After a promising end to their homestand on Monday, the Biloxi Shuckers saw their road woes continue in a walk-off loss to the Mississippi Braves on Wednesday night.
Kade Scivicque's double in the ninth inning handed the Shuckers a 3-2 loss in the first game of their 10-game road trip.
The Shuckers have now been walked off in four of their last five road games dating back to their series at Jacksonville last week. They find themselves 2.5 games out of pole position in the Southern League South, pending the results of first-place Pensacola's game this evening.
Luis Ortiz had his most impressive outing of the season for the Shuckers, tossing 6.0 one-hit innings while striking out six. 54 of his 74 pitches were strikes, and he rebounded from a five-walk start his last time out by not allowing any against the Braves.
Braves starter Mike Soroka was a step ahead of Ortiz for the first part of the night, working four perfect frames before the Shuckers broke through in the fifth. Dustin DeMuth led off with a single, and Jacob Nottingham followed with an RBI triple to score the game's first run. Clint Coulter brought in Nottingham with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-0.
Soroka would not allow any more hits through seven innings while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Ortiz left after six in line for the win, but the Braves started the seventh with four straight hits off Josh Uhen to tie the game 2-2. Tayler Scott came on and escaped a bases-loaded jam to keep the Braves from taking the lead.
Scott threw a shutout eighth inning, but Corbin Clouse (1-0) countered to strand Johnny Davis at third after a walk in the ninth. Quintin Torres-Costa (0-1) got two easy outs to start the bottom of the ninth, but Travis Demeritte hit a slow roller through the infield to keep the inning alive and Scivicque followed with a blast off the base of the left field wall to end the game.
Davis and Tyrone Taylor both saw their seven-game hitting streaks come to an end, as DeMuth and Nottingham's hits in the fifth marked the only offensive production of the night for Biloxi. Davis did, however, steal his 27th base in the ninth inning with a swipe of second.
The Shuckers will look to even up their series at Thursday as Jon Perrin faces off against Tyler Pike.