Biloxi Shuckers

Shuckers, Barons split doubleheader

Shuckers shortstop Angel Ortega helped the team beat Jacksonville Sunday.
Shuckers shortstop Angel Ortega helped the team beat Jacksonville Sunday. ttisbell@sunherald.com

The Biloxi Shuckers beat the Birmingham Barons 3-1 in game one of their doubleheader to win their third straight game. The Barons, though, took the second game 10-4.

Twenty-one year old Freddy Peralta (1-0) was terrific in his second Double-A start, backing up his nine-strikeout debut against Mississippi last week with a career-high 10 strikeouts in five innings against the Barons (3-6). The righty allowed just one run in the first before settling in for his first Double-A victory.

The Shuckers (5-4) jumped in the lead with two unearned runs in the third against Tanner Banks (0-1), who was making his Barons debut. After Banks allowed Wendell Rijo to reach base on a throwing error, a two-out double from Angel Ortega and subsequent single from Jacob Nottingham put the Shuckers up 2-1.

Biloxi added an insurance run in the sixth with a two-out RBI double from Clint Coulter, and Nick Ramirez pitched two perfect innings for his second save of the season.

Barons center fielder Jeff Gelalich and hitting coach Cole Armstrong were ejected in the fifth inning after arguing balls and strikes.

Barons 10, Shuckers 4: Luis Ortiz (3-4) suffered the loss, tossing two innings before departing. After a smooth first inning, the Barons (4-6) put up five runs on six hits in the second to jump out to an early lead.

Nottingham got the Shuckers (5-5) back within striking distance with a two-out, three-run double off starter Scott Snodgress in the third. The Barons, however, answered with three runs of their own off Javi Salas in the bottom half of the inning to take their lead back to 8-3.

Connor Walsh (2-2) worked 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Snodgress to earn the win for the Barons. After Salas allowed two unearned runs in the fifth, Travis Hissong pitched the final 1.1 innings to finish out the game for the Shuckers.

Dustin DeMuth brought home a run in the seventh with an RBI groundout to bring the deficit to 10-4, but Aaron Bummer retired the final three batters he faced to seal the Barons victory.

The split of the doubleheader is the first of the season for the Shuckers after having swept four and lost one entering Sunday. The Shuckers are now 9-3 in doubleheader games this season.

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