The Biloxi Shuckers were unable to dig out of an early deficit on Thursday, falling to the Mobile BayBears by a score of 11-5. The Shuckers fall to 3.5 games out of first place with 11 games to play in the regular season.
Jon Perrin (L, 5-3) was the victim of some bad luck in a long first inning, allowing a solo home run to Matt Thaiss but coaxing what appeared to be a double-play grounder to end a threat. Second baseman Javier Betancourt was unable to make the play, and Mobile capitalized on the opportunity to score three unearned runs and go up 4-0.
Blake Allemand provided most of Biloxi's offensive highlights on the night, driving in the team's first three runs with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run single in the third. The Shuckers chased starter Jake Jewell after three innings, but Abel De Los Santos (W, 4-1) stranded three runners on base over 1.2 innings to keep the Mobile lead intact.
Perrin allowed two earned runs through 5.0 innings, and Forrest Snow allowed an unearned run in 2.0 frames of relief work. Quintin Torres-Costa loaded the bases in the eighth without recording an out, and Josh Uhen had similar struggles as the BayBears added five insurance runs. Matt Ramsey let in an additional run in the ninth inning.
The Shuckers did not go down quietly though as Jacob Nottingham and Jake Gatewood hit tape measure home runs to left in the eighth and ninth. The homer for Gatewood was his first at MGM Park and extended his hitting streak to six games.
Johnny Davis singled in the first inning and picked up his league-leading 41st stolen base on the season.
First-place Jacksonville's game against Birmingham was postponed due to rain, so Mobile gains a half-game in the standings to trail by 1.5 games.