Senzel, LaValley Crush Homers in Win

Pensacola wins second straight over Biloxi.

(Barrett McClean Photography)

By Duwayne Escobedo / Pensacola Blue Wahoos | July 7, 2017 11:37 PM

BILOXI, Miss., - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos added third baseman Nick Senzel and first baseman Gavin LaValley to its rosters to start the second half of the Southern League season.

All they've done since coming up from High-A Daytona Tortugas is deliver clutch hits for the Blue Wahoos, including each smashing solo shots in a 3-1 victory Friday over the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park. The victory captured the series for Pensacola, 3-1, with the fifth game set for 6:35 p.m. Saturday.

Senzel's line drive over the left field wall was his second for Pensacola in 15 games. It gave Pensacola a, 2-1, lead in the sixth inning. The Cincinnati Reds first round pick in 2016 and top-rated prospect has now hit in nine straight games, including 10 of his last 11.

LaValley's deep fly ball to left center field in the ninth inning was his third for Pensacola and the 18th this year. Ranked the No. 26 Reds prospect, he has hit in seven of his last 10 games.

Meanwhile, four Pensacola pitchers combined to work nine innings and allowed one run to Biloxi on six hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts. The Blue Wahoos bullpen combined to throw 6.2 scoreless innings.

Blue Wahoos right-handed starter Austin Ross pitched the first 2.1 innings and allowed the single run by the Shuckers before coming out of the game for Blue Wahoos reliever Robert Stock.

The 25-year-old Stock tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out four. Geoff Broussard relieved him with 2.1 scoreless innings, one hit and a strikeout. Closing out the game with his third save for Pensacola was Carlos Gonzalez who walked one and struck out two in one inning of relief.

On the mound for Biloxi was the Milwaukee Brewers No. 19 ranked prospect, righty Freddy Peralta. Peralta, who was starting his third game in Double-A, threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, a walk and he struck out eight. He is now 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA.

Biloxi's only run of the game came when second baseman Wendell Rijo doubled in first baseman Dustin DeMuth in the second inning.

Pensacola is now 8-7 and a half game behind the South Division leader the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, whose game was postponed Friday because of bad weather. Pensacola is 48-37 overall.

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