In their final two home games of the regular season, the Biloxi Shuckers were swept in a doubleheader by the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Wednesday night. Biloxi was held off the board for the first 16 innings of the twin bill, losing 1-0 in 11 innings in the first game and falling 4-1 in the nightcap.
With five games remaining in the regular season, the Shuckers trail the first-place Jumbo Shrimp by five games. They have the edge in the event of a virtual tie with both Jacksonville and second-place Mobile (three GB).
Game one was a pitcher's duel, as Jon Perrin took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but didn't have any run support. The Shuckers ultimately lost 1-0 when a bases-loaded wild pitch scored the games only run.
Perrin went 6.1 innings of two-hit ball, striking out six and allowing only one walk before Kyle Barrett singled to lead off the seventh. Jacksonville starter James Needy was almost as good, scattering four hits over 6.0 shutout innings while stranding six men on base.
Matt Ramsey left the bases loaded in the seventh and Nick Ramirez allowed one hit over 3.0 shutout innings, but the Shuckers were unable to get the winning run across. Quintin Torres-Costa (3-2) walked two batters in the 11th and let in a wild pitch with two outs, and Daniel Schlereth (1-1) retired the Shuckers in order in the bottom half of the inning to give the Jumbo Shrimp the win.
The Shuckers struggled to score again in game two, managing just four hits against Joe Gunkel (6-9) in a 4-1 loss. In his second Double-A start, Cody Ponce (1-1) allowed four runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings. The righty struck out three and walked two while allowing five hits.
In the second inning, the Shuckers committed a pair of errors to give the Jumbo Shrimp a 1-0 lead. A Taylor Ard leadoff double came around to score in the fifth, and Josh Uhen let in two of Ponce's inherited runners in the sixth on a Rodrigo Vigil two-out single.
Gunkel followed in Needy's footsteps, pitching the first 6.1 innings of the nightcap to earn his sixth win. Dustin DeMuth finally got the Shuckers on the board with an opposite field solo home run in the seventh, but Andy Beltre got the final two outs to lock down the doubleheader sweep and series win.
The Shuckers finish their home schedule an even 35-35. They will start the 2018 season just one win shy of 100 regular season victories at MGM Park.
The Shuckers wrap up their regular season with a five-game series in Mobile against the second-place BayBears. The series starts Thursday as Aaron Wilkerson faces off against Alex Klonowski.