Biloxi Shuckers

Biloxi Shuckers cruise in series finale against Birmingham Barons

The Biloxi Shuckers have had a somewhat inconsistent start to the second half of the season but they ended their five-game series with the visiting Birmingham Barons on a high note Monday.

The Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate scalded 13 hits, including two homers, en route to a convincing 8-2 victory at MGM Park on Military Monday.

The win helped the Shuckers (11-14 second half) salvage a 2-3 record against the visiting Barons heading into Tuesday’s rare off day. Biloxi now travels to Jackson for a five-game set at the Mississippi Braves.

“We’re starting to swing the bat a lot better. We got in a funk for a little while but the last couple of games we have done a good job,” Biloxi manager Mike Guerrero said. “We have a couple guys who can really swing the bat and hitting is contagious.”

Biloxi opened the scoring with three runs in the first on a Blake Allemand RBI-single and a two-run homer by Michael Choice.

Tyrone Taylor singled in another run in the second. Following an RBI-triple from Javier Betancourt in the fourth, Taylor added to the team’s lead with another RBI-single.

Allemand capped Biloxi’s scoring in the sixth with a two-run homer.

Taylor led all Shuckers with a 4-for-5 performance. Allemand, Choice and Betancourt also finished with two hits. Allemand’s three RBIs led the team.

Birmingham (10-15) plated a run in the second on a Keon Barnum single and doubled its total in the fourth courtesy of a solo homer from Courtney Hawkins.

Strong pitching

Biloxi’s pitching also deserves plenty of credit for Monday’s win.

Starter Aaron Wilkerson (8-4) struck out five while allowing two runs on five hits and one walk in five innings to earn the win. Freddy Peralta was effective in relief, allowing one hit and two walks in four scoreless frames, striking out six.

Guerrero said the plan all along was to piggyback Peralta with Wilkerson’s start on Monday.

“We wanted to do that at least one time around to give them breathers with their pitches,” he said. “It worked out great. Everything they did is how we gameplanned.”

Birmingham starter Tanner Banks fell to 0-4, allowing four runs on six hits in two innings.

Former George County and Southern Miss star Mason Robbins saw his 11-game hitting streak snapped Monday.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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