Biloxi Blanks Jumbo Shrimp in Wednesday Rubber Match
LOXI, MS - Behind a dominant outing from the pitching staff and another home run by Weston Wilson, the Biloxi Shuckers (20-20) blanked the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (14-26) 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Shuckers claimed the series win with the victory in the rubber match.
As he's done all season, Wilson continued to hit the ball hard against Jumbo Shrimp pitching. Facing RHP Jordan Yamamoto (L, 2-4) with one out in the fourth, Wilson cranked a solo home run to left, his tenth of the season and ninth against Jacksonville, to give Biloxi a 1-0 lead.
The Shuckers added to their lead in the top of the fifth. Luis Aviles Jr. led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Batting with the infield drawn in, catcher Robie Rojas singled up the middle, driving in Aviles to make it 2-0. The single was the first Double-A hit for Rojas, who was added to the Shuckers roster before the game on Wednesday.
On the mound, RHP Bowden Francis (W, 1-3) turned in his best outing with the Shuckers, throwing six scoreless innings. The righty allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight in his start, retiring the final eight batters that he faced en route to his first Double-A win.
RHP Cody Ponce (H, 2) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Shuckers and LHP Daniel Brown (H, 3) worked around two base runners in the eighth inning to keep the Jumbo Shrimp off the board. After Brown retired John Silviano for the first out in the ninth, RHP Luke Barker (S, 3) came in and took care of Bryson Brigman and Rodrigo Vigil to secure his third save of the season.
Biloxi now returns to MGM Park to start a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday night at 6:35 pm. RHP Alec Bettinger (0-3, 6.75) is set to take the mound for the Shuckers while the Lookouts have not named a starter. On Double Play Thursday presented by Polk's Meat Products, Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker 108, fans can enjoy $2 Yuengling drafts, $2 Coca-Cola products, $2 hot dogs and $3 draft beer specials. Fans can also purchas 'The Double Play,' which includes a Reserved Level ticket and two drink vouchers for $10 in advance and $12 on game day. The game can be heard locally in Biloxi on Cruisin' WGCM AM 1240/100.9 FM, TuneIn Radio or the MiLB First Pitch App and can be seen on MiLB.TV. Fans can save $10 off their subscription when they use the promo code 'Shuckers' at checkout.
Full Season Shuck Nation memberships, Weekender Shuck Nation memberships and Group Outings for the 2019 Biloxi Shuckers season are on sale now and are available for purchase by calling 228-233-3465, online at biloxishuckers.com or by visiting the MGM Park front office. Biloxi will host the 2019 Southern League All-Star Festivities, with a Home Run Derby on Monday, June 17 and the All-Star Game at 6:35 pm on Tuesday, June 18 at MGM Park. Tickets for 2019 All-Star Events are on sale now.
• Discuss this story on the Southern League message board...
Southern League Stories from May 15, 2019
- Barons Conclude Road Trip with Loss to Smokies - Birmingham Barons
- Smokies Take Rubber Match 7-3 over Birmingham - Tennessee Smokies
- Biloxi Shuckers Homestand Highlights May 16-20 - Biloxi Shuckers
- Atlanta Braves Select Contract of M-Braves Alum, Mississippian Austin Riley - Mississippi Braves
- Lookouts Fall Short 7-6 in Series Finale - Chattanooga Lookouts
- Biloxi Blanks Jumbo Shrimp in Wednesday Rubber Match - Biloxi Shuckers
- Shuckers Take Rubber Game from Jacksonville - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Generals Gameday: May 15 at Mobile - Jackson Generals
- Home on Thursday: Generals Host Smokies, May 16-20 - Jackson Generals
- Angels Select Contract of Former BayBear Jared Walsh - Mobile BayBears
- Jumbo Shrimp Officially Announce 121 Financial Crustacean Corner - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Doubleheader Scheduled for June 3 at Regions Field - Birmingham Barons
- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game Notes, May 15 vs. Biloxi - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Four in a Row: Generals Take Back and Forth Game at Mobile, 8-7 - Jackson Generals
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Biloxi Shuckers Stories
- Louisiana Knights Back in Action at MGM Park for Fall Season
- Batting Practice Experience Soon to be Available at MGM Park
- 'Schooner's Landing' Golf Experience at MGM Park Extended Through September
- 'Schooner's Landing' Golf Experience Set to Return to MGM Park
- Louisiana Knights Set to Return to MGM Park