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Wednesday, July 21 vs. Biloxi Shuckers: 6:35 PM CT: Trustmark Park

July 21, 2021 - Southern League (SL)
Mississippi Braves News Release

Mississippi Braves (ATL) (40-27, 1st, AA-S South, +4.0) vs. Biloxi Shuckers (MIL) (20-45, 4th, AA-S South, -19.0)

Starting Pitchers: RHP Victor Vodnik (0-2, 4.50) vs. LHP Leo Crawford (1-5, 6.25)

Game #68 | Home Game #38

Radio: 103.9 FM WYAB and (LISTEN LIVE LINK)


Today's Promotions:

First Responders Day: All First Responders (Military/Veterans/Fire/Police) and Healthcare workers receive FREE ADMISSION each Wednesday home game at Trustmark Park. Just show your work badge at the box office. AMR presents first Responders Day

Join Us 4 a Jackson: Every Wednesday, "Join Us 4 A Jackson" and let $20 get you (4) Field Level Tickets and (4) 16 oz. Fountain Drinks! Additional tickets may be purchased for just $5.

Wine Wednesday: Free Wine Tasting in the Farm Bureau Grill & Outdoor Patio.

Today's Roster Moves:


TODAY'S GAME: The M-Braves and Shuckers (MIL) play game two a six-game series tonight and the 14th of 30 meetings between the clubs this season. The Shuckers and Braves will meet again at Trustmark Park, August 10-15, and at Biloxi, August 31-September 5.

- Since the first series of the season, May 11-16, in which Biloxi won 4-2, the M-Braves are 36-19, while the Shuckers are 15-38.

- The Magnolia State rivals began their series in 2015, and Biloxi leads the all-time series, 64-59, while they hold a 27-26 advantage in games played at Trustmark Park.

SHUCKERS BLANK M-BRAVES IN TUESDAY'S SERIES OPENER: M-Braves starter Odalvi Javier turned in his best performance of 2021 in a losing effort in Tuesday's series opener. The 24-year-old allowed one run on four hits over a season-high 7.0 innings, no walks, and five strikeouts. Biloxi broke a 0-0 tie in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly. Daysbel Hernandez struck out two batters over 2.0 innings of perfect relief behind Javier.

- The M-Braves have lost three-straight for the first time since opening the season with four-straight losses to Pensacola, May 5-7.

FIRST TO 40 W'S: The M-Braves became the first Double-A South team to 40 wins on Friday night, joining only Somerset (AA, NYY), and Frisco (AA, TEX) as the only Double-A clubs with 40 wins.

36 WINS SINCE MAY 19: Since May 19 (starting 4-8), the Braves are 36-19. The 36 wins are tops in Double-A over that period and T-6th in minor league baseball.

NO SERIES LOSSES SINCE MAY 16: The M-Braves have won four series out of the last six (splits at MTG & TNS). The M-Braves haven't dropped a series since the second of the season, May 11-16, at Biloxi (2-4). Overall, the club is 5-4-2 in series' this season, winning five games during three sets.

THE DEAN OF THE CLUB: Justin Dean was 1-for-3 on Tuesday, and is riding a six-game hitting streak, and has hit in 10 of 11 since July 20, batting .308 with three extra-base hits, seven RBI, 11 runs, seven walks, four stolen bases, and .431 OBP.

RIJO MANIA: M-Braves utility man Wendell Rijo has six home runs over his last 20 games, batting .301 with six homers, 12 RBI, 16 runs, 11 walks, and .414 OBP. Rijo has recorded two eight-game hitting streaks this season.

THE PRIDE OF POWDER SPRINGS: Trey Harris over his last 26 games since June 13, the Powder Springs, GA native is batting .311 with four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs, five walks, and .362 OBP.

TURNAROUND FOR SHEWMAKE: Braden Shewmake has not played over Mississippi's last seven games, but is batting .361 (26-for-72) with six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 17 RBI, and 12 runs scored in his last 19 games since June 17. After batting just .099 in May with three extra-base hits, and six RBI, Shewmake hit .264 in June with nine extra-base hits, 15 RBI.

