The Biloxi Shuckers (18-20) held a two-run lead over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (14-24) in the fifth inning but saw Jacksonville rally for three unanswered runs to top Biloxi 4-3 on Monday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The Jumbo Shrimp struck for a run in the first inning on sacrifice fly by Justin Twine. RHP Trey Supak (L, 3-2) worked through the next three innings without incident, allowing just two base runners.
RHP Robert Dugger (W, 3-5) retired the first 13 Shuckers batters in order as part of a 12-strikeout night. Biloxi got to the right-hander in the fifth, starting with a single from Patrick Leonard. Bruce Caldwell followed with a two-run homer to right, his second of the season, to put the Shuckers up 2-1. Alexander Alvarez doubled with two outs, and Supak drove in a run with an RBI single to left, plating Alvarez to make it 3-1 Biloxi.
Jacksonville came up with a response to tie the game in the home half of the fifth. Bryson Brigman doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a lineout by Rodrigo Vigil. After a walk to Dugger, Magneuris Sierra attempted to drag a bunt up the first base line. Leonard charged on and threw home, cutting down Brigman to prevent a run from scoring. In the ensuing at bat, Brian Miller doubled off the right-field wall, driving in two to knot the game at 3-3.
In the sixth, Justin Twine and Stone Garrett both singled, putting men on the edges with no outs for Joe Dunand. The second baseman for Jacksonville lifted a ball into centerfield that was deep enough to plate Twine from third, giving Jacksonville a 4-3 advantage.
Biloxi put a runner on base in the seventh, eighth and ninth but was unable to push the tying run across. LHP Dylan Lee (S, 3) walked Luis Aviles Jr. with two outs in the ninth but induced a groundball to end the game for Jacksonville.
Looking to even the series, Biloxi will send RHP Drew Rasmussen (0-0, 4.50) to the mound on Tuesday night for a 6:05 pm CT first pitch. Jacksonville has not announced 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. 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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