PENSACOLA--Brett Phillips smacked three home runs and led the Biloxi Shuckers to a 9-3 victory over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The lefty became the first ever Shucker to hit three long balls in a game, as Biloxi snapped its four-game losing streak in the process.
Phillips is the first to record a three-homer game in the Southern League this season and first Brewers farmhand to achieve the feat since Victor Roache did it back on May 4, 2014, while with A+ Brevard County. It was the first multi-homer game of Phillips' career.
Phillips (3x5, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) came out hacking as the 21-year-old sent an opposite field blast over the wall in left with Kyle Wren (1x3, RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB) on base to give the Shuckers a quick, 2-0 lead in the first. The left-handed slugger was at it again in the second, as he capped off a three-run frame with a two-run blast onto the berm in right field to advance Biloxi's lead to 5-0.
Phillips wasn't finished there, as he sent a drive over the wall in right for his third two-run blast of the game in the seventh, giving the Shuckers a 9-3 lead. The Florida native becomes the first Shucker to record three home runs in a game in his first multi-homer game of his career, and is the fifth Milwaukee Brewers farmhand to hit three blasts in a game since 2008.
Shuckers' starting pitcher Javi Salas labored through his 2.2 innings of work, as the right-hander surrendered a run in the second and two more in the third before being lifted for Jed Bradley. Salas allowed three runs on three hits, four walks and four strikeouts, while needing 78 pitches - 37 strikes.
Bradley (3-1) shut down the Blue Wahoos over 3.1 innings in relief of Salas, giving up just two hits and striking out two on 28 pitches - 24 strikes.
Steve Peterson was the next man up out of the bullpen for manager Mike Guerrero, and the southpaw continued where his predecessor left off, holding Pensacola scoreless over two frames. Stephen Kohlscheen secured the victory with a two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
Pensacola starter Nick Travieso (1-2) allowed seven runs - five earned - on five hits, three walks and four strikeouts, needing 70 pitches - 41 strikes.
Biloxi will try to salvage two wins in the series against Pensacola in the final at 4 p.m. Sunday at Blue Wahoos Stadium. LHP Wei-Chung Wang (2-1, 2.83) takes the bump for the Shuckers, while LHP Amir Garrett (2-2, 1.52) toes the rubber for the Blue Wahoos.