The Biloxi Shuckers’ bats were silenced by Luiz Gohara in an 8-0 loss to the Mississippi Braves on Saturday night. The Shuckers fell to 4.0 games out of first with their fourth straight loss, and sixth consecutive defeat away from MGM Park.
Gohara ( 2-1) twirled a gem for the Braves, striking out a career-high 11 Shuckers over 6.0 shutout innings. Biloxi loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but Gohara worked out of the jam to end the only Shuckers threat of the night.
The Shuckers sent Freddy Peralta (1-2) to the mound, and the righty completed 5.0 innings while striking out six batters. The Braves put their first two batters of the game on base in the first, and drove them in to take an early 2-0 lead. Peralta allowed only one more hit after a second-inning rain delay, but the damage was already done.
Mississippi broke the game open in the sixth, when Travis Hissong and Quintin Torres-Costa allowed four runs to the Braves. Three of the runs came with two outs, as Jared James and Austin Riley each had run-scoring hits to extend the rally.
Torres-Costa pitched a clean seventh inning for the Shuckers, but allowed a two-run home run to Travis Demeritte in the eighth to give the Braves an 8-0 lead. Corbin Clouse and Jacob Webb shut down the Shuckers with three combined innings of relief to seal the Mississippi win.
René Garcia had two hits in the loss, and Johnny Davis extended his on-base streak to 11 games with a 1-for-4 night.
The Shuckers look to avoid their first sweep of the season in their series finale at 5 p.m. Sunday as Aaron Wilkerson and Kolby Allard face off.