Miscues Cost M-Braves in Biloxi

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BILOXI – Sean Godfrey and Levi Hyams each homered on Monday night in Biloxi, but they also committed throwing errors that gave the Shuckers two valuable unearned runs for a 5-4 win over the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park.

After Hyams hit his second home run of the year in the seventh to give the Braves (25-19, 58-54) a 4-3 lead, Orlando Arcia hit a game-tying RBI single to left that Godfrey threw into the stands to allow a second run-the go-ahead-to score and make it 5-4 Shuckers (21-22, 64-47) in the bottom of the seventh.

Tyrone Taylor led off the seventh with a single, and Nick Ramirez walked to put two men on base with one out. Reliever Andrew Barbosa (4-2) struck out Brett Phillips for the second out, but Arcia clubbed the single and error for the lead.

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The M-Braves got all their runs on the Godfrey and Hyams homers. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Godfrey hit his first double-A home run and sixth of the season overall off Shuckers starter Tyler Wagner, a three-run blast to put the Braves ahead 3-2.

Biloxi came back and tied the game 3-3 on a Victor Roache two-out, two-run single in the sixth, plating Phillips after his leadoff double.

Damien Magnifico (4-1) grabbed the win in relief for Biloxi, firing 1 1/3 shutout innings. Wagner gave up three runs on four hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in the no-decision.

Barbosa took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits over 1 1/3 frames. John Gant allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits over 5 2/3 innings in the no-decision for the Braves.

The Shuckers took an early lead in the third inning. Taylor and Adam Weisenburger stood at the corners with nobody out when Wagner laid down a sacrifice bunt. On Rio Ruiz’s throw to first, Taylor broke for the plate from third and scored. Hyams’ throw home went into the seats to allow Weisenburger to score for a 2-0 lead.

Yhonathan Barrios (S, 3) picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth after taking the win in relief Sunday.

The Braves and Shuckers play the rubber match of the series on tonight at MGM Park, with first pitch between right-hander Lucas Sims (0-2, 7.41) and Shuckers left-hander Hobbs Johnson (7-5, 3.31) set for 6:40 p.m.

by M-Braves Sports Media Relations