Left-hander Wade Miley tossed seven scoreless innings in his Double-A debut, but he would not be around for the decision as the Mississippi Braves scored twice in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory over the BayBears on Thursday night at Trustmark Park.
Miley and Mississippi starter Brandon Beachy were entrenched in a pitcher's duel through the first seven frames, as neither man budged. Beachy surrendered only two hits while fanning seven. His only trouble came in the first when Evan Frey walked, stole second, and took third on a throwing error by Jesus Sucre with no outs. Frey was stranded at third after two strikeouts plus a Collin Cowgill caught stealing to end the threat.
Miley was just as durable, limiting the Braves to five hits and punching out eight while walking only one. He was going to take the hill in the bottom of the eighth but left with an apparent injury after he had to run the bases in the top of the eighth due to an infield single.
Bryan Shaw (2-7) replaced Miley in his first relief outing of the year and tossed a perfect inning to maintain a 0-0 tie into the top of the ninth. Cowgill reached base to start the ninth inning on an error by third baseman Donell Linares. He was quickly batted around to score on consecutive singles by Kory Casto and Ed Easley to put the BayBears on the board.
Juan Abreu (3-0) skirted around any more trouble as he erased a first and second, nobody out jam by retiring the next three hitters in a row. With a lead in his hands, Shaw coughed up a lead-off double in the bottom of the ninth to Willie Cabrera to get the wheels spinning.
Mauro Gomez was then walked by Shaw in front of a sac bunt by Linares, moving the tying and winning runs to scoring position. Jesus Sucre was passed intentionally to load the bases for Concepcion Rodriguez, but he was walked to force in the tying run. With pinch-hitter and ex-Diamondback prospect Orlando Mercado at the plate, Shaw flipped a wild pitch to the right of Easley. Pinch-runner Antoan Richardson then burst home and slid across the plate safely with the winning tally.
- Ollie Linton has now hit safely in each of his last six starts
- Frey's 19 steals places him sixth in the Southern League.
- With the loss, Mobile falls to 5-6 against the Braves this year. They are 33-27 against the rest of the league
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