JACKSON, TN - The Biloxi Shuckers (1-0) jumped out to an early lead and did not relent in a 7-0 win over the Jackson Generals (0-1) on Tuesday night at the Ballpark at Jackson. RHP Braden Webb (W, 1-0) allowed just one hit in his six innings-plus of work, taking a no-hitter into the seventh.
Biloxi scored a pair of runs in the first inning against RHP Taylor Widener (L, 0-1). Corey Ray worked a leadoff walk and came in to score on a double to right by Troy Stokes Jr., giving the Shuckers a 1-0 edge two batters into the game. Stokes advanced to third on the throw home as Ray scored and touched the plate after a passed ball by Dominic Miroglio, putting Biloxi up 2-0.
Webb took the lead and ran with it, allowing just two baserunners on a pair of walks in the first two frames before retiring 14 batters in a row. The 23-year-old struck out five batters in a row during the middle innings, and allowed his only hit of the night on a double by Domingo Leyba in the seventh. In his first playoff start, Webb spun six scoreless innings and struck out seven.
Widener settled down in the middle innings, retiring 13 in a row at one point. In the sixth, however, Stokes and Grisham started the inning with back-to-back singles before Keston Hiura was hit by an 0-2 pitch, loading the bases. A run scored on a wild pitch by Widener, and Lucas Erceg drove in two more with a double, putting the Shuckers in front 5-0.
RHP Jeff Ames, RHP Jon Olczak and RHP Miguel Sanchez all tossed a scoreless frame of relief for Biloxi. Weston Wilson added an RBI single in the eighth, and Dillon Thomas hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, his first as a Shucker, to give Biloxi their final margin of 7-0.
With a 1-0 series lead, the Shuckers will send RHP Zack Brown (0-0, 3.00) to the mound in Game Two on Wednesday night at 6:05 PM CT, the final game in Jackson. Generals' RHP Jon Duplantier (0-1, 2.45) will take the hill for Jackson opposite Brown. The game can be heard locally on Cruisin' WGCM AM 1240/100.9 FM, TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App.
Playoff tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday can be purchased at the MGM Park box office or over the phone through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Group outings are also available and can be reserved by calling 228-233-3465 or visiting www.biloxishuckers.com.
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