Biloxi Shuckers

Wilkerson, Shuckers slip past M-Braves

Biloxi starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson struck out nine agains Tennessee.
Biloxi starting pitcher Aaron Wilkerson struck out nine agains Tennessee. File

For the second straight night, the Biloxi Shuckers flirted with a no-hitter with a 4-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.

Aaron Wilkerson (3-2) struck out nine over seven innings and took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings before allowing a solo home run.

The dominant performance marked the deepest a pitcher has gone into a hitless outing in Shuckers history, surpassing the 6.1 no-hit innings delivered by Jorge Lopez in August of 2015, at Jackson. The Shuckers are now in a tie with the Braves and a game back in second place in the Southern League South Division standings.

Braves pitcher Max Fried (2-5) was nearly as good, but the Shuckers were able to bunch together hits against the lefty to give Wilkerson breathing room. A three-run third was highlighted by an RBI single from Johnny Davis and a double from Mauricio Dubon off the top of the right field wall that turned into a little-league home run when a throw from Keith Curcio flew into the stands. Jacob Nottingham added a run in the sixth with an RBI single.

Staked to a comfortable lead, Wilkerson entered cruise control. He struck out eight and walked just one before Carlos Franco hit his league-leading 10th home run with two outs in the sixth. Wilkerson finished off his night with a strikeout of Curcio before ceding the game to Tayler Scott.

Scott pitched a hitless eighth to earn a hold, and Matt Ramsey pitched around a single to seal his league-leading 11th save of the season.

With his double and another single, Dubon's 2-for-2 night gave him a .314 batting average at night's end and a league-leading 49 hits. The 22-year-old from Honduras also has a team-best 11-game hitting streak and 19 multi-hit games.

The Shuckers host the Chattanooga Lookouts in their series opener at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.