Biloxi Shuckers

Road woes continue as Shuckers drop 5-4 game in extra innings

Blake Allemand had two huge hits against the Mississippi Braves Saturday.
Blake Allemand had two huge hits against the Mississippi Braves Saturday.

The Biloxi Shuckers suffered another walk-off loss on Thursday night, falling 5-4 in 12 innings to the Mississippi Braves.

Tyler Neslony's single up the middle in the 12th brought Dylan Moore in from second, prompting a contested call at home plate that ended the game.

The loss marked the fifth walk-off loss for the Shuckers (11-16, 47-49) in their last six road games, and their third straight after the finale of their Jacksonville series last week and a 3-2 loss to the Braves (8-18, 42-54) on Wednesday. Thursday marked the league-leading 17th extra-inning game played by the Shuckers this season,. It was the fifth extra-inning game against the Braves.

Jon Perrin pitched the first four innings for the Shuckers, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five. The right-hander allowed a leadoff triple in the first that came around to give the Braves a 1-0 lead but stranded four runners over the course of his outing to limit the damage.

The Shuckers took advantage of two Mississippi miscues to take a 2-1 lead in the third. After Johnny Davis reached with a one-out single, he evaded capture on the bases when Braves starter Tyler Pike picked him off. Tyrone Taylor followed with a walk, and Blake Allemand drove both of them in with an RBI single. Taylor would not have scored under usual circumstances, but he scampered home when right fielder Keith Curcio's throw to home went wide.

After the Braves drew even in the bottom of the third, an RBI double from Angel Ortega and another hit from Davis gave the Shuckers a 4-2 lead. Jonathan Morales took Perrin deep in the next half inning for his first home run of the year to draw within one run.

Hiram Burgos pitched effectively in relief of Perrin, working three innings in his first Double-A appearance of the season. But a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh came around to score on a two-out single from Neslony to tie the game 4-4.

The Shuckers left the bases loaded in the eighth, but Nick Ramirez pitched three shutout innings to take the game to the 11th.

Jorge Lopez (L, 5-7) pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh but allowed a hit-by-pitch and two singles to start the 12th. Neslony's single scored Moore on a play that prompted anger from Shuckers catcher René Garcia and the Shuckers dugout.

Michael Mader (W, 5-4) earned the win with 2.0 shutout innings of relief.

The Shuckers try to exact some revenge in game three of their series as Corbin Burnes takes his 1.14 ERA to the mound against Wes Parsons. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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