In their series finale with the Mobile BayBears (19-30), the Biloxi Shuckers (28-22) scored twice in the late innings to come away with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Hank Aaron Stadium. Trent Grisham led the offense, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBI's and a run scored.
Grisham's first hit of the game put the Shuckers in front almost instantly. Luis Aviles Jr. bunted his way on base to start the game and Grisham followed by walloping a two-run homer over the right-field wall, his seventh of the year, to put Biloxi in front 2-0. The Brewers #30 prospect added a bunt single to start the third inning and just missed another home run when he tripled off the centerfield batters' eye with two outs in the fifth.
RHP Bowden Francis kept the BayBears off the board until the fifth inning, when Brandon Sandoval singled in a run to pull the BayBears within one at 2-1. The run scored by Sandoval ended a 27.1 innings scoreless streak from Shuckers' pitching. Francis didn't factor into the decision but turned in his second quality start in his last three outings, posting six innings and allowing just one run on four hits while walking four and striking out three.
Mobile pulled even in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Jahmai Jones off RHP Cody Ponce (W, 1-0). Biloxi recaptured the lead in the top of the eighth inning after Patrick Leonard doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch from RHP Dario Beltre (L, 1-2) and scored on a fielder's choice from Dillon Thomas. Grisham added the final run in the top of the ninth inning when he singled in C.J. Hinojosa from second.
Ponce came out for the top of the eighth and recorded the first two outs but issued a walk to Julian Leon and allowed a single to Brendon Sanger, putting men on the corners. RHP Luke Barker (S, 4) entered the game and struck out Connor Justus to keep the Shuckers ahead before working a clean 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Biloxi now enjoys an off day on Monday before starting a five-game series against the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday night at 6:35 pm at MGM Park. The Shuckers are scheduled to send RHP Alec Bettinger (1-4, 5.59) to the mound while the Smokies have not named a starter. 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. It's T-Shirt Tuesday, where the first 250 fans through the gates will receive a special 'How I Met Your Mother' themed t-shirt courtesy of South Mississippi Business Machines. Gates open at 5:30 pm.
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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The Biloxi Shuckers are the Double-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Shuckers play at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi and will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game on June 18. For more information please visit biloxishuckers.com and follow us on Twitter @biloxishuckers and at facebook.com/biloxishuckers.
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