Generals stop M-Braves’ winning streak at three

Published 11:40 am Thursday, July 7, 2011

Well, that was fun while it lasted.

The Jackson Generals scored three runs in the sixth inning to wipe out an early two-run deficit, and went on to beat the Mississippi Braves 4-2 on Wednesday night. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the M-Braves that tied a season-high, and they slipped back to .500 in the second half of the Southern League season.

Cory Harrilchak went 2-for-3, including a two-run homer that gave the M-Braves a 2-0 lead in the second inning. They couldn’t hold it, though.

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Brandon Haveman’s RBI single in the fifth inning cut the deficit in half for the Generals. Then, in the sixth, they used four hits and a walk to take the lead for good. Scott Savastano led off with a double and scored the tying run on a base hit by Rich Poythress. Joseph Dunigan followed with another RBI single to give Jackson a 3-2 lead, and Poythress scored on a sacrifice fly for the final run of the inning.

The Generals needed five pitchers to keep Mississippi in check after starter Andrew Carraway was ejected in the second inning for hitting Ernesto Mejia with a pitch. The third in line, Stephen Penney (4-2), threw 1 2/3 innings to get the win and Steve Delabar pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. In all, the Generals’ staff allowed three hits and three walks, and struck out seven.

Arodys Vizcaino (2-3) took the loss despite a solid outing. He allowed four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

The M-Braves and Generals finish their four-game series at Trustmark Park tonight at 7:05.