Casteel leads M-Braves win

By JOE CANNON
Posted 6/11/19

Facing one of his former teams, Ryan Casteel made a big splash over the weekend, but Mother Nature made an even bigger one.

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Casteel leads M-Braves win

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Facing one of his former teams, Ryan Casteel made a big splash over the weekend, but Mother Nature made an even bigger one.

Making a return to the home of the Jackson (Tenn.) Generals, where he played a half season for the Seattle Mariners organization in 2017, Casteel went 1-for-5 Friday and followed that up with a 3-for-4 performance with a blast and four runs batted in a game that took three days to complete.

Saturday's contest began in a rain shower, but that didn't slow down the Mississippi Braves' offense in the top of the first inning.

Drew Waters ripped a one-out triple to the gap in right-center to start a rally. 

A walk to Riley Unroe put two on base for Casteel, who blasted a 396-foot three-run shot down the left-field line.

Casteel struck again in his second at-bat, lacing a run-scoring single in the top of the third. 

Play was suspended at the end of the inning, but when they gathered in West Tennessee again Sunday, they were unable to get in a full inning of play.

Casteel laced another single in the conclusion of the 6-1 Mississippi Braves victory  Monday evening.

The dinger was Casteel's team-leading seventh of the campaign and upped his RBI total to 25.

Casteel was hitless in three at bats in Monday's 2-1 Braves win in the nightcap.

The former Bradley Central and Cleveland State standout is hitting .286 with a .366 OBP, .480 slugging percentage and an .845 OPS.

He has 42 hits, including 14 for extra bases (7 doubles, 7 HRs), in 41 games for the Atlanta Double-A farm team.

Having won three straight over the Generals, Mississippi (29-32) will wrap up the five-game road trip with another doubleheader today in Jackson (34-29). The Braves will head home to Jackson, Miss., to take on Mobile (23-37), a Los Angeles Angels affiliate, for a five-game set.  

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