PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola Blue Wahoos right-hander Deck McGuire pitched eight shutout innings with 13 strikeouts, and left fielder Josh VanMeter had four hits, driving in both runs in a 2-0 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in Game One of the best-of-five Southern League South Division Championship Series at Blue Wahoos Stadium Wednesday night.
Earlier Wednesday, due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs announced that the 2017 BC® Powder Southern League Championship Series had been canceled. Each of the winners of the best-of-five North and South Division Series will be declared Co-Champions for the 2017 Southern League season.
Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Chris Mazza and Blue Wahoos right-hander Deck McGuire dueled in a scoreless game until the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Blue Wahoos second baseman singled to right field and went to second base on center fielder Gabriel Guerrero's groundout. Left fielder Josh VanMeter then singled into left field, scoring Long.
Mazza lasted seven innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Left-hander Daniel Schlereth got the first two outs of the eighth inning before walking Guerrero. A balk by Schlereth moved Guerrero to second base, and VanMeter singled into center field, scoring Guerrero to make it 2-0.
After eight scoreless innings with four hits, no walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts, McGuire gave way to right-hander Tanner Rainey for the ninth inning. Rainey walked left fielder Austin Dean and Miami Marlins rehabbing first baseman Justin Bour. Right fielder John Norwood singled to left field to load the bases and chase Rainey. Right-hander Zack Weiss entered, striking out catcher Cam Maron and third baseman David Vidal. He got shortstop KC Serna to ground into a fielder's choice for the final out, earning a save for Weiss and a win for McGuire.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp's 2017 playoff run presented by Community First Credit Union continues with Game Two of the best-of-five South Division Championship Series in Pensacola at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, when Jacksonville left-hander Matt Tomshaw is scheduled to face Blue Wahoos right-hander Jose Lopez. Fans can listen to playoff games on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 7:20 p.m. Thursday with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" locally on FM 100.3 The Biz and AM 1600, on the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.
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