Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Mississippi Braves
Three to Watch on the Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves):
#34 J.R. Graham, RHP
J.R. Graham is the third ranked prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America. Back in 2011, he had an Appalachian League best 1.72 ERA. He seemingly was on a fast track to the majors before he injured his shoulder last season. Graham features a mid-90s fastball that is conducive to inducing groundballs. If not for his injury last season, Graham would probably be the number one prospect in the system.
#8 Jason Hursh, RHP
Jason Hursh checks in right behind J.R. Graham as the fourth best prospect in the Braves organization. The former first round pick throws a mid-90s fastball with a lot of late life and tail. Due to the diving action of his fastball, he tends to create a lot of ground ball outs. Before this season, he had pitched just nine starts with Low-A Rome. While with Rome, he had a 2-to-1 groundout to air out ratio.
#39 Kyle Kubitza, 3B
Kyle Kubitza improved his consistency last season with High-A Lynchburg and earned himself a trip to the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Kubitza showed an incredible eye at the plate, checking in with a system-best .380 on-base percentage. Kubitzas power continues to increase; last season he hit a season-best 12 home runs with 57 RBI.
Minor to rehab with M-Braves Friday at Pensacola
Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is scheduled to make his final rehab start with the Mississippi Braves Friday at Pensacola. Minor began the 2014 season on Atlanta's 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tendonitis.
What's Cookin': This homestand's food special, inspired by the Mississippi Braves, is the HotLanta Cheese Fries. With hot nacho cheese and sliced jalapenos, these spicy spuds are served in a souvenir helmet. Concessions will also feature the Bubba Dub Grilled Cheese - a double decker grilled cheese sandwich with crispy hash browns inside. This meal of champions is served with fries on a souvenir Blue Wahoos frisbee.
Golf Apparel and Accessories: Do you want to look like a pro on the golf course? Fans that want to look like a pro should stop by the Bait & Tackle Team Store and pick up a super comfortable dri-fit Nike polo, available in a variety of colors. Also, check out the team's pro golf pack that's sure to hit a hole in one.
Thursday, April 24 " Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 6:30 p.m., RHP David Bromberg vs. RHP Carlos Contreras
Thirsty Thursday " Fans enjoy Thirsty Thursday exclusive deals: $2 drafts at concession stands, 2-for-$6 domestic bottles and $1 canned sodas. Thirsty Thursday is presented by Seville Quarter.
Bubba Watson - Masters Champion Bubba Watson will throw out the game's first pitch. Fans are encouraged to wear green to celebrate Watson's Masters win. A commissioner from the State of Florida will also be present to officially name Watson a Hometown Hero.
WFGX-TV " Thursday's game will be broadcast live on My 35 (WFGX) on the following channels:
|Cox Pensacola:||Ch. 20|
|Cox Ft. Walton Beach:||Ch. 12|
|Dish, Direct TV and U-verse:||Ch. 35|
Friday, April 25 " Mississippi Braves vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 6:30 p.m., LHP Mike Minor vs. RHP Daniel Corcino
Ball Cap Giveaway " The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Blue Wahoos ball cap courtesy of Landrum Human Resources.
Saturday, April 26 " Mississippi Braves vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 6:30 p.m., RHP Aaron Northcraft vs. RHP Robert Stephenson
Fireworks Extravaganza " A choreographed fireworks show will follow the game. The fireworks show is presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union.
Scout Night - Over 20 boy and girl scout troops will take part in a pregame parade. The troops will also enjoy a movie under the stars as they camp out on the field after the fireworks show.
Homerun for Life " Once a month the Blue Wahoos honor a local child who is need of a smile and a stadium full of cheers. This month's honoree is Carolyn Hendrix. Carolyn is four years old and has Ewing Sarcoma. She started her nine months of chemotherapy at Sacred Heart last June. During an inning break, Carolyn will circle the bases and get high fives from all the Blue Wahoos and Braves players and Kazoo.
WFGX-TV " Thursday's game will be broadcast live on WFGX-TV.
Sunday, April 27 " Mississippi Braves vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 4 p.m., RHP Jason Hursh vs. RHP Jon Moscot
American Red Cross Stadium Stomp " The Red Cross will host their first Stadium Stomp. The event includes a 1.3 walk/run before taking in the afternoon's game. Fans can register at Active.com.
Jersey Auction " The team will wear a special Red Cross themed jersey. Fans may bid on the jerseys with all proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross.
ZOOperstars " The inflatable mascot act will bring humor and unexpected antics to the ballpark.
McDonald's Family Sunday Funday " Every Sunday kids will have the opportunity to run around the bases after the game with Kids Run the Bases. After running the bases, kids and their parents or guardians have the opportunity to play catch in the outfield with the Family Toss.
Monday, April 28 " Mississippi Braves vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 6:30 p.m., RHP Williams Perez vs. RHP Michael Lorenzen
Bark in the Park " Fans are invited to take their four-legged friends out to the game. Owners and their dogs may take part in a pregame parade. There is a $1 admission for dogs that will benefit the Jr. Humane Society.
Social Media Monday " Connect with the Blue Wahoos social channels using #WahoosLife to win prizes, seat upgrades or to have your message displayed on the video board.
Fans can listen to every Blue Wahoos game on 1450 ESPN Pensacola or 101.1 FM.
Mattair hits first homer in Wahoos defeat
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Suns and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos went back-and-forth Tuesday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, but in the end, it was the Suns that prevailed 6-5 to assure the series win with a game to play. Travis Mattair put the Wahoos in front with his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the seventh, but the Suns answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to move ahead for good.
Mattairs home run snapped a 4-4 tie, but the lead was short lived. The Suns capitalized on a leadoff walk and a hit batsman to move in front. Brady Shoemaker, who reached on the walk, scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Shortly after, J.T. Realmuto scored from third on a ground out to short giving the Suns all they needed for the win. Pensacola had the tying run at second with one out in the eight but couldnt score, and left the tying run at first in the ninth after a two-out single.
The Blue Wahoos had three two-hit games. Mattair led the way with a 2-for-5 night. He scored twice and drove in two runs. Rey Navarro (2-for-5, R, RBI) and Bryan Anderson (2-for-4, 2 RBI) had the other multi-hit games.
Jon Moscot started but didnt get a decision. He logged 6.0 innings allowing 4R/3ER on six hits. He walked four and fanned three. Mikey OBrien (L, 0-1) was tagged with the Suns runs in the seventh, thus getting charged with the loss.
The Blue Wahoos chased Suns starter Justin Nicolino from the game after just 4.2 innings. He was charged with 4R/ER on seven hits with two walks and just one strikeout. Despite allowing Mattairs go-ahead home run in the seventh, Edgar Olmos (W, 1-0) picked up the win in just one inning out of the bullpen. Grant Dayton (S, 2) held the Wahoos off over the last two innings to pick up the save.
The series concludes on Wednesday when the Blue Wahoos send RHP Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 1.45) to the mound against Suns RHP Jose Urena (1-2, 6.28). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. CT from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.