The Biloxi Shuckers came up just short Tuesday, falling to former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand Brooks Hall and the Jackson Generals 1-0 at MGM Park.
The loss was magnified in the sixth inning when Luis Ortiz left the game due to an injury. Ortiz is considered one of the Brewers top prospects and left after surrendering just one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out four.
Through a team spokesman, Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan said Ortiz is “day-to-day with hamstring tightness.”
Ortiz was a key piece in the Brewers’ trade that sent Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Texas Rangers.
Ortiz was 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings in Biloxi last season. Although he was 0-3 to open 2017, Ortiz has struck out 16 against four walks in 19 1/3 innings. He is also limiting hitters to a .186 batting average and boasts a 0.93 WHIP.
The Generals took a decisive 1-0 lead in the fifth inning Tuesday on a Rudy Flores homer to right-center.
Hall was dominant for the Generals, striking out seven against four hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 5.06.
Clint Coulter led Biloxi (7-12) with two hits, including a double. Johnny Davis also hit a triple for Biloxi.
Converted reliever Nick Ramirez continued to pitch well Tuesday. The former first baseman allowed two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He also recorded a strikeout.