Jacob Nottingham collected a season-high three hits and three RBIs as the Biloxi Shuckers' catcher helped snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium on Monday night. Shuckers' starter Brandon Woodruff (2-3) won his second consecutive start after tossing 5.2 innings of two-hit ball to go along with a walk and four strikeouts.
Biloxi (31-24) benefited from back-to-back walks to start the third to grab the early lead over Montgomery (28-28).
Omar Garcia (0x2, R, 2 BB) drew the first walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch to Brett Phillips (0x2, 2 R, 2 BB). Another wild pitch on ball four to Phillips had Garcia scampering for third, while Phillips displayed heads-up base running by taking second on the play. Nathan Orf (2x3, RBI) drove in Garcia with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Shuckers a 1-0 lead.
Nottingham (3x4, HR, 3 RBI, R) capped the inning with a two-run blast over the wall in left for the backstop's seventh home run of the season, tying Phillips for the team lead. The 21-year-old now has three long balls over his last four games after going through a seven-game homerless drought, and becomes the second Shucker to homer in consecutive games this season. Nottingham's shot also extends his on-base streak to 13 games.
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Nottingham added another RBI in the fifth with a run-scoring single to right, bringing home Phillips to bring the Shuckers' lead to 4-2. Monday night's contest was the first three-hit performance for the California native, as well as his first three-RBI game.
Montgomery strung together a two-out rally to plate two runs in the third to cut the Shuckers' lead to one.
After a one-out single by Jake DePew, Pat Blair flew out to right for the second out of the inning. A passed ball to Kean Wong moved DePew up to second, and Wong cracked a double to center to bring home the runner. Jake Bauers walked and Casey Gillaspie drove home Wang with a single to left for the second run of the frame.
Starter Woodruff left the game with runners on the corners and two outs with the sixth, giving way to Tristan Archer. The 25-year-old reliever shattered Mike Marjama's bat on a popup, as Javier Betancourt made the catch to escape the inning and preserve the two-run advantage. The right-hander worked 1.1 innings and struck out two in relief of Woodruff.
Steve Peterson worked a perfect eighth with two strikeouts. Daniel Tillman (SV, 2) allowed a leadoff single to Willy Adames in the ninth, but struck out Patrick Leonard and induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Marjama to earn his second save of the season.
Biloxi will look for the two-game advantage in the five-game set at 7:10 p.m. Monday night at Riverwalk Stadium. LHP Josh Hader (1-1, 0.88) takes the mound for the Shuckers, while RHP Chi-Wei Hu (2-2, 1.84) toes the rubber for the Biscuits.