PEARL - The Shuckers had their three-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday morning, falling 9-3 to the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in the road trip finale.
The Shuckers head back to Biloxi after taking three of five from the Braves and holding the league's top record at 14-5. Wednesday is a league-wide off day and play resumes on Thursday at MGM Park as the Tennessee Smokies take on Biloxi at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday.
Mississippi (7-13) got to Biloxi starter Wei-Chung Wang, with Ozzie Albies sending the southpaw's first pitch of the game over the wall in left to put Biloxi in a 1-0 hole. A free pass to Emerson Landoni and a double to left by Dustin Peterson followed the home run and put two runners in scoring position. Back-to-back sacrifice flies to center off the bats of Willians Astudillo and Jacob Schrader plated both runners to extend the M-Braves' lead to 3-0.
Wang (2-1) allowed runs in the fourth and sixth innings to put Biloxi down five. The 23-year-old allowed a season-high five runs on eight hits, one walk and four strikeouts, and needed 86 pitches - 57 strikes - to work through his six innings. The Shuckers are now 3-1 when the native of Taiwan takes the mound.
Braves' starter Brandon Barker (2-0) allowed the first two batters to reach in the second inning, but retired the next 12 that came to the plate, before Wang started the sixth with a single. A double play off the bat of Tyrone Taylor ended any momentum the Shuckers had in the inning.
Biloxi (14-5) finally got on the scoreboard against reliever Steve Kent in the seventh. Brett Phillips reached on a wild pitch on a third strike to start things off, and scored on Nick Ramirez's double to the gap in right-center for the Shuckers' only tally of the game.
Martin Viramontes took over on the mound for Wang to start the seventh and sat down the side in order in his first inning of work. The Los Angeles native struggled in the eighth, surrendering a leadoff home run to Peterson. Two walks and a single wrapped around a strikeout, leading to the 26-year-old's exit for Steve Peterson. The lefty did not fair better, allowing all three of the inherited runners to score before recording the final two outs of the inning.
Nick Shaw, who had a pair of RBIs, drove a two-run single to center in the ninth to cut the Braves' lead to six, but Rene Garcia grounded out to third to end the game.
Right-hander Adrian Houser (0-2, 7.20) seeks his first win of the season for Biloxi in Thursday's game, while Tennessee lefty Rob Zastryzny (2-0, 3.52) attempts to stay perfect.