BILOXI, MS - Behind another masterful performance from starter Jorge Lopez and homers from Orlando Arcia and Brett Phillips, the Biloxi Shuckers took a 1-0 lead in the BC Powder's Southern League Championship Series after a 7-2 triumph in game one on Wednesday night at MGM Park. In four postseason games, the Shuckers are now 4-0 and have scored 24 runs on 42 hits, with just one opposing starter lasting into the sixth inning (Daniel Wright - 5.1 innings on Sept. 10).
The game one winner has won three of the last four Southern League Championships. After four games, Shuckers starting pitchers have a 0.34 ERA, giving up just one earned run over 28.2 innings. Lopez stopped the consecutive innings without an earned run by giving up one in the third inning.
Biloxi (1-0) had to play from behind for the first time this postseason as Chattanooga (0-1) plated the first run of the game in the third on a RBI single off the bat of Jorge Polanco, scoring Stuart Turner. The earned was the first in 24.1 innings allowed by Shuckers starting pitching this postseason.
The Shuckers had a quick answer in the home-half of the third. Adam Weisenburger (1x2, 2 R) started the inning by being hit by a pitch and came around to score the tying run on Yadiel Rivera's (2x5, 3 RBI, R, 2B, 3B) triple to right-center field. Arcia (2x3, HR, 3 RBI, R, BB) followed with a line drive blast just to the right of the auxiliary scoreboard in left field to give Biloxi a 3-1 lead.
In four postseason games, the Milwaukee Brewers' top-ranked prospect is batting .625, 10-for-16 with three doubles, a triple, three homeruns and nine RBI.
The two-run margin was more than enough for Lopez (2-0). In seven innings of work, the 22-year-old allowed just the one run on four hits, a walk and six strikeouts. In two starts over the postseason, the Puerto Rico native has allowed two runs - one earned - over 13.2 innings of work while walking four and striking out 13.
Phillips (1x3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB) extended Biloxi's lead to three with a solo shot in the fourth, his first long ball since joining the Shuckers on Aug. 1. Arcia added another RBI in the fifth with a single up the middle to bring in Nick Shaw (1x4, R, 2B). Rivera plated two more runs in the sixth on a double to center that scored Phillips and Weisenburger to give the Shuckers a commanding, 7-1, lead.
Josh Hader came out of the bullpen to take the eighth and worked around an error and a walk by striking out the side. Damien Magnifico took the bump in the ninth and allowed a run, but ultimately finished off the game
Biloxi will look to take a two-game advantage in the best-of-five matchup with Chattanooga in game two on Thursday night at MGM Park. RHP Adrian Houser (1-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the postseason for the Shuckers, and first since tossing a shutout and striking out 10 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in game two of the Divisional Round on Sept. 11. LHP Jason Wheeler (0-0, 1.50) toes the rubber for the Lookouts, his second of the year against Biloxi. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., with coverage beginning at 6:55 p.m. on 1240-AM WGCM, 1580-AM WPMO and the Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network. Fans can also listen to the game using the TuneIn Radio app or by going to www.biloxishuckers.com.
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