PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Wahoos were not able to capitalize on the momentum of last night's win and fell to the Shuckers 6-3 Tuesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The two teams combined for six errors and 28 strikeouts
Keury Mella (L, 4-3) had a rough outing in his 12th start for Pensacola. Mella started off with one-two-three in the first inning. However, Mella allowed six runs over the next three innings before being taken out. Mella pitched 3.2 innings and along with the six runs, two walks, six hits, and seven strikeouts.
Starter Zack Brown (W, 5-0) pitched a solid game for Biloxi. Brown had a season-high 11 strikeouts in the ballgame, along with one walk, and four hits in six innings. Shuckers are 11-1 in Brown's starts. Nate Griep (S, 20) was called to close out the game and retired three of the last four Wahoos batters to get him his 20th save of the season and give the Shuckers the series lead.
The Wahoos scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nick Longhi scored on a wild pitch by Brown to get the Wahoos on the board. Daniel Sweet delivered a pinch-hit single which scored Luis Gonzalez and Brian O'Grady to cut the Wahoos deficit to 6-3. All four Wahoos hits for the game came in the fourth inning. Pensacola didn't get another runner past second base for the rest of the night.
The Shuckers earned the win despite committing four errors. Pensacola's bullpen was solid with Juan Martinez, Jesus Reyes and Brennan Bernardino combining for 5.1 scoreless innings. Wahoos pitching combined for 12 strikeouts of Shucker batters.
The series continues Wednesday night as right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (1-8, 6.75) will pitch for the Wahoos against Biloxi southpaw Kodi Medeiros (4-2, 3.99). Wednesday's game can be found on the radio at 97.1 The Ticket, 1490 AM Milton, CST, and www.bluewahoos.com. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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