Aaron Northcraft came up short in Mississippi's heartbreaking defeat on Sunday.
Mississippi Braves 0, Mobile BayBears 15 (!)
- Mycal Jones, CF: 1-3, BB, 2 K, CS
- Dan Brewer, LF: 0-3
- Jose Martinez, PH: 0-1
- Tommy La Stella, 2B: 1-4, K
- Christian Marrero, 1B: 0-2, BB
- Jaime Pedroza, SS: 0-3, K
- Greg Golson, RF: 0-3
- Barrett Kleinknecht, 3B: 0-1, BB
- Robby Hefflinger, LF: 1-1
- Braeden Schlehuber, C: 0-3, PB
- Omar Luna, 3B: 0-2
- Aaron Northcraft: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 45 pitches-25 strikes, 1:2 GO:FO
- Gary Moran: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 19p-9s, 1:0 GO:FO
- Ronan Pacheco: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 32p-16s, 1:0 GO:FO
- Juan Jaime: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4p-3s, 0:0 GO:FO
- Shae Simmons: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 36p-22s, 2:1 GO:FO
- Ryne Harper: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 15p-11s, 1:0 GO:FO
- Mark Lamm: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 9p-4s, 1:0 GO:FO
*looks at MiLB scoreboard* *sees Mississippi's score* *refreshes browser to ensure that the score is not some sort of typo* (not a typo) *searches for something good to say about the game* *pores over box score to no avail*
This one must have been a tough one to watch for M-Braves fans. Mobile plated fifteen runs on sixteen hits while managing to hold Mississippi's offense to a mere four hits and no runs, eliminating the Braves from postseason play. Absolutely nothing of note happened on offense for the Braves — Tommy La Stella, Mycal Jones, Robby Hefflinger, and Aaron Northcraft each collected a single. Mobile starter Bo Schultz went six strong innings, allowing only one hit (to Northcraft, no less) and three walks. Northcraft struggled mightily on the mound, surrendering six runs on five hits and two walks in two and a third innings of work. This was undoubtedly a poor way to end the season for Northcraft, thought the lanky righty will continue to compete in the Arizona Fall League when it begins in a few weeks. His strikeout rate fell slightly this season, but 121 strikeouts in 137 innings of work is nothing at which to sneeze, especially considering his walk rate was more or less the same as it was in 2012. In typical Northcraft fashion, he maintained a very high groundball-to-flyball ratio this season (3.29), due in part to a wicked sinker/slider combo that keeps hitters off-balance and induces weak contact. After Northcraft's exit, Gary Moran and Shae Simmons allowed the game to get out of hand, allowing nine runs on nine hits and three walks. Ronan Pacheco and Mark Lamm pitched a scoreless frame apiece, while Juan Jaime and Ryne Harper combined to pitch two innings of scoreless relief.
Side note: congrats to Christian Bethancourt on his recent promotion
. It will be loads of fun to watch him down the stretch.
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