The Birmingham Barons opened Regions Field in style, erasing a 5-2 deficit in the early goings to win 9-5 in front of a capacity crowd of 8,505 fans in downtown Birmingham.
The Barons pounced on Mississippi starter Aaron Northcraft (0-1, 5.40) early and often, plating two runs in the first as Trayce Thompson plated Keenyn Walker with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by Andy Wilkins.
Barons starter Nestor Molina struggled through 4.0 innings allowing five runs on eight hits over 4.0 IP including a two-run triple to Philip Gosselin in the second and a solo home run for Kyle Russell in the third. Russell’s homer was the first by any player at Regions Field.
The Barons bullpen, consisting of Nick McCully, Salvador Sanchez and Taylor Thompson combined to hold the M-Braves scoreless over the final 5.0 innings allowing just two hits over that span. The bullpen’s herculean effort allowed the Barons to claw back with a pair of runs in the fourth on a Dan Black two-run double and took the lead for good with a three-run fifth, highlighted by a tie-breaking two-run home run by INF Marcus Semien.
COURTESY: Barons Media Relations
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