2011

After the Mississippi Braves concluded a postponed game from Sunday with a 4-3 victory and secured the series victory, Mobile (2-3, 40-35) responded to take the series finale, 7-3. Paul Goldschmidt doubled to drive in Jacob Elmore in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Elmore drew a walk to extend the BayBears’ lead to 5-3. Goldschmidt grounded into what looked to be a an inning-ending double play, but a wild throw by M-Braves’ shortstop Tyler Pastornicky allowed a second run to come in on the play and extend Mobile’s lead to 7-3.

Mississippi (3-2, 28-47) took a 3-0 lead in the first frame. Pastornicky singled and took second on a passed ball. He stole third and scored on an Ernesto Mejia single to center field. Donell Linares followed with another single. Cory Harrilchak delivered an RBI single to plate Mejia and Linares scored on an errant throw.

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Marc Krauss tripled and scored on an Ed Easley infield single for the BayBears.

A two-run single by Taylor Harbin tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the third for the BayBears.

Josh Ellis (1-1) worked one inning to pick up the win, and Ryan Cook worked the final 11⁄3 innings to notch his seventh save of the season. Luis Avilan (1-4) surrendered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run on one hit in 11⁄3 innings pitched.

Paul Clemens did not factor in the decision, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings pitched. Mobile starter Jarrod Parker went five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Due to a power outage in the area surrounding Trustmark Park, the M-Braves and BayBears were forced to postpone Sunday’s contest to Monday night with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Braves leading 4-1.

With Josh Ford on first base, Ollie Linton picked up with an 0-1 count from yesterday’s suspended game. Linton tripled to deep right field on reliever Rowdy Hardy’s third pitch, plating Josh Ford. Linton then came in to score on a wild pitch, cutting the M-Braves’ lead to 4-3 before A.J. Pollock flew out to right field to end the game.

In the second game, Brett Oberholtzer (4-8) was credited with the win, breaking a five-game losing skid. Hardy notched his first save of the season with 1⁄3 of an inning of work while Patrick Corbin (6-4) took the loss.