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Nick Shaw's walkoff single lifts Shuckers over BayBears

Nick Shaw
Nick Shaw

BILOXI- Nick Shaw sent a raucous crowd of 4,002 at MGM Park home happy on Saturday night as he provided the Biloxi Shuckers with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Mobile BayBears in 10 innings on Saturday night.

 The win gives Biloxi a chance to split the six-game series with Mobile going into the finale on Sunday before a league-wide off day on Monday. The walk-off was the fourth this season at MGM Park and second against the BayBears. Shaw provided the walk-off single over the BayBears in 14 innings in the first ever game played at MGM Park on June 6, 2015.

Tyrone Taylor (0x2, R, BB) and Victor Roache (2x4, R, 2B, BB) started the 10th with back-to-back walks against Daniel Gibson (3-1), before Javier Betancourt (1x4, RBI, BB) reached on a fielder's choice to erase Roache from the bases. Shaw (1x3, RBI) stepped into the left-handed batter's box and laced the game-winning single to right to score Taylor from third for the Shuckers' fourth walk-off victory of 2016.

Biloxi (28-21) snapped an 11.1 scoreless-inning streak with Betancourt's run-scoring single in the fourth to grab a 1-0 lead. The rally started with Roache smashing a double off the glove of Gabriel Noriega at third with two outs in front of Betancourt's single.

Mobile's (22-27) Mitch Haniger lifted the first pitch of the sixth inning over the wall in left to tie the game at one, and snapped Josh Hader's consecutive scoreless-inning streak at 19.1. The homer was also the first surrendered by Hader this season.

The Shuckers' starting pitcher allowed one run on four hits in 5.1 innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. The southpaw's 65 punchouts on the year put him back in first place in the Southern League, jumping over Montgomery Biscuits' starter Jacob Faria. That Maryland native entered the contest with a league-best 0.79 ERA and left with the lead intact, despite having the number go up to 0.88.

Tyler Spurlin relieved Hader and retired all five batters faced with three strikeouts and two groundouts. Tristan Archer gave up a single and free pass in two innings of work, but did not allow a run to cross the plate.

Daniel Tillman (3-0) worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the 10th, but struck out Haniger and Ronnie Freeman to escape, setting up Shaw's heroics in the home half of the frame.

With the win, the Shuckers remain one game back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the South Division Standings. The Shuckers went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 on base.

Brewers reassign pitcher to Shuckers: The Brewers sent pitcher Will Smith to the Shuckers from Brevard County. Smith, 26, is recovering from a right LCL sprain and scheduled to pitch one inning for the Shuckers on Sunday against Mobile.

In two outings with Brevard County, Smith tossed a combined 3.0 scoreless innings on Tuesday and Thursday for the Manatees, vs. the Clearwater Threshers, striking out four and walking none, limiting the opposition to just one hit.

One of the most reliable left-handed relievers in Major League Baseball the previous two seasons, Smith made 154 appearances over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Sharpsburg, GA native went 7-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 76 relief appearances last season leading the Brewers in appearances (76) for the second straight year.

He was tied for fifth in the NL and held opponents to a .220 batting average with 91 strikeouts in just 63.1 innings. Only the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman (116) had more strikeouts than Smith among NL relievers as Smith.