The Biloxi Shuckers host the Montgomery Biscuits in a five-game series to begin the second half of the season at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday at MGM Park.
It will mark the second series of the season featuring the two teams after the Shuckers (39-30) took three-of-five at Montgomery on June 5-9 at Riverwalk Stadium in downtown Montgomery, Ala.
With the two teams coming out of the all-star break, pitching match-ups had yet to be announced as of Tuesday.
The Biscuits are led by a pair of Southern League All-Stars who play the corner positions on the infield. First baseman Casey Gillaspie is batting .285 with nine homers and 28 RBIs. Shortstop Willy Adames is batting .279 with eight homers and 30 RBIs.
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Adames is rated as the third-best prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization by MLB.com and Gillaspie comes in at No. 8.
Outfielder Jake Bauers, who is batting .278 with six homers and 36 RBIs, is ranked as the Rays’ fifth-best prospect and right-handed starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri ranks as the sixth-best prospect. Guerrieri is 6-4 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 starts with 47 strikeouts and 28 walks.
Montgomery finished in third place in the Southern League North in the first half with a record of 34-36.
Parrot Head Night
Thursday night’s game will be Parrot Head Night at MGM Park, featuring a pre-game concert by Matt Hoggat from 6-6:45 p.m. There will be a lei giveaway to the first 600 fans, a best-dressed Parrot head Contest and $2 off margaritas at the Sand Bar.
Shuckers center fielder Brett Phillips has nine home runs at the all-star break, putting him in position to set a new career mark. His previous high is 17 in 2014.
End of a career
Nick Shaw decided to retire last week in the middle of his seventh season in the minor leagues. The utility infielder was batting .250 at the time of his decision.
On the rise
It was a rough first half for Biloxi outfielder Tyrone Taylor, but he showed improvement over the last 10 games of the first half. He batted .286 with five RBIs.