PEARL - The Mississippi Braves walked off with wins in both games over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Monday night. Christian Marrero blasted a two-run walkoff homer in game one to claim a 7-5 victory and Christian Bethancourt walked off with a single to deep left field in game two to claim a 2-1 victory.
With both wins, the M-Braves (35-29) take a half game lead in the Southern League South Division with six games remaining in the first half. Mobile is second followed by Jacksonville and Montgomery at a game and a half and two games back, respectively. The M-Braves take on the Blue Wahoos in Tuesday's series finale at 7:00 PM.
In the completion of Sunday's suspended game, Mycal Jones blasted a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5. Marrero then launched a walkoff two-run shot off the batter's eye to lift the M-Braves to a 7-5 victory.
Mississippi scored seven runs on 10 hits while Pensacola plated five runs on 13 hits. The M-Braves committed one error. Marrero led the M-Braves offensively with three hits at the plate including two homers and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three.
Juan Jaime (1-1) pitched the final two frames to pick up the win. He gave up one earned run on two hits while striking out three batters. Loek Van Mil (0-3) surrendered the loss, giving up five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
The M-Braves and Blue Wahoos resumed Sunday's suspended game Monday afternoon with Pensacola leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Marrero led off with a double to right field. He moved to third on a ground out before coming in to score on a Braeden Schlehuber ground out to second, making it a 4-1 game.
Marrero blasted a solo home run into the Farm Bureau Grill to cut Pensacola's lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth. The Blue Wahoos responded in the top of the ninth when Theo Bowe launched a solo shot off the Farm Bureau Grill sign in right field to make it 5-2.
In Monday's regularly scheduled contest, Pensacola held the M-Braves hitless until Jose Martinez singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Gus Schlosser had held the Blue Wahoos to one hit through four frames as well.
Pensacola's Joe Mather reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to start the top of the sixth. He moved up to second on the throw and came around to score on Tucker Barnhart's double to right field, giving the Blue Wahoos a 1-0 advantage.
Dan Brewer walked with one out to start the bottom of the sixth for the M-Braves. He swiped second and took third when the catcher threw the ball into center field. Bethancourt then delivered a RBI-single through the right side to tie the game at 1-1.
Jones and Brewer started the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back singles. Phil Gosselin reached on a error by the shortstop to load the bases with one out. Bethancourt followed with a ground-rule double. However, by rule he is only credited with single, lifting the M-Braves to a 2-1 victory over Pensacola.
Andrew Russell (3-1) worked the final two frames to pick up the win. Schlosser worked six innings for the M-Braves, limiting the Blue Wahoos to one unearned run on three hits and three walks. He struck out six. Chris Manno (2-2) suffered the loss.
In Tuesday's series finale at Trustmark Park, right-hander Aaron Northcraft (2-4, 4.58) takes on Blue Wahoos righty Josh Smith (5-5, 3.50). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Gates open at 6:00 PM.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (23-39): 5 R 13 H 0 E
Mississippi Braves (34-29): 7 R 10 H 1 E
W: Juan Jaime (1-1)
L: Loek Van Mil (0-3)
Time: 2:58 (2:08 delay)
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (23-40): 1 R 4 H 3 E
Mississippi Braves (35-29): 2 R 7 H 3 E
W: Andrew Russell (3-1)
L: Chris Manno (2-2)
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