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Clock Nears Midnight as Shuckers Top BayBears on Friday

July 20, 2019 - Southern League (SL) - Biloxi Shuckers News Release

MOBILE, AL - After four hours and two minutes of baseball on Friday night at Hank Aaron Stadium, the Biloxi Shuckers (58-39, 17-10 2nd half) walked away with a 12-7 win over the Mobile BayBears (40-55, 13-14 2nd half) in game two of the four-game set. Four multi-run innings and sixteen total hits from the offense helped push Biloxi's winning streak to a season-best seven games.

The Shuckers never trailed during the contest and struck for three early runs in the first inning against Tyler Carpenter (L, 1-1). Corey Ray doubled to lead off the game and Luis Aviles Jr. followed with a bunt single in his first at bat since being reinstated from the injured list. After Patrick Leonard struck out, Dillon Thomas smashed a three-run home run to right field to give Biloxi an early 3-0 lead.

Cooper Hummel yanked a solo homer over the right field wall to begin the second inning, the first of four hits on the game for the switch hitter. Hummel led off the fourth with a single while Alexander Alvarez and Ray drew consecutive walks to load the bases and end the night for Carpenter. After Isaac Mattson inherited the bases full, Jake Gatewood drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Leonard notched an RBI single and Thomas plated another with his own sac fly for a 7-0 lead.

Mobile responded with three straight doubles against Alec Bettinger to begin the fourth. Erick Salcedo drove in a pair with his two-bagger and with the bases loaded, Connor Justus was drilled in the back with a pitch to make it a 7-3 game. Bettinger was lifted in the fourth for Marcos Diplan (W, 2-4), who walked Jo Adell with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 7-4. Diplan worked into the sixth, allowing one run on one hit and three walks.

In the Shuckers sixth, Leonard sacrificed Bruce Caldwell home with a fly ball to right field that was dropped by Adell and allowed Leonard to reach second base. Thomas followed with a single to drive in Leonard, his fifth RBI of the game, and jump Biloxi to a 9-4 advantage.

With a comfortable 9-5 lead in the eighth the Shuckers strung together a two-out rally and hung another three spot on the board facing Joe Gatto. Gatewood doubled and Weston Wilson walked to put two on for C.J. Hinojosa, who tucked a double down the left-field line. Both runners scored while Hinojosa extended his hitting streak to a season high 12 games. Hummel followed in the next at bat with a single to score Hinojosa and cap the Shuckers tally with a 12-5 lead.

Cody Ponce gave up three straight hits in the eighth, including a two-run double to Jhoan Urena before tossing a scoreless ninth and working a 5-4-3 double play to end the game two minutes before the clock struck midnight.

The Shuckers continue their series with the BayBears on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm. The Shuckers will send RHP Dylan File (4-1, 3.58) to the mound and Mobile will throw RHP Luis Madero (4-7, 5.31). 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.

Half-Season Shuck Nation Memberships, Flex Plans 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 or by visiting the MGM Park front office. The Biloxi Shuckers will host Game 1 and Game 2 of the South Division Championship Series on September 4 & 5 at MGM Park. Tickets for all six potential playoff games at MGM Park are on sale now.

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