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Wahoos Snap Skid, Take Opener over Braves 8-3

April 17, 2018 - Southern League (SL) - Pensacola Blue Wahoos News Release

Pearl, Miss. - The Blue Wahoos broke out their bats in the series opener with the Mississippi Braves pounding out eight extra-base hits in an 8-3 win. The victory snapped the Wahoos three game skid.

Gabriel Guerrero paced the offense with a four-hit game including three doubles. Gavin LaValley kick started the offense with a three-run homer in the first inning. It was one of two hits he had on the night. The Blue Wahoos plated four runs in the frame to open the game. It would be the first of two four-run innings on the night.

All of the first inning damage came against Braves number four prospect Kyle Wright (L, 0-2). It was his only inning of the game, which lead to his second loss of the season.

The second rally came in the eighth. Aristides Aquino led off the frame with a double and he scored a batter later on a Guerrero double. The Wahoos loaded the bases before Taylor Sparks singled home two more. Nick Longhi plated the final run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The pitching also excelled for the Wahoos. Daniel Wright (W, 2-1) earned the win after going six strong innings. He allowed just one earned run (two total) with a walk and five strikeouts. Kevin Shackelford continued his rehab assignment with a scoreless inning and Carlos Navas finished the final two innings allowing just a late run in the ninth.

Scott Schebler doubled in his first at bat of the night, and finished the game 1-for-3 in his first game with the Blue Wahoos during his rehab assignment.

The Blue Wahoos and the M-Braves will continue the series Tuesday night. Keury Mella (1-0, 0.82) will start for the Blue Wahoos against RHP Touki Toussaint (0-1, 5.87) of the Braves. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at Trustmark Park.

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