PEARL, MS – The Mississippi Braves (47-55, 18-15) scored the final four runs but dropped the series finale to the Biloxi Shuckers (51-49, 17-16) 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Trustmark Park.
Vaughn Grissom hammered a solo homer to left center in the first inning. The ball left his bat at 103 miles per hour and traveled a little over 400 feet. In 21 games for Mississippi, Grissom is batting .345 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI.
The M-Braves outfield struggled to find the ball in the sun throughout the game.
In the first, Justyn-Henry Malloy lost a fly ball in left field that resulted in two runs. In the fourth, Cody Milligan lost a ball that dropped in for a base hit. Biloxi ended up scoring three runs in the first and two runs in the fourth to lead 5-1 through four innings.
Malloy posted his ninth multi-hit performance in 21 games, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He is batting .289 with two home runs and 11 RBI for the M-Braves.
Down 6-1, Andrew Moritz banged a triple off the high wall in right field in the seventh. Riley Delgado brought him in on a sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-2.
In the eighth, Jalen Miller punched an RBI base hit through the hole at second base to score Lugbauer. With the bases loaded, Logan Brown grounded a ball through the hole at shortstop to score two runs, making it 6-5.
Brown reached on all four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
Delgado made a tremendous double play to keep it at a one-run game in the ninth. With the bases loaded, the third baseman took a ball behind third base and stepped on the bag while throwing on the run to first base to retire the side.
The M-Braves went down in order in the final frame, and Biloxi took five of six in the series.
The M-Braves travel to Kodak, TN for a six-game road series against the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A Affiliate, Chicago Cubs) starting on Tuesday, August 9. The club returns to Trustmark Park on Tuesday, August 16 for a six-game home series against Pensacola.
• Discuss this story on the Southern League message board…
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.