CHATTANOOGA, TN – Orlando Arcia doubled twice, including an RBI two-bagger in the eighth, but the Shuckers fell short, 3-2 at the hands of the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field on Thursday night. The Shuckers dropped to 9-4 in one-run games saw their division lead dip to 2.5 games over the Mississippi Braves. Arcia has 15 doubles on the season and is now tied for the league lead.
Facing Minnesota Twins top pitching prospect Jose Berrios (W, 6-2), the Shuckers were shutout on six hits over the first seven innings, but did end his night abruptly in the eighth. Kyle Wren and Tyrone Taylor provided back-to-back one out singles and Arcia launched a double down the left field line scoring Wren to cut a 3-0 lead to 3-1. Berrios turned the game over to reliever Zach Jones who walked Nick Ramirez and surrendered a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Michael Reed that trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
Berrios became the Southern League’s first six-game winner and allowed two runs on nine hits over 7.1 innings while walking none and striking out seven Shuckers. Brooks Hall (L, 4-3) making his first start since May 17th suffered the loss giving up three runs, two earned on five hits, walking none and striking out five.
The Lookouts struck first in the bottom of the third inning on a RBI single by Jorge Polanco that brought in Heiker Menesses from second base.
The Lookouts extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning via the long ball. Adam Brett Walker blasted his league-leading 12th home run with a man on to extend the lead. Walker leads the league with now 39 RBI’s.
The Shuckers held baseball’s top prospect Byron Buxton hitless on Thursday night going 0-for-3 with a walk. Michael Reed extended his hitting streak to six games on Thursday. Relievers Martin Viramontes and Jaye Chapman. Biloxi relievers have tossed 9.0 shutout innings over the first two games in the series.
LHP Brent Suter (3-1, 2.20) makes the start for Biloxi on Friday night opposite Chattanooga LHP David Hurlbut (0-1, 21.00) in the middle game of the set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., with coverage beginning at 6:00 p.m. on 1240-AM WGCM , WPMO-AM 1580 and the Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network. Fans can also listen to the game using the TuneIn Radio app or by going to www.biloxishuckers.com.