JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Biloxi Shuckers were walked off for the third time in four games at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, falling 3-2 to the Jumbo Shrimp on Wednesday afternoon. John Norwood's solo home run in the 10th inning was the game-winner in the series finale.
Freddy Peralta was solid once again for the Shuckers, departing with two outs in the sixth inning with the game still scoreless. The young righty struck out five batters over 5.2 innings, allowing only one run that came in after he departed the game. Omar Bencomo was just as good for the Jumbo Shrimp, scattering three hits over five shutout innings.
Quintin Torres-Costa allowed Peralta's inherited runner to score with an RBI single to Cam Maron in the sixth inning, but recovered with a scoreless seventh in his Double-A debut. The Hawaii native, Torres-Costa was activated just prior to Wednesday's game and was making his Double-A debut.
With the Jumbo Shrimp leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Javier Betancourt singled into the gap and Dustin Houle launched his first home run of the season into the right field stands to give the Shuckers a 2-1 lead. Houle was replaced by fellow catcher Jacob Nottingham after the home run due to an apparent injury.
Biloxi's lead would not last long, however, as Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the eighth with a single off Jorge Lopez and took third on a Norwood single. Maron lofted a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game 2-2.
Lopez worked out of a jam in the ninth, loading the bases with one out but striking out pinch-hitter Alex Yarbrough and getting Brian Anderson to ground out to send the game to extras.
In the tenth, Dustin DeMuth took second base on a leadoff strikeout but Clayton Mortensen (W, 2-0) retired the next three batters to keep the Shuckers off the board. Norwood led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run off Nick Ramirez (L, 4-3) to end the ballgame.
Luis Ortiz matches up against Jordan Stephens on Thursday as the Shuckers return home to MGM Park to face the Birmingham Barons. First pitch is at 6:35 pm CT with live coverage beginning at 6:15 pm on Cruisin' WGCM AM-1240/FM-100.9 and the Shuckers Radio Network. The game will also be available at biloxishuckers.com, MiLB.TV and TuneIn Radio.
Grab your best tropical attire and beach hat and come out to MGM Park to enjoy Parrot Head Night, aka Jimmy Buffett Night on Thursday! The Shuckers will host a pregame concert featuring Matt Hoggatt of Radio Margaritaville on Sirius XM beginning at 5:30 pm! There will be Jimmy Buffett tunes, lei giveaways and entertainment including a Cheeseburger in Paradise eating contest! Not to mention, $5 Margaritas and Half-Pound Cheeseburgers in Paradise throughout the game! It's also Thirsty Thursday as fans can enjoy $2 Yuengling Drafts at two locations inside MGM Park, $2 Fountain Soft Drinks and $3 weekly Draft Beer Specials. Thirsty Thursday is presented by Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker 108. Also, fans can purchase a reserved level ticket and two drink vouchers for $10! Season ticket holders remember to bring your refillable mugs and get them refilled for $2! Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at any Ticketmaster outlet or biloxishuckers.com.
ABOUT THE BILOXI SHUCKERS: The Biloxi Shuckers are the Double-A Southern League Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Shuckers play at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information, please visit biloxishuckers.com and follow us on Twitter @biloxishuckers and at facebook.com/biloxishuckers.com.
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