I didn’t take video from this one, trying to limit exposure to the iPhone when the sprinkling started again.
It was a somber postgame as the bullpen blew another lead. This one wasn’t just a one-run lead. Aaron Greenwood came in with a 5-3 lead and a man at first and gave up a home run to his first batter to tie the game. He left it trailing 6-5, and Auburn padded that lead with two more runs against Chris Ellis.
Ellis looked good at times in his 2.2 innings, but he’s not throwing like he was before the abdominal issues forced him to miss a month.
This will go down as an Ole Miss loss against a left-hander, but the Rebels hit Auburn starter Michael O’Neal pretty good with seven hits and four runs in 4.0 innings.
It was right-hander Terrance Dedrick, the third Auburn pitcher, who shut down the Rebels with 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings. Dedrick entered the game with one out and Tanner Mathis at second and proceeded to retire Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone, who have been the Rebels’ hottest bats of late.
Mathis had three hits tonight, as did Auston Bousfield. Austin Anderson had two hits. Turner was 1-for-4, his one hit being and RBI double. Mistone was 0-for-4.
Game 3 is tomorrow at 1. Ole Miss will try to avoid its second-straight SEC series loss.
Tarp is on the field now. A very light rain, a mist, is falling now. The forecast indicates that the rain could move out before the official start time of 2:15. We’ll see.
The pitchers are Ole Miss’ Mike Mayers (3-4, 2.84) vs. Auburn lefty Michael O’Neal (8-3, 2.34).
Here’s our account of the Rebels’ 6-1 win in Game 1.
One thing that didn’t get mentioned last night was Will Jamison. He didn’t start in right field field but came off the bench and went 2-for-2 reaching on a bunt single in the seventh and delivering an RBI hit up the middle in the ninth.
Cameron Dishon started in right field to give the Rebels another right-handed bat in the lineup. He was solid in the outfield but was 0-for-2 at the plate.
Jamison is a left-handed hitter. Both of his at-bats came against Auburn’s right-handed reliever Trey Cochran-Gill.