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: Shea Langeliers ranks among the league leaders in home runs (T-4th, 14), slugging (3rd, .505), OPS (7th, .843), extra-base hits (8th, 22), RBI's (T-7th, 32) and total bases (T-9th, 99). Justin Dean ranks among the leaders in stolen bases (1st, 19), runs (T-6th, 34), triples (T-5th, 3), and OBP (4th, .374). Braden Shewmake ranks among the leaders in triples (T-5th, 3). Drew Lugbauer ranks among the leaders in OBP (2nd, .379), OPS (9th, .824), and walks (T-9th, 29). Trey Harris ranks among the leaders in hits (T-7th, 58), and batting (13th, .265). Greyson Jenista is 5th in walks (33). Brandon White is 4th in saves (7). Odalvi Javier ranks among the league leaders in wins (T-2nd, 5), ERA (4th, 2.93), opponent's batting AVG (4th, .203), WHIP (6th, 1.09), and innings (8th, 61.1). Hayden Deal ranks 7th in innings pitched (63.0), and T-1st in starts (13).

LEADING THE LEAGUE IN PITCHING AND DEFENSE: The M-Braves lead the league, and are 5th in MiLB, with a 3.47 ERA. The 249 runs allowed is the 4th-fewest in MiLB this season. M-Braves hurlers have served up 39 home run balls, which is T-4th-fewest in all of minor league baseball. The starting rotation holds a 3.35 ERA, ranking 4th in all of minor league baseball. The M-Braves still lead the Double-A South with a .981 fielding percentage.

DON'T RUN ON SHEA: Shea Langeliers is 21-for-40 in catching opposing base stealers, 53%. His 21 caught stealings are 1st in MiLB, while nine double plays and 47 assists are tops among catchers in minor league baseball.

76 HOME RUNS ON THE YEAR: The M-Braves have 76 home runs so far this season, in 67 games, ranking 3rd in the Double-A South. The M-Braves are over halfway to the 2019 total (in 139 games) of 87 and have surpassed the total hit at Trustmark Park in 2019 (28 in 70 games) with 31 (36 games). The most home runs in club history were 97 in 2017. The Braves are on pace for 138 home runs in 120 games.

151 MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUTS: LHP Kyle Muller made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves in the top of the fifth inning on June 16 vs. Boston. Muller became the first M-Braves alum to debut in 2021 and 151st all-time.

FIRST ROUND PICKS AND PROSPECTS: The squad features both of Atlanta's first-round selections from the 2019 draft in catcher Shea Langeliers (#9) and shortstop Braden Shewmake (#21). They represent the third and fourth-ranked prospects in the organization, according to and Langeliers is #56 on the Top 100 and sixth-ranked catching prospect in baseball.

- Overall, the M-Braves feature 11 of the Braves' Top 30 prospects by MLB Pipeline. After Langeliers and Shewmake, RHP Freddy Tarnok (10), RHP Bryce Elder (#11), OF Trey Harris (#12), RHP Victor Vodnik (#13), RHP Daysbel Hernandez (15), INF Greyson Jenista (#17), C.J. Alexander (#18), RHP Spencer Strider (19), INF and OF Justin Dean (#24) are among the Top 30.

M-BRAVES RECORD FOURTH NO-HITTER IN TEAM HISTORY: On Saturday, July 10, Bryce Elder and Daysbel Hernandez combined for the fourth no-hitter in club history, stretching Mississippi's winning streak to six games at the time. Elder went the first 7.0 innings, striking out six and walking four. Hernandez pitched the final 2.0 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. It was the first no-hitter since Ian Anderson and Jeremy Walker combined for one on June 28, 2019, vs. Jackson.

WELCOME TO THE DOUBLE-A SOUTH: In MLB's new structure for the 2021 season, the M-Braves will be part of the Double-A South. The eight-team circuit consists of eight former members of the Southern League, split into two divisions. Mississippi will be in the South Division along with the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers), Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays), and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Miami Marlins). The North Division will consist of the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox), Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds), Rocket City Trash Pandas (LA Angels), and Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs).

2019 SEASON IN REVIEW: The Mississippi Braves concluded their 15th anniversary season in Central Mississippi with a 64-75 overall record, finishing fourth in the Southern League South Division. While the club missed out on the postseason for the third-straight season, the 2019 campaign saw the 3 millionth fan enter Trustmark Park, 1,000th franchise win, third no-hitter in club history, record three postseason All-Stars and the first Southern League Most Valuable Player.

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