BILOXI – With a 6-2 win over the Montgomery Biscuits Wednesday night, the Biloxi Shuckers' pitching staff continued its recent outstanding run against the Southern League.
Right-hander Jorge Lopez took his turn in the Shuckers' rotation and put together another quality start. Lopez allowed one run on four hits in six innings, striking out three and walking one.
“I just attack the hitter,” Lopez said. “I've been learning lot. I've got to credit (catcher Adam) Weisenburger. He's been doing a really good job back there. I work off that and try to make those pitches.”
Lopez, a Southern League South Division All-Star, improved to 5-2.
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In Biloxi's current five-game winning streak, the team's starting pitchers have allowed three runs on 16 hits in 33 innings.
Since June 2, Biloxi's pitchers have registered 12 quality starts in the last 15 games and a 1.60 ERA.
“When you've got good pitchers, they feed off each other,” Shuckers manager Carlos Subero said.
Biloxi pitching coach Chris Hook has seen a healthy dynamic develop on the pitching staff as a whole.
“They're a competitive group,” Hook said. “They're all pulling for each other, but they're all competitive. That's just how it works. Guys go out and throw well. The next guy tries to throw better. We had a little down swing in mid-May, but the guys have really thrown well.”
A total of 3,572 fans showed up to watch the series opener Wednesday for the third largest crowd in MGM Park's brief six-game history.
Wednesday night marked the first time that the suites have been open at the new ballpark.
Biloxi broke through with a four-run run fourth to set the lead at 5-0 and put the game out of reach for the Biscuits.
As part of the four-run rally, Taylor Green lifted a high homer to the power alley in right field for a three-run shot, his second homer at MGM Park and his fourth of the season.
“I would say that was the key at-bat of the game,” Subero said. “He had a good hit in the ninth against Mississippi the other day. He's an experienced guy. He knows what to do with a 2-0 changeup.”
The fourth run of the fourth came on a throwing error by Montgomery right fielder Dayron Varona following a single by Weisenburger. Victor Roache advanced from second to third on the hit and took home when Varona's throw home was well off the mark.
With the speedy Kyle Wren promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week, Josh Fellhauer filled in well in the leadoff spot on Wednesday for the Shuckers.
Fellhauer reached base four times against the Biscuits. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two bases on balls.
“That's my job, get on base for the big boppers,” Fellhauer said. “I think I did my job tonight.”
Fellhauer doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and later took home on a wild pitch by Biscuits starter Ryne Stanek (2-1) to give the Shuckers an early 1-0 lead.
It was just the first of many examples of poor control from Stanek, who walked five and gave up four earned runs on five hits in five innings.
The Shuckers host Montgomery at 7:10 p.m. Thursday with left-hander Hobbs Johnson (4-3, 3.05) set to start for Biloxi. Right-hander Jared Mortensen (4-3, 2.75) will star for Montgomery.