BILOXI – The Shuckers' run of eight consecutive extra-inning victories came to a close Wednesday night thanks to a handful of mistakes on defense.
The Chattanooga Lookouts beat Biloxi, 6-5, in 11 innings with the difference proving to be a flawless effort in the field for the road team. The Shuckers committed two errors and the Lookouts had none.
The Shuckers lost despite out-hitting the Lookouts, 15-8. Biloxi stranded 17 runners compared to 10 by Chattanooga.
“We weren't able to finish off the pitcher (Alex Wimmers),” Biloxi manager Carlos Subero said. “I thought we could have done a better job. We had 15 hits for five runs and they eight hits for six runs. I thought we were non-productive tonight.”
The last time the Shuckers lost an extra-inning game came on May 9 to the Mississippi Braves in Pearl.
Every Shucker batter had a hit Tuesday except for catcher Adam Weisenburger, who had his five-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-5 night.
The two teams traded runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the contest at 5-5 headed to the ninth before a crowd of 3,299.
Orlando Arcia hit his fifth homer of the season for the Shuckers in the seventh on a laser over the left field wall and Biloxi's Tyrone Taylor again tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth on an RBI single.
The Lookouts scored the winning run in the top of the 11th when Heiker Meneses took home when Biloxi reliever Damien Magnifico's pitch got away from Weisenburger for a passed ball.
Both of Biloxi's errors came in the third inning, leading to the three unearned runs to tie the game at 3-3 with Shuckers starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson on the mound.
A one-out RBI double by Steve Wickens cut the Shuckers' lead to 3-1. The man who scored, Levi Michael, reached with one out on a throwing error to first by Weisenburger.
Chattanooga scored again when Biloxi third baseman Taylor Green took Kennys Vargas's grounder and threw home to get the runner, but the toss missed its target and Shannon Wilkerson scored to make it 3-2.
A two-out single to left by Marcus Knecht scored one more run. It would have been two runs if not for an accurate throw by Josh Fellhauer from left field to gun down Travis Harrison at home.
Fellhauer and Nick Ramirez both hit first-inning home runs to give the Shuckers a 3-0 lead. Both of the left-handed hitters went opposite field with their homers, starting with Fellhauer's two-run blast.
The three homers by the Shuckers Wednesday night was a season high. Fellhauer has two homers this season and Ramirez has 13. Arcia has hit five.
The lone homer for the Lookouts came off the bat of Michael, who gave the Lookouts a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh by clearing the left field scoreboard for a solo homer, his fourth of the season.
Shuckers starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson lasted five innings, giving up three runs – none earned – on four hits. He struck out two and walked four.
Johnson continues to have issues with his control, walking 23 batters in the last 24 innings.
“Hopefully he'll get a long rest here,” Subero said. “When he comes back, hopefully he gets out of it and starts pitching like he can.”
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta will be the starting pitcher for the Shuckers at 7:10 p.m. Thursday in game two of the series with the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Peralta is trying to make his way back to the majors after a strained oblique put him on the Brewers' disabled list in May. He was 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA with Milwaukee at the time of his injury.
Left-hander Brett Lee (0-3, 4.67) will be the starting pitcher for Chattanooga Thursday.