Wilkerson flirts with no-no as Shuckers beat Braves in series finale

Aaron Wilkerson tossed a club-best 6.2 no-hit innings on Wednesday

Aaron Wilkerson surrendered a home run to Carlos Franco in the seventh inning with two outs to break up no-hit bid (Hunter Reed)

By Biloxi Shuckers | May 17, 2017 10:26 PM ET

BILOXI, MS For the second straight night, the Biloxi Shuckers flirted with a no-hitter with a 4-1 win over the Mississippi Braves. Aaron Wilkerson  (W, 3-2) struck out nine over seven innings and took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings before allowing a solo home run.

The dominant performance marked the deepest a pitcher has gone into a hitless outing in Shuckers history, surpassing the 6.1 no-hit innings delivered by Jorge Lopez in August of 2015, at Jackson. The Shuckers are now in a tie with the Braves and a game back in second place in the Southern League South Division standings. 

Braves pitcher Max Fried (L, 2-5) was nearly as good, but the Shuckers were able to bunch together hits against the lefty to give Wilkerson breathing room. A three-run third was highlighted by an RBI single from Johnny Davis and a double from Mauricio Dubon off the top of the right field wall that turned into a little-league home run when a throw from Keith Curcio flew into the stands. Jacob Nottingham added a run in the sixth with an RBI single.

Staked to a comfortable lead, Wilkerson entered cruise control. He struck out eight and walked just one before Carlos Franco hit his league-leading 10th home run with two outs in the sixth. Wilkerson finished off his night with a strikeout of Curcio before ceding the game to Tayler Scott .

Scott pitched a hitless eighth to earn a hold, and Matt Ramsey (S, 11) pitched around a single to seal his league-leading 11th save of the season.

With his double and another single, Dubon's 2-for-2 night gave him a .314 batting average at night's end and a league-leading 49 hits. The 22-year-old from Honduras also has a team-best 11-game hitting streak and 19 multi-hit games.

The Shuckers will begin the second leg of the 10-game homestand on Thursday night and welcome the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins) for their first and only visit to MGM Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm, with the Beau Rivage Pregame Show starting 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 and TuneIn Radio.

The Shuckers' homestand at MGM Park continues on Thursday with great promotions:

Thirsty Thursday - Enjoy $2 Yuengling Drafts at two locations, $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 Shuckers tickets in advance at any Ticketmaster outlet or biloxishuckers.com.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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