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Shuckers Close 2021 Season with 5-0 Shutout of Smokies

September 19, 2021 - Double-A South League (AA South) - Biloxi Shuckers News Release

BILOXI, MS - The Biloxi Shuckers (45-69) concluded the 2021 season with a 5-0 win over the Tennessee Smokies (46-63) on Sunday afternoon at MGM Park. It was the first time the Shuckers have recorded back-to-back shutouts since Biloxi blanked Mobile twice in May of 2019.

RHP Jesus Castillo (W, 5-9) took the mound for the Shuckers and worked around an early jam in the first. Luis Vazquez singled and Carlos Sepulveda worked a walk to put the first two men on base, but Castillo induced a flyout from the next batter before the Shuckers turned a double play to end the frame.

Biloxi's offense cracked the scoreboard in the home half of the third inning. David Hamilton hit a one-out single and stole second, his 52nd steal of the season between two levels, before Hayden Cantrelle singled to right, plating Hamilton to give the Shuckers a 1-0 lead. Cantrelle then swiped second base and Mitch Longo drove him home with an RBI triple, pushing the Biloxi advantage to 2-0. Chad Spanberger capped the scoring in the frame with an RBI single, putting the Shuckers up 3-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cantrelle added on another run with an RBI triple, bringing home Brent Diaz who had walked to begin the frame. The triple was part of a three-hit effort for Cantrelle, who drove in two and scored a run in the victory.

Castillo scattered five hits over his six scoreless frames, walking just one batter while striking out three. The Shuckers gave their starter his final run of support in the bottom of the sixth when Cam Devanney, Hamilton and Cantrelle all singled to load up the bases and Thomas Dillard worked a walk to force in a run and move Biloxi in front 5-0.

LHP Leo Crawford, RHP Zack Brown and LHP Cody Beckman combined to pitch the last three frames, allowing two hits and striking out four, including three by Beckman in the ninth inning to close out the victory. The Shuckers finish the season on a three-game winning streak and close out the campaign with a series victory over the Smokies, winning their four-game set three games to one and taking the season series six games to four.

The 2022 Biloxi Shuckers schedule has been announced and Shuck Nation Memberships and group outings will be available later. Event spaces at MGM Park can be booked for private events during the offseason by calling (228) 271-3486.

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