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Smokies Drop Fourth Straight to Braves

July 29, 2005 - Southern League (SL) Tennessee Smokies

PEARL, Miss. - Tennessee Smokies' closer Casey Daigle surrendered a rare run Friday night in the ninth inning to give the Mississippi Braves a walkoff 4-3 win in front of 5,148 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.

The loss was costly, however, for the Smokies as Jerry Gil left the game with an undisclosed injury after reaching first base on a fielder's choice in the third inning.

The game was back-and-forth throughout the night. The Braves got on the board first when Miguel Bernard tripled in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving in both Michael Rosamond and Carlos Duran to give Mississippi a 2-0 lead.

The Smokies answered back in the sixth inning when Adam Haley doubled to lead off the frame. After back-to-back strikeouts, Chris Carter homered off Braves' starter Sean White pulling Tennessee and Mississippi even at two.

The Braves, however, would take advantage of the second of two Jamie D'Antona errors on the night when Onil Joseph reached first on a misplayed ball by the Tennessee third baseman. Luis Hernandez handed the home team the lead for the second time when he stepped up to the plate two batters later and drove in Joseph with an RBI single in the sixth.

Tennessee met the challenge in the eighth when Carter, who left High-A Lancaster batting with a .296 average, 21 homers and 85 RBIs, drove in Miguel Montero, picking up his third RBI in his Double-A debut. He finished 3-4 on the night.

D'Antona singled to leadoff the ninth inning for the Smokies. A scary moment followed one out later when Mississippi reliever Daniel Curtis hit pinch hitter Matt Morgan in the helmet with a fastball that was clocked at 89 m.p.h. on the in-stadium radar gun display. He was checked and deemed able to remain in the game.

The Braves came out swinging in the ninth inning. Daigle surrendered a leadoff triple into right centerfield to Hernandez, his second hit of the night. Gregor Blanco ended the game in the next at-bat when he singled right back up the box, scoring Hernandez, to give Mississippi the one-run win.

Casey Daigle took the loss for Tennessee and fell to 6-1. Curtis picked up his first win of the season and improved to 1-1.

The Smokies and the Braves play the second of three games Saturday night at Trustmark Park. Tennessee will send southpaw Clint Goocher (7-6, 5.45) to the hill against lefty Chuck James (7-1, 2.44). First pitch is set for 8:05 Eastern.

PEARL, Miss. - Tennessee Smokies' closer Casey Daigle surrendered a rare run Friday night in the ninth inning to give the Mississippi Braves a walkoff 4-3 win in front of 5,148 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.

The loss was costly, however, for the Smokies as Jerry Gil left the game with an undisclosed injury after reaching first base on a fielder's choice in the third inning.

The game was back-and-forth throughout the night. The Braves got on the board first when Miguel Bernard tripled in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving in both Michael Rosamond and Carlos Duran to give Mississippi a 2-0 lead.

The Smokies answered back in the sixth inning when Adam Haley doubled to lead off the frame. After back-to-back strikeouts, Chris Carter homered off Braves' starter Sean White pulling Tennessee and Mississippi even at two.

The Braves, however, would take advantage of the second of two Jamie D'Antona errors on the night when Onil Joseph reached first on a misplayed ball by the Tennessee third baseman. Luis Hernandez handed the home team the lead for the second time when he stepped up to the plate two batters later and drove in Joseph with an RBI single in the sixth.

Tennessee met the challenge in the eighth when Carter, who left High-A Lancaster batting with a .296 average, 21 homers and 85 RBIs, drove in Miguel Montero, picking up his third RBI in his Double-A debut. He finished 3-4 on the night.

D'Antona singled to leadoff the ninth inning for the Smokies. A scary moment followed one out later when Mississippi reliever Daniel Curtis hit pinch hitter Matt Morgan in the helmet with a fastball that was clocked at 89 m.p.h. on the in-stadium radar gun display. He was checked and deemed able to remain in the game.

The Braves came out swinging in the ninth inning. Daigle surrendered a leadoff triple into right centerfield to Hernandez, his second hit of the night. Gregor Blanco ended the game in the next at-bat when he singled right back up the box, scoring Hernandez, to give Mississippi the one-run win.

Casey Daigle took the loss for Tennessee and fell to 6-1. Curtis picked up his first win of the season and improved to 1-1.

The Smokies and the Braves play the second of three games Saturday night at Trustmark Park. Tennessee will send southpaw Clint Goocher (7-6, 5.45) to the hill against lefty Chuck James (7-1, 2.44). First pitch is set for 8:05 Eastern.

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