31 May

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On Friday, Shae Simmons was in Pearl. Today, he was in Miami. And in the eighth inning of a one-run game between Atlanta and the Marlins, the former Mississippi Braves closer was on the mound. With two men on and two out, Simmons struck out former M-Braves star Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a clutch hold in his MLB debut. In the ninth, former M-Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was summoned from the Braves’ pen with two on and one out and nailed down his team-record tying 154th career save as Atlanta won 9-5. Simmons, a hard-throwing right-hander, had 14 saves in 14 opportunities and a 0.78 ERA for the M-Braves. He is the 86th M-Braves alum to advance to the major leagues. (Wondering what the M-Braves will do for a closer now as they chase a championship in the Southern League South Division.) … Just for the record: Former M-Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella, who made his big league debut on Wednesday, scored his first run and picked up his first RBI in today’s win.

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