Mississippi Braves Fall to Jackson Generals in 10 Innings, 3-2
Pearl, MS - Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer was impressive in his double-A debut, but the Mississippi Braves (1-1) struggled offensively, falling 3-2 to the Jackson Generals (1-1) in ten innings on Friday night at Trustmark Park in front of 4,168 fans.
At the front end of a game that lasted three hours and nine minutes, the 21-year-old threw six strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, all in the third inning. He struck out five and walked none in the no-decision.
Offensively, the Braves were led by Jordan Kreke, who was three-for four with three singles, including an RBI in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Tyler Pastornicky also had three hits, scoring the go ahead run in the sixth to put the game at 2-1.
Veteran right-hander Scott Patterson (1-0) picked up the win for Jackson. He held the Braves hitless through the final two frames for the victory. LHP Rowdy Hardy (0-1) took the loss after allowing a leadoff double to Jake Shaffer and the go-ahead RBI single by Kyle Seager in the top of the tenth.
Six of Jackson's eight hits came from Seager and Shaffer. The leftfielder Shaffer went 3-for-4, scoring all three runs for the Generals, while the second basman Seager went 3-for-5, earning all three RBI.
In all, the Braves left six runners on base and were just 2-for-9 on the night with runners in scoring position.
The Braves and Generals will meet again on Saturday for game three of a five game set to open the 2011 campaign. Braves RHP Paul Clemens will face Generals RHP Erasmo Ramirez. First pitch from Trustmark Park is at 6:05 PM CDT.
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