BILOXI – For the second straight night, Biloxi Shuckers shortstop Orlando Arcia came through in a big way.
On Sunday night, he produced the game-winner in the 10th in a 7-6 victory over the Mississippi Braves.
On Monday, his RBI single to left tied the game in the seventh and the ensuing throwing error following his hit led the Shuckers to a 5-4 victory at MGM Park.
The Shuckers close out their series with the M-Braves at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday going for the series win. Biloxi’s Hobbs Johnson (7-5, 3.31) opposes Mississippi’s Lucas Sims (0-2, 7.41) in the pitching matchup.
Then the Shuckers host Pensacola on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. to continue the 10-game homestand.
“(Tyler) Wagner dropped down a safety squeeze and we get two runs out of that,’’ Biloxi manager Carlos Subero said. “There’s the basehit by Arcia and we get two runs out of that. Victor Roache tied the game with a single to right. It was a good ballgame.
“The bullpen was able to hold up after Wagner came out. It was a great job by the bullpen and it put us in a position to win the series tomorrow.’’
Tyrone Taylor led off the decisive seventh with a single. After Nick Ramirez walked, Arcia delivered with a two-out single. The left fielder gathered the ball and his throw missed the target badly, landing in the Braves dugout to allow Ramirez to score the winning run.
Arcia went 2-for-4 and raised his batting average to .302.
Damien Magnifico (4-1) was the winning pitcher in relief and Yhonathan Barrios recorded his third save.
Wagner’s bunt off John Gant resulted in two runs in the third. Taylor led off the third with a single and stole second. Adam Weisenburger reached on an infield single. Wagner laid a bunt down the third base line. He was thrown out but Taylor scampered home on the throw. Then Weisenburger scored as second baseman Levi Hyams, who caught the ball at first on the bunt, threw the ball into the dugout in an attempt to get Taylor at the plate.
The Braves took their first lead of the night when Sean Godfrey smashed a three-run homer over the screen in left for a 3-2 advantage in the fifth.
Victor Roache tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth, driving in Brett Phillips with a RBI single to right. Phillips doubled to right to open the inning.
Levi Hyams' solo homer in the seventh gave the M-Braves their final lead at 4-3.