BayBears punish M-Braves

Published 11:42 am Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Mobile BayBears jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first three innings to pull away from the Mississippi Braves, 14-6, in the opener of a five-game series at Trustmark Park.

Mobile starter Tyler Skaggs (2-1) went six innings. He limited the Braves to just one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out six.

In his worst start of the season, Randall Delgado (5-5) lasted only 2 2⁄3 innings. He gave up 10 runs on six hits with a homer, four walks, and two strikeouts.

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Paul Goldschmidt launched his Southern League-leading 30th home run of the season in the top of the first, giving the BayBears a quick 2-0 lead.

An RBI single by Adam Eaton in the top of the second drove in Ed Easley from second, extending Mobile’s lead to 3-0. Easley had singled and advanced to second on a missed catcher error by Willie Cabrera.

Ed Lucas led off the Braves’ half of the second with a single to right field. Cory Harrilchak followed with a single, and Braeden Schlehuber reached on an error to score Lucas and cut the BayBears’ lead to 3-1.

A.J. Pollock led off the fifth with a double and scored on an error by Cabrera, who was taken out on the slide at second while attempting to turn a double play.

Mobile added runs in the sixth and seventh frames to extend its lead to 14-1.

The Braves added a run in the seventh, when Ed Lucas doubled and scored on Schlehuber double to make it a 14-2 game.

Antoan Richardson walked and moved to third on a Dan Nelson single. Richardson scored on a wild pitch. A groundout by Donell Linares moved Nelson to third. Lucas reached on an error, allowing Nelson to score.

With runners on second and third, Schlehuber singled to right field, plating Lucas and closing the gap to 14-5