Biloxi Shuckers

Shuckers rally in 8th to topple Jacksonville

COURTESY MIKE KREBS 
 The Biloxi Shuckers and Jacksonville Suns squared off Thursday night at MGM Park while wearing throwback uniforms from the Negro Baseball Leagues.
COURTESY MIKE KREBS The Biloxi Shuckers and Jacksonville Suns squared off Thursday night at MGM Park while wearing throwback uniforms from the Negro Baseball Leagues.

BILOXI -- The Biloxi Shuckers displayed the kind of late-inning magic Thursday that has them sitting on top of the Southern League's South Division.

The Shuckers erupted for two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to rally for an 8-6 victory over the Jacksonville Suns.

Shortstop Nick Shaw went 4-for-4 while Victor Roache and Javier Betancourt blasted two-run homers to left as the Shuckers moved to 21-12 on the season. The Shuckers trailed the Suns (14-20) 6-2 after 2½ innings.

"It's been a process, now I'm starting to get some playing time consistently," said Shaw, who entered Thursday's game with a .234 batting average. "It's a little easier now.

"But what a team win, after giving up four in the first. (Javi) Salas didn't have the best of starts but that is OK. The guys picked him up. Everybody picked him up."

Betancourt's two-run blast in the seventh cut the Suns lead to 6-4. Then Tyrone Taylor led off the eighth with a walk, and Shaw singled one out later. Brandon Macias hit a RBI double to left. Then pinchhitter Kyle Wren grounded to second. The second baseman bobbled the ball, and by the time the dust cleared, the Shuckers led 7-6.

"I was trying to move the line, I'm not the guy to hit the ball out of the park," Shaw said of the winning rally. "We have other guys to do that as you saw tonight. It's about everyone doing their job."

Brett Lee (1-0) picked up the win in relief and Stephen Kohlscheen gained his second save.

The Shuckers honored the Biloxi Dodgers in a Salute to the Negro Baseball Leagues in pregame ceremonies on Thursday night. The teams also wore throwback uniforms of the various Negro League teams.

The Shuckers close out their homestand Friday at 7:10 p.m., then open a road series at Chattanooga on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

Jacksonville took advantage of Salas' inability to find the plate, jumping to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Salas issued five walks and hit one batter in just one third of an inning before giving way to Tristan Archer. Austin Dean hit an RBI double to left for the Suns, the only hit of the inning. Salas walked two with the bases loaded to force in runs, and also hit a batter with the bases loaded.

Roache blasted a two-run homer to left to cut the Suns' lead in half at 4-2 in the second inning.

It was Roache's second homer of the season.

Jacksonville added two more runs in the third on a two-run double by Cam Maron.

But the Shuckers bullpen shut the door after that. Archer, Jed Bradley, Brooks Hall, Lee and Kohlscheen contained the Suns offense after that first inning.

"We were able to come back late in the game, scoring six runs in the last two innings," Biloxi manager Mike Guerrero said. "I have to tip my hat to the bullpen, they did a great job. They kept us in the ballgame and we had a great comeback."

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