BILOXI – Yadiel Rivera played the hero Monday night for the Biloxi Shuckers, driving in the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory in 11 innings over the Mobile BayBears at MGM Park.
The Shuckers (72-52, 29-27) avenged an extra-inning loss to the BayBears (64-60, 30-25) on Sunday.
Nathan Orf led off the 11th with a single and Josh Fellhauer walked. After Nick Shaw struck out on a bunt attempt, Rivera ripped a line shot to left for the game-winner. Rivera played second base Monday night.
“It was fun to see,’’ Shuckers manager Carlos Subero said. “We had some opportunities but we didn’t do too well with runners in scoring position.
“Especially after Nick missed that bunt, he (Rivera) came up and picked us up. We wanted him to get a good pitch and drive him (Orf) in. He got it done.
“Our pitching has been outstanding."
The five-game homestand resumes with Mobile on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. The projected pitching matchup is Biloxi’s Adrian Houser (2-0, 2.86) vs. Mobile’s Johnny Shuttlesworth (0-0). The two teams also meet Wednesday and Thursday in MGM Park at 6:40 p.m.
Mobile struck first, pushing across a run in the top of the third. Socrates Brito hit a one-out single. Garrett Weber doubled to center, with the ball bouncing over the wall. Then Rudy Flores hit a towering shot to center where center fielder Brett Phillips made a Willie Mays-style play. He caught the fly ball with his back to the infield at the warning track in front of the 400 foot sign. However, Brito crossed the plate for the first run of the game.
The Shuckers answered in the fifth. Tyrone Taylor led off with a single. Adam Weisenburger was hit by a pitch. Jorge Lopez laid down a sacrifice bunt, then Brett Phillips smashed a RBI sacrifice fly to right to knot the game at 1.
Neither starter figured in the decision.
Lopez worked the first six innings and ended up with a no-decision. He gave up one run on seven hits, and struck out five. He gave way to Jacob Barnes.
John Omahen, likewise, worked the first six innings, giving up one run on two hits.
Jed Bradley (1-1), the fourth of four Shuckers pitchers, picked up the win. Jimmie Sherfy (1-6) was the losing pitcher.
Orf had three hits to pace the Shuckers, who slowed down Mobile’s drive to win the South Division in the second half of the season.