Mississippi Braves snap three-game skid, rout Lookouts

Published 12:15 pm Monday, July 16, 2012

From staff reports

The Mississippi Braves took out a little frustration and picked up a big win too.

The M-Braves ended their three-game losing streak with a 15-5 drubbing of the Chattanooga Lookouts Sunday at Trustmark Park. Todd Cunningham and Phil Gosselin led the M-Braves with three hits apiece. Gosselin finished with three RBIs.

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The game was a tight one through the first two innings. Chattanooga jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Nick Buss singled and stole second base. Blake Smith walked before Kyle Russell

delivered a two-run double to left field.

The M-Braves grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Cunningham and Gosselin singled to lead off the frame. Joey Terdoslavich grounded into a double play, moving Cunningham over to third. Tim Smith and Joe Leonard followed with walks to load the bases to set up Christian Marrero, who came through with a bases-clearing double to put the M-Braves up 3-2.

Jake Lemmerman and Gorman Erickson singled to start the Chattanooga half of the second. After a groundout advanced Lemmerman to third, Buss singled to center field to drive him home and tie the game.

But that would be as close as the Lookouts got.

Gosselin launched a three-run home run into the M-Braves bullpen to put the Braves out front 6-3 in the second. Jason Christian and Cunningham reached on singles prior to Gosselin’s first long ball of the season.

Mississippi added two more runs in the third to extend its lead to 8-3. Gary Moran drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Marrero, and Cunningham drove home Kennelly with a groundout to short.

Terdoslavich launched his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth, to extend the M-Braves’ lead to 9-3. Gary Moran (3-7) earn the win in 62⁄3 innings for the M-Braves.