Mobile, Barons Win First Game Of Southern League Playoffs

Friday, September 6, 2013

North Division - Barons 3, Smokies 1

Trayce Thompson had a home run and an RBI single to back Chris Bassitt's strong pitching as Birmingham defeated visiting Tennessee, 3-1, in the opener of the best-of-5 North Division series.

59375px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bassitt allowed just three hits, including a fifth-inning homer by Rubi Silva, striking out nine without a walk over seven innings. The right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in eight regular-season starts for the Barons after going 7-2 with Winston-Salem of the Class A Advanced Carolina League.

Thompson, the No. 4 White Sox prospect, homered off Nick Struck in the fourth and drove in another run in the fifth against the Tennessee starter. Dan Black, who also had two hits, plated the other run.

South Division - Mobile 3, M-Braves 2

Archie Bradley went seven innings despite needing 34 pitches to get out of the first and the BayBears edged visiting Mississippi, 3-2. After running his total up to 62 in the first three innings, he threw just 42 over the next four frames.

The tiebreaking run was squeezed in by the BayBears in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Court scored on Ender Inciarte's bunt single. Court opened the inning with a single off Mississippi reliever Juan Jaime and hustled to third base on a single by Garrett Weber, who pinch-hit for Bradley.

Mississippi starter Michael Lee, who went 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in August, pitched well again. He allowed just five hits -- all singles -- and one walk in six innings before departing with the game tied an inning after being hit on the hand by Bradley while trying to bunt.

Willy Paredes struck out two in the eighth while working around a hit and Jake Barrett had a strikeout in a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

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