After three straight days of rainouts, the Biloxi Shuckers and Mobile BayBears finally got on the field at Hank Aaron Stadium to play a doubleheader on Saturday. Despite another stellar performance from All-Star righty Aaron Wilkerson, the Shuckers dropped game one by a score of 2-1.
The Shuckers struck first against Jake Jewell (4-4), getting an RBI single from Michael Choice in the first to score Mauricio Dubon and take a 1-0 lead.
Wilkerson (5-3) pitched 5.1 innings and struck out four, but allowed single runs in the third and fourth innings to take the loss. In the third, a leadoff single from Tim Arakawa came home on a David Fletcher sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Zach Houchins drove in Zach Gibbons with an RBI double.
Josh Uhen pitched the final 0.2 innings of the sixth inning to keep the deficit at 2-1, but Adam Hofacket pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his fourth save to end the game.
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BayBears 6, Shuckers 3: Jorge Lopez (3-6) started for the Shuckers, and ran into trouble early when three walks turned into two first-inning runs. The righty struck out five, but received his fourth straight losing decision.
Wendell Rijo doubled off starter Alex Klonowski (4-2) in the third and came around to score on an RBI single from Mauricio Dubon to cut the deficit to 2-1. But the BayBears answered back with two runs of their own in the fourth, getting a solo home run from Jose Briceno and an RBI triple from Bo Way to extend Mobile's lead to 4-1.
In the sixth, Jacob Nottingham hit an RBI double and came home to score on a groundout to once again bring the Shuckers within a run. The two-bagger was Nottingham’s team-leading 16th on the year. Greg Mahle relieved Klonowski and left the tying run at second to end the rally. It was his second save.
Lopez left with two outs in the sixth inning and two runners on base. Tayler Scott allowed both to score on a pair of wild pitches and a missed catch error. Armed with a 6-3 lead, Mahle pitched around a leadoff walk to pitch a scoreless seventh and save the game.