Dylan Cease took the mound tonight for the Barons, looking to build off his previous start where he took a perfect game into the seventh inning. Cease would proceed to do that tonight as he put together another impressive outing. Despite Cease’s performance, the Barons lost 3-0 to the Mississippi Braves.
Dylan Cease worked quickly through the first, only needing five pitches to get out of the inning. He would get a first pitch ground out to start the game and followed that up by shoving a 97 mph fastball right down the middle for a strikeout looking.
He would go on to pick up another strikeout in the second inning, fooling Brett Cumberland on a curveball that Cease dropped in the strike zone. It wasn’t until the third inning that the Braves would start to catch up to Cease, but he got some help from his defense to keep the shutout intact.
Carlos Martinez would start off the third inning with a single to left field. Martinez got greedy as he tried to stretch it into a double. Joel Booker came up firing and Martinez was tagged out at second-base. After a walk and an error, the Braves were threatening with two outs. Alejandro Salazar lined a single to center field and Alex Call threw a dart to home, getting the runner out at the plate to end the inning.
As Dylan Cease got deeper into his outing, he continued to impress and showed no signs of losing velocity on his fastball. In the fifth inning, Cease would strikeout the side with the help of his fastball. Two of the three strikeouts came on 97 mph pitches and the other came on a 96 mph pitch.
In the sixth inning, Dylan Cease got into a bit of trouble. After allowing back-to-back singles and a stolen base to start the inning, the Braves had runners on second and third with no outs. Cease rose to the occasion, picking up a strikeout looking on a curveball and getting two softly hit balls that didn’t leave the infield to escape the jam.
Final Line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K. 101 pitches, 63 strikes.
The Barons couldn’t get anything going offensively and were held hit-less until Danny Mendick singled with one out in the seventh. This would be just one of the two total hits the Barons had tonight. The Braves finally broke the scoreless tie, pushing three runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning. This was more than enough for the Braves to walk away with the victory.
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