BILOXI – The long ball has been lacking for much of the Biloxi Shuckers' first series at MGM Park.
In the fourth inning Tuesday, the Shuckers turned the Southern League's newest, and probably its smallest, stadium into a launching pad.
Back-to-back homers for the Shuckers sparked a 7-5 victory over the Mobile BayBears Tuesday before a crowd of 2,470.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Shuckers third baseman Taylor Green lifted a two-run home run through a steady breeze in right field to tie the game at 2-2.
The next man up, Tyrone Taylor, ripped a line drive just over the 350 mark in the left field power alley to give the Shuckers a 3-2 advantage and the lead for good.
After losing their first two series against Mobile this season, the Shuckers claimed their first series against their closest rival by taking three of the first four contests in a five-game home stand.
In their first series in Biloxi, the Shuckers are taking advantage of the home field.
“We're playing good baseball right now,” Biloxi manager Carlos Subero said. “Things are definitely clicking. We've got fan the support. It's an electric crowd. They make some noise. It's a good vibe and that's something you like to have. In the ninth inning, they stand up. It's not just a traditional crowd that's going to applaud. They get into the game and we can feel it so it definitely plays a good role.”
The Shuckers (36-22) now have a four-game lead on Mississippi (31-25), which had its game rained out Tuesday, in the Southern League South standings.
Green's homer was his fourth of the season and his first hit at MGM Park after entering the game on an 0-for-7 run in the series.
“I've been trying to search and figure something out to where I can start driving the ball,” Green said. “I was lucky I got a good pitch to hit and I put a good swing on it.
“The wind was coming in from right. That's definitely the hardest hit 350-foot homer I've ever had.”
It was the first home run of the season for Taylor, the man ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers' minor league system.
“That was the first one of the year so it caught me by shock,” Taylor said. “It felt good off the bat.”
A sacrifice fly RBI from Mobile's Gerson Montilla tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth before the Shuckers responded with a decisive four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth.
Taylor doubled to knock in Nick Ramirez, who had his own double to start the inning, to begin the scoring with one out in the sixth.
Catcher Adam Weisenburger followed with a two-run single. Two batters later, Kyle Wren's bunt allowed Weisenburger to score from third and Wren reached on a throwing error by Mobile relief pitcher Dominic Leone.
After six innings, Biloxi led 7-3.
Wren and Michael Reed both went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Shuckers' 14-hit effort.
Hiram Burgos (3-0) picked up the win with two earned runs allowed on on three hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
“It was slow in the beginning and he didn't have much of a groove early on,” Subero said of Burgos's outing. “That tells you what experience can do. His best inning was when we scored. That tells you about guys with experience. They can smell it and push the accelerator.”
Left-hander Trevor Seidenberger threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the hold and Mike Strong picked up his second save of the season with a perfect ninth.
Brandon Sinnery (4-5) took the loss for Mobile (29-29), allowing five earned runs on nine hits in five innings.
Game five is set for 7:10 p.m. Wednesday with Shuckers left-hander Brent Suter (3-1, 2.29) set to face right-hander A.J. Schugel (2-1, 2.96).