The Biloxi Shuckers fought back from an early deficit on Tuesday night, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Mobile BayBears 6-4. Blake Allemand 's game-tying home run and Angel Ortega 's go-ahead double capped the late comeback as the Shuckers evened up their series against their closest geographic rival.
With 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Shuckers are 2.0 games behind the first-place Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the South Division. Jacksonville swept a doubleheader against Birmingham on Tuesday, so they gain separation from Mobile and Biloxi despite the Shuckers win.
Shuckers starter Aaron Wilkerson allowed the first two runs of the game on sacrifice flies and gave up a two-run home run to Zach Houchins in the third to put his team behind 4-0.
Biloxi answered back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI triple from Dustin DeMuth and a two-out RBI single from Allemand to cut the deficit to 4-2. Mobile starter Tyler Carpenter left with one out in the third inning after an apparent injury and was relieved by Jhondaniel Medina.
Wilkerson bounced back from the rocky start to complete 6.0 innings without allowing another run and got some help from his defense along the way. Mobile made seven outs on the base paths, including two thwarted steal attempts and a pickoff from catcher Jacob Nottingham .
Quintin Torres-Costa (W, 3-1) trapped a potential insurance run off third base to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, and Biloxi's bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning off Kevin Grendell (L, 0-1).
The first two outs of the inning came easily, but Jake Gatewood blasted a double to right-center to start a rally. Allemand then deposited a 2-0 fastball over the left field wall for a two-run home run that tied the game 4-4. After Clint Coulter walked, Ortega hit his second double of the game off the wall in right field to score the go-ahead run.
Torres-Costa and Josh Uhen tag-teamed a perfect top of the eighth inning, and after Biloxi added an insurance run on a wild pitch Matt Ramsey (S, 25) worked the ninth for his league-leading 25th save of the season.
Allemand, Gatewood, and Ortega collected three hits apiece in the 11-hit attack, giving the Shuckers 23 hits over the first two games in the series.
The Shuckers continue their homestand on Wednesday night as Freddy Peralta faces off against Mobile's Grayson Long for a 6:35 pm start. Live coverage begins 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.