Biloxi Shuckers

Betancourt, Burgos batter Shrimp for fourth straight win

Biloxi's Javier Betancourt had a second-inning homer that proved to be the catalyst for the Shuckers’ win.
Biloxi's Javier Betancourt had a second-inning homer that proved to be the catalyst for the Shuckers’ win. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com File

The Biloxi Shuckers won their fourth straight game on Tuesday night, clinching a series victory with a 3-1 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at MGM Park. Javier Betancourt 's second-inning home run held up the remainder of the game as the Shuckers started their pivotal month of August with a win.

If the season ended today, the Shuckers would find themselves in playoff position as the second-best team in the South Division. They are 2.0 games out of first place in the second half standings with a Pensacola loss tonight to Birmingham.

Luis Ortiz was scratched from a start due to sickness for the second time in three days, so Hiram Burgos (W, 1-0) filled in with a solid outing. The 29-year-old righty struck out seven batters over 5.0 innings, overcoming a first-inning run to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way.

Jacksonville lefty Dillon Peters (L, 2-2) had a quality start and allowed just three hits, but one was a two-run home run from Betancourt in the second that gave the Shuckers a lead they would not give up.

In the middle of the fifth, a power surge in downtown Biloxi caused a 24-minute light delay as the field was slowly re-illuminated. Burgos departed prematurely after the wait, but Josh Uhen faced the minimum over 2.0 innings to pick up the slack.

It appeared the Shuckers were headed for their fourth straight one-run victory, but Troy Stokes Jr. added a big insurance run with an eighth-inning double to extend the lead to 3-1. Jorge Lopez (S, 3) pitched the final two frames to pick up his third save in four games.

Stokes extended his hitting streak to four games on Tuesday while Angel Ortega stretched his to seven games with a 1-for-4 night at the plate.

The Shuckers can win their fifth straight game Wednesday night as Freddy Peralta faces off against Jacksonville righty Joe Gunkel. First pitch from MGM Park is at 6:35 pm CT with live coverage beginning at 6:15 pm on Cruisin' WGCM AM-1240/FM-100.9 and the Shuckers Radio Network. The game will also be available at biloxishuckers.com, MiLB.TV and TuneIn Radio.

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