Mississippi Braves Fall in Third Straight to Birmingham, 7-4 Three-run bottom of the sixth puts the Barons ahead for good; Braves fall to 4-9 in 2011.

Hoover, AL – The Mississippi Braves led 4-2 through five innings on Wednesday afternoon, but the bullpen couldn’t hold down the lead as the Birmingham Barons won 7-4 on a rainy day at Regions Park.


After an hour and twenty minute rain delay, Paul Clemens went five innings, giving up seven hits.  The only two runs he gave up came on a two-run home run in the first inning by Drew Garcia, staking Birmingham out to a 2-0 lead.


Mississippi came back in the fourth, sending all nine batters to the plate in a four-run inning.  Jordan Kreke led off the inning with a single, his first of two on the day, and came in two batters later on a Tyler Pastornicky triple.  Willie Cabrera then hit a single to score Pastornicky, tying the game at 2-2.  A walk to Ernesto Mejia put runners on first and second, and a two-base throwing error on a pickoff by starter Justin Edwards scored Cabrera.  Mejia then came in on a CJ Retherford RBI single.


Birmingham wouldn’t go down quietly.  The Barons led off the bottom of the sixth with three straight hits—singles by Greg Paiml and Jared Price, then a two-run double by Justin Greene to tie the game, 4-4.  After a groundout moved Greene up to third, he scored the go-ahead run on a Garcia sacrifice fly.  Garcia drove in four runs on the afternoon.


Starter Justin Edwards pitched five innings for five hits and three earned runs in the no-decision.  He struck out three, walked three, and hit a batter.


Reliever Shane Lindsay (1-1) picked up the win for Birmingham, pitching scoreless sixth and seventh innings. He was the pitcher of record when Birmingham scored three in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead, 5-4. Braves’ reliever Richard Sullivan (0-1) took the loss, pitching the sixth, giving up three hits for three runs.


Mississippi and Birmingham meet for game four of five on Thursday night.  A 7:05 PM CDT first pitch pits RHP JJ Hoover (0-0, 2.79) against Barons’ LHP Charles Leesman (2-0, 1.59).


Mississippi Braves (4-9)        4 R      8 H      1 E

Birmingham Barons (7-6)       7 R      13 H    2 E


W – Lindsay (1-1)

L – Sullivan (0-1)

S – Jones, N (1)


Attendance: 2,885

Time: 2:50 (1:24 rain delay)