Demeritte Blasts Two Homers and Scores Five Runs in Mississippi's 16-8 Rout of Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Travis Demeritte went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored in the Mississippi Braves' 16-8 rout of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Thursday night to even the series. The five runs scored were a career high for Demeritte, while he recorded his ninth career two-homer game and first of 2018.
Demeritte wasn't the only M-Braves (24-22, 53-63) player setting career highs on Thursday night at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Luis Valenzuela was 2-for-5 with a double, triple and a career-high five RBI. Tyler Neslony finished 3-for-6 with a home run. career-high four RBI and three runs scored. Neslony is now riding a seven-game hitting streak. The 16 runs and 18 hits were both the second-most posted this season by the Braves. There were six home runs, 24 total runs and 30 hits between the clubs.
Neslony started the scoring with a first inning three-run homer to left before an out had been recorded by Jacksonville starter Nick Neidert. The homer was Neslony's fourth on the season and second in three games. Cristian Pache and Alejandro Salazar hit back-to-back singles to set the table before the long ball.
Jacksonville (18-28, 46-68) got a solo home run from Monte Harrison and RBI single by Justin Twine to pull within a run at 3-2 in the bottom of the first.
Valenzuela stepped to the plate with two outs in the top of the third inning and brought in Demeritte and Tyler Marlette with a double to push the lead back to three at 5-2.
Again, Jacksonville answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, on a two-run home run by Twine and it was 5-4.
Demeritte's first homer of the night, a 388-foot blast to left in the fifth inning pushed the advantage to 6-4.
Jacksonville took their first lead by scoring three runs in the sixth inning and driving M-Braves starter Enderson Franco from the game. The reigning Southern League Pitcher of the Week battled through 5.2 innings and yielded seven runs on 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Brian Schales poked a two-out, two-run single to left giving Jacksonville a 7-6 advantage. Josh Graham (W, 4-2) came on out the bullpen and struck out Joe Dunand to end the inning.
Demeritte's second homer of the game was timely. Salazar and Neslony reached on hits in the seventh inning and with two outs, the 23-year-old hit a 399-foot towering blast over the left field wall giving Mississippi the lead back at 9-7.
The M-Braves created separation by scoring six runs in the eighth inning. Marlette and Neslony hit RBI doubles before Valenzuela's two-out, bases-clearing triple made it 14-8. Ray-Patrick Didder capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly scoring Valenzuela. Mississippi came out of the frame leading 15-8 and had four extra-base hits, sending 10 batters to the plate.
Carlos Martinez finished off the scoring with a ninth-inning single that brought home Demeritte for the fifth time on the night.
Graham pitched 1.1 innings of relief and earned the win while Thomas Burrows struck out three and walked one over 2.0 scoreless innings. Jacksonville reliever Lucas Schiraldi (L, 0-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up three runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
The M-Braves and Jumbo Shrimp will play the middle game of five-game series on Friday night at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. A to be determined starter will go for Mississippi on Friday against RHP Robert Dugger (4-5, 5.15) for Jacksonville. First pitch is set for 6:05 pm CT with coverage beginning at 5:50 pm CT on 103.9 WYAB and the free TuneIn Radio App.
The M-Braves have 10 regular season home dates remaining in 2018, with back-to-back fireworks nights, August 17-18 and August 24-25, following those Friday and Saturday home games. Promotions and tickets are at www.mississippibraves.com/tickets.
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