BILOXI, Miss., - Pensacola Blue Wahoos catcher Joe Hudson smashed his first home run this season in the third inning to give his team a 2-0 lead and the win over the Biloxi Shuckers Sunday afternoon at MGM Park.
Pensacola took four of the five games from Biloxi and shut the Shuckers out twice.
With Cincinnati Reds 2014 All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco doing his rehabilitation in Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos have three catchers. It's meant less playing time for Hudson, who was playing in only his second game this season.
However, Hudson got all of the pitch thrown by Taylor Jungmann. His blast to center field also scored third baseman Taylor Sparks, who singled on a soft grounder back to the pitcher.
Meanwhile, Pensacola righty Austin Ross threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, two walks and struck out three. He picked up his first win for the Blue Wahoos and is now 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
Jimmy Herget saved his fifth game in five appearances, striking out two. He's only allowed one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings on the year and struck out 13.
Pensacola's pitching staff has been dominant this season. It leads the Southern League with a 2.18 ERA, has the second most strikeouts with 90 and has allowed the second least amount of hits at 59.
After the first two series of the 2017 season, the Blue Wahoos are in first place in the South Division at 7-3.
At Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, last year's Blue Wahoos starter Sal Romano made his big leg debut Sunday. Romano got the loss, allowing a two-run homer to Ryan Braun and a solo homer to Travis Shaw in the third inning. Romano pitched three innings, allowed three runs, two earned, gave up three hits, walked four and struck out two. Relieving Romano was former Blue Wahoos pitcher Tim Adleman, who in his first game this season with Cincinnati pitched four innings, allowing two hits, including a home run and struck out five.
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos return home on April 17th to take on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Southern League. Follow the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at BlueWahoos.com, facebook.com/PensacolaBlueWahoos and twitter.com/BlueWahoosBBall.
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