The Biloxi Shuckers were held to just two hits on Thursday night, falling to Deck McGuire and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5-1. After a 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay, Shuckers starter Corbin Burnes tossed just 2 innings in the loss. Biloxi dropped to 2-6 on the current 10-game road trip and to 8-10 against Pensacola.
The Shuckers (13-20, 49-53) drew first blood for their fourth consecutive game, getting a solo home run from Blake Allemand in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. That would be their only threat against McGuire (W, 9-7), who would throw hitless ball over the next 6.1 innings to beat the Shuckers for the second time this month.
Burnes (L, 3-3) struggled for the second consecutive start, allowing four runs in the second inning on a two-run home run from Aristedes Aquino and back-to-back two-out hits from Blake Trahan and Gabriel Guerrero. Though the righty took his at-bat in the top of the third, an earlier slip on the wet infield grass prompted the Shuckers to remove him after two frames for precautionary reasons. Pensacola (17-16, 57-46) led 4-1 after two innings.
Hiram Burgos allowed an unearned run in the third, but got the game into the middle innings for the Shuckers. Travis Hissong and Josh Uhen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way to keep the score at 5-1. Unfortunately for Biloxi, McGuire and Geoff Broussard kept the Shuckers at arm's length to give Pensacola their second straight victory.
In his Double-A debut, Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes, Jr. went 1 for 4 with an eighth-inning single for the only other Biloxi hit of the night.
The Shuckers lost ground to Pensacola and Jacksonville, and find themselves 4 games out of first place with 37 games remaining in the regular season.
Freddy Peralta looks to reverse his team's fortunes as he faces off against Pensacola's Jose Lopez in game four of the series on Friday. First pitch is at 6:35 pm with live coverage beginning 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, MiLB.TV and TuneIn Radio.
The Shuckers will return to MGM Park on Sunday, July 30 for a five-game series against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at any Ticketmaster outlet or bloxishuckers.com.