The Biloxi Shuckers combined for the first no-hitter in franchise history and earned a doubleheader split in an eventful night at MGM Park, finishing off their homestand against the Tennessee Smokies with a thrilling 1-0 victory. After a tough loss in game one, Hiram Burgos, Forrest Snow, Nick Ramirez and Jorge Lopez pitched seven innings of no-hit ball in the nightcap to gain ground in the competitive Southern League South.
In game one, the Shuckers got a solid start from Jon Perrin but fell 4-1 after a late Tennessee rally. Perrin went 5.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits to lower his season earned run average to 3.18. The righty also collected an infield single in the third inning for his first professional hit.
The Shuckers scored their only run in the second on a tape-measure home run from Dustin DeMuth. The Biloxi first baseman's shot went over the right field video board and landed in the Beau Rivage parking garage for an estimated distance of over 450 feet. Unfortunately, the Shuckers left nine runners on base (including six in scoring position) and were unable to give Perrin a lead.
After Josh Uhen stranded a runner on base in the sixth, Matt Ramsey (L, 3-3) started the top of the seventh inning by allowing a home run to Ian Rice that gave the Smokies a 2-1 lead. Tennessee added two more runs off Ramsey to make a winner out of Zach Hedges (W, 8-9) and give James Norwood (S, 1) an opportunity to claim his first save.
The seventh inning also featured some extracurriculars, as Smokies pinch-hitter Ozzie Martinez was ejected after a strikeout. Two batters later, Ramsey hit Carlos Penalver and Martinez re-entered the field of play to confront the Shuckers righty. Benches cleared, and Smokies manager Mark Johnson was also ejected from the game.
The Shuckers came out strong in Game 2, getting a Troy Stokes Jr. home run off Daury Torrez (L, 5-3) in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Burgos worked perfect ball for the first two frames and then gave way to Snow (W, 5-2) for the third. The righty reliever allowed just a walk over his three-inning outing to put Biloxi on national no-hitter watch.
Ramirez allowed a one-out walk to Rice in the sixth but doubled him off with a Charcer Burks line out to first that ended the inning. Lopez (S, 5) got a strikeout and a groundout in the seventh and coaxed a fly ball to center fielder Johnny Davis off the bat of Yasiel Balaguert to end the game.
The no-hitter was the second in the Southern League this season after Pensacola's Tyler Mahle threw a nine-inning perfect game at Mobile on April 22.
After a travel day on Tuesday, the Shuckers begin a five-game road series in Jackson, Tennessee to take on the Generals. The series opener on Wednesday features a matchup between Biloxi's Corbin Burnes and Jackson's Joel Payamps starting at 6:05 pm. Live coverage begins at 5:45 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.