Mississippi Braves Beat The Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3-2

May 29, 2017

Pensacola Blue Wahoos starter Keury Mella left the game after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings. But the usually reliable Pensacola bullpen gave up three runs to Mississippi Braves in the seventh inning.

The rare blown save opportunity Sunday at Trustmark Park, allowed Mississippi to steal a, 3-2, victory.

Mella bounced back after the Mobile BayBears chased him in his last outing by scoring eight runs in the first 3.2 innings. But against Mississippi he allowed five hits, one walk and struck out four.

The right-hander left the game with runners on first and third base in the sixth inning for Pensacola reliever Robert Stock, who got out of the jam by getting Braves right fielder Keith Curcio to ground out into a double play.

But in the seventh inning, the Mississippi Braves scored three runs on Stock when he loaded the bases with two walks and a single. Stock, making his second appearance for Pensacola, gave up the first run when pinch hitter Levi Hyams grounded out softly to second base but scored left fielder Jared James from third base.

Mississippi took the lead, 3-2, when Blue Wahoos reliever Ariel Hernandez replaced Stock and threw a wild pitch that allowed both catcher Kade Scivicque and shortstop Reed Harper to score, giving the Braves a, 3-2, victory. Hernandez also made an error on the scoring play when he missed a throw at home from Pensacola catcher Adrian Nieto.

Stock, called up from High-A Daytona Tortugas this past week, dropped to 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

Pensacola did take the series, 3-2, but dropped to 9-10 in one-run games. It fell to 28-22 in the Southern League South Division. However, the Blue Wahoos remain in first place two games ahead of the Biloxi Shuckers.

The Blue Wahoos led Mississippi, 2-0, when Braves starter Michael Madder struggled in the second inning to throw strikes. Madder gave up one hit and his four walks in the game to the Blue Wahoos, which allowed both second baseman Angelo Gumbs and third baseman Alex Blandino to score.

Pensacola’s latest lineup earned three hits — two off Madder and one off of Braves reliever Jesse Biddle — and walked six times in Sunday’s game. Mississippi pitching dominated the Blue Wahoos, which had runners in scoring position in just the second and eighth innings.

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