BILOXI, MS - The Biloxi Shuckers played through the rain on Monday and defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 5-0, thanks to a strong effort from starter Aaron Wilkerson and the resurgent bat of Mauricio Dubon. The Shuckers posted its first shutout of the season in the opener of the five-game road series.
Wilkerson pitched a complete game, going five innings while scattering four hits and striking out five. He benefitted from the solid work of his backstop Jacob Nottingham, who threw out two baserunners trying to steal second base.
After the Shuckers squandered opportunities in the first three innings, Dubon broke through with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth. His three-run double against Lookouts starter Kohl Stewart gave the Shuckers a lead they would not give back.
Biloxi added two more in the top of the sixth, as Javier Betancourt and Dubon each notched RBI singles against reliever Randy Rosario for extra insurance runs as the skies darkened.
Nick Ramirez took the mound to begin the bottom of the sixth, but players were pulled off the field by the umpiring crew and never returned. The game was called 50 minutes later to finalize the 5-0 Shuckers victory.
The two teams return to action Tuesday night at 6:15 CT, as Jorge Lopez of the Shuckers opposes Matt Tracy for the Lookouts. The Beau Rivage Pregame Show starts at 5:55 on the Shuckers Radio Network.
Because of the Shuckers win on Tuesday night, fans can use the promo code SHUCKERS at papajohns.com and receive 50% off your regular price order. Valid at all participating Papa John's locations.
The Shuckers will return home to begin a five-game series against the Jackson (TN) Generals (Arizona) on Saturday, April 22. On Saturday, the Shuckers will partner with March of Dimes for a benefit jersey auction. The jersey features a unique aquatic design, showcasing the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was designed by Ocean Springs tattoo artist Matt Stebly. Saturday also features the second fireworks show of the season. The homestand continues with Family Fun Day and a ZOOperstars! performance on April 23, Bark in the Park presented by Raising Cane's on April 24 and the first Education Day of the year on April 26.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at any Ticketmaster outlet or at 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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