Behind a dominant outing from the pitching staff and another home run by Weston Wilson, the Biloxi Shuckers (20-20) blanked the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (14-26) 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Shuckers claimed the series win with the victory in the rubber match.
As he's done all season, Wilson continued to hit the ball hard against Jumbo Shrimp pitching. Facing RHP Jordan Yamamoto (L, 2-4) with one out in the fourth, Wilson cranked a solo home run to left, his tenth of the season and ninth against Jacksonville, to give Biloxi a 1-0 lead.
The Shuckers added to their lead in the top of the fifth. Luis Aviles Jr. led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Batting with the infield drawn in, catcher Robie Rojas singled up the middle, driving in Aviles to make it 2-0. The single was the first Double-A hit for Rojas, who was added to the Shuckers roster before the game on Wednesday.
On the mound, RHP Bowden Francis (W, 1-3) turned in his best outing with the Shuckers, throwing six scoreless innings. The righty allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight in his start, retiring the final eight batters that he faced en route to his first Double-A win.
RHP Cody Ponce (H, 2) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Shuckers and LHP Daniel Brown (H, 3) worked around two base runners in the eighth inning to keep the Jumbo Shrimp off the board. After Brown retired John Silviano for the first out in the ninth, RHP Luke Barker (S, 3) came in and took care of Bryson Brigman and Rodrigo Vigil to secure his third save of the season.
Biloxi now returns to MGM Park to start a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday night at 6:35 pm. RHP Alec Bettinger (0-3, 6.75) is set to take the mound for the Shuckers while the Lookouts have not named a starter. On Double Play Thursday presented by Polk's Meat Products, Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker 108, fans can enjoy $2 Yuengling drafts, $2 Coca-Cola products, $2 hot dogs and $3 draft beer specials. Fans can also purchas 'The Double Play,' which includes a Reserved Level ticket and two drink vouchers for $10 in advance and $12 on game day. The game can be heard locally in Biloxi on Cruisin' WGCM AM 1240/100.9 FM, TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App and can be seen on MiLB.TV. Fans can save $10 off their subscription when they use the promo code 'Shuckers' at checkout.
Full Season Shuck Nation memberships, Weekender Shuck Nation memberships and Group Outings for the 2019 Biloxi Shuckers season are on sale now and are available for purchase by calling 228-233-3465, online at biloxishuckers.com or by visiting the MGM Park front office. Biloxi will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Festivities, with a Home Run Derby on Monday, June 17 and the All-Star Game at 6:35 pm on Tuesday, June 18 at MGM Park. Tickets for 2019 All-Star Events are on sale now.
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