PEARL-- The Biloxi Shuckers were two outs away from being shutout for a second-consecutive night, but a run-scoring triple by Javier Betancourt tied the game, and an errant throw brought in the go-ahead run, giving the Shuckers a wild, 2-1, come-from-behind victory over the Mississippi Braves on Saturday night at Trustmark Park.
Despite going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, Biloxi won just its second game in franchise history when trailing after eight innings, bumping the record to 2-46.
Jacob Nottingham flied out to center to start the fateful frame, but a one-out free pass to Victor Roache put the tying run on base. With Kyle Wren taking over on the base paths, Betancourt shot a ball into the right-centerfield gap that was misplayed by Dian Toscano. An errant relay throw by Ozzie Albies sailed out of play, allowing Betancourt to score the game-winning run.
Betancourt's performance extended his on-base streak to a Shuckers season-high 11 games.
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Jaye Chapman worked a clean bottom half, picking up two strikeouts along the way, to secure his seventh save of the season. The closer has converted all of his save chances to start the season, and has set down all 22 batters he's faced.
Mississippi (6-11) pieced together three-consecutive hits with one out in the sixth to open up the scoring. Johan Cargo started the rally with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on a broken-bat single to center from Dustin Peterson. Carlos Franco drove in the runner from third with a single up the middle.
Biloxi (12-4) starter Jorge Ortega pitched well in the no decision, allowing just the one run on seven hits and two strikeouts. Stephen Kohlscheen allowed one hit and walked a batter in two innings of relief. Jed Bradley (2-0) allowed a hit in the eighth, but punched out two.
Biloxi will look to take the series lead at 1 p.m. Sunday at Trustmark park. LHP Josh Hader (0-0, 0.69) seeks his first win of the season in his fourth start of the year for the Shuckers. Braves' right-hander Sean Newcomb (1-0, 2.40) looks for his second victory of 2016.