May 12, 2008 - Southern League (SL) - Mississippi Braves
In the middle game of this five-game set with the Montgomery Biscuits, Todd Redmond and James Houser faced off in a classic pitcher\'s duel. As good as the two starters were, all bets were off when the bullpens got involved. Mississippi\'s pen allowed two runs to give the Biscuits a 4-2 lead heading to the ninth. Montgomery\'s pen returned the favor in the bottom of the ninth as the Braves plated three runs to walk off, literally, with a 5-4 win.
Montgomery jumped on the M-Braves in the top of the first inning. Rashad Eldridge led off with a single and came around to score on Ronnie Merrill\'s triple. Merrill then came in to score on Rhyne Hughes single to right. After the first three batters reached, Mississippi\'s Todd Redmond started to pitch. He fanned the next two batters and induced a flyout to center.
The Braves answered back with a run in the first, but they missed a chance to put up some big numbers. JC Holt led off with a single and stole second. Jason Perry and Kala Ka\'aihue drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Greg Creek grounded out 4-3 to drive Holt home. After one, Montgomery led 2-1.
Reid Gorecki led off the sixth with a double and moved to third on a groundout by Matt Young. He came in to score on a wild pitch to tie the game at one.
Montgomery went back on top in the top of the eighth. Merrill walked and came around to score from first on a double by Hughes. Heading to the bottom of the eighth, Montgomery led 3-2.
The Biscuits added an insurance run in the ninth to push the score to 4-2. Erold Andrus ripped a double to left and came around to score on Gaby Martinez\'s bloop-single.
Mississippi\'s improbable comeback began in the bottom of the ninth. Paul Bennett walked and, with two outs In the bottom of the ninth, Javier Guzman singled him over to third. Bennett came in to score on a balk to cut the lead to 4-3. After Jason Perry was intentionally walked, Quentin Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Greg Creek then walked forcing Guzman home to tie the score. Next up was Gorecki who drew a base on balls on four straight pitches to force home Perry with the game winning run. The M-Braves scored three runs on one hit, four walks and a balk to win the game, 5-4.
Redmond gave the M-Braves their second straight quality start. He gave up two runs in the first and then recovered to toss five consecutive shutout innings while fanning nine. In all, he gave up two runs in six innings and left the game with the score tied at two. Nelson Payano gave up a run in his two innings. Kris Medlen gave up a run in his inning on the mound, but improved to 1-2 after the Braves miraculous comeback.
Montgomery\'s James Houser gave up a run in his five innings, but didn\'t factor into the decision. Jino Gonzalez allowed a run in an inning and Roger Deago tossed two scoreless innings. Steve Andrade gave up three runs in the ninth to 2-2 on the year.
The Braves and Biscuits will play the fourth game of this five-game set tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. The Braves will send newcomer Tommy Hanson to the hill in his AA debut while the Biscuits will counter with righty Richard De Los Santos.
On Tuesday night, the first 1,000 fans at Trustmark Park will receive a free copy of the latest issue of Baseball America.
Todd Redmond gave the M-Braves their second straight quality start ... It marked the first time this season that the Braves had back-to-back quality starts ... He also fanned nine in the game, the most Ks in a game by a starter this season. It was the fourth time this year the Braves struck out 11 batters. JC Holt and Kala Ka\'aihue each had two of Mississippi\'s five hits ... Reid Gorecki and Javier Guzman had the other two. Matt Young\'s 14-game hitting streak came to an end after he went 0-4.