Biloxi Shuckers

M-Braves hold off Shuckers

Biloxi Shuckers outfielder Clint Coulter and the team were shutout by the Mississippi Braves Saturday.
Biloxi Shuckers outfielder Clint Coulter and the team were shutout by the Mississippi Braves Saturday. file

The Biloxi Shuckers lost their third straight game to the Mississippi Braves on Friday night, falling 6-4.

The Shuckers trimmed an early deficit, but were unable to snap their losing skid. The Shuckers are now 5-12 against their intrastate rivals this season and have dropped six of their last seven road games.

The Shuckers out-hit the M-Braves on Friday night, 13-9, led by Johnny Davis’ 3-for-5 performance and two RBI at the top of the order.

Shuckers starter Corbin Burnes (3-2) allowed a career-high four runs in 5.0 innings of work. All the damage against the righty came in the third inning, when a missed opportunity on a fielder's choice led to the first run and a three-run homer off the bat of Austin Riley made the score 4-0.

Despite an off night for Burnes, his ERA remains at a still-stellar 1.72 at the Double-A level. His overall ERA drops from first to second in all of Minor League Baseball, going from 1.09 to 1.36.

The Shuckers (11-17, 47-50) couldn't solve Braves starter Max Fried, who allowed four hits but no runs in 3.0 innings of work. Wes Parsons (2-2), who was originally scheduled to start the game for the Braves, worked in long relief and picked up the win for 4.2 steady innings.

In the fifth, the Shuckers got two runs back on an RBI single from Blake Allemand and RBI double from Clint Coulter. They added another in the sixth with a Davis two-out single to draw within a run.

Taylor Williams pitched in relief of Burnes, and ran into trouble in the sixth as the Braves (9-18, 43-54) extended their lead to 6-3 with a pair of run-scoring hits. The righty would recover for a scoreless seventh in his second relief appearance of the season.

Davis drove in another run for the Shuckers in the eighth with his third single of the night, but was thrown out trying to steal second to end Biloxi's threat.

Josh Uhen struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the eighth, but Danny Reynolds (S, 2) returned the favor with three strikeouts in the ninth to seal the Mississippi victory with a four-out save.

The Shuckers look to reverse their fortunes at 6 p.m. Saturday night as Freddy Peralta takes the mound against Braves starter Luiz Gohara.