Biloxi Shuckers

Shuckers fall short at Montgomery

Garrett Cooper

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --The Biloxi Shuckers could not take advantage of an opportunity to climb back into first place in the Southern League South after suffering a 6-3 defeat on Tuesday night at the hands of the Montgomery Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium.

Biloxi remains a game back of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos after their loss to the Jackson Generals.

Shuckers' starter Javi Salas worked an interesting first inning with two walks issued, a single and a wild pitch, but the right-hander did not allow a run to score. A fortunate bounce on a wild pitch right back to his catcher Rene Garcia, led to Kean Wong being tagged out at home while trying to score from third.

The Biscuits would threaten again in the second after three consecutive one-out walks ended the night for Salas, forcing Mike Guerrero to go to Brooks Hall out of the bullpen. The right-hander struck out Tommy Coyle and forced a ground out from Wong to escape the frame.

Montgomery (29-29) broke through the scoreboard first in the fourth thanks to a one-out triple by Mike Marjama and a sacrifice fly by Braxton Lee.

The Biscuits broke the game open in the fifth; using a two-out rally to plate four runs to gain a five-run advantage over the Shuckers.

Jake Bauers started the rally with a single to center. Casey Gillaspie had infield single, putting two runners on for Willy Adames, placed a single into center to score Bauers. Patrick Leonard brought everybody home with a three-run home run to left to cap off the four-run inning.

Biloxi (32-25) attempted a rally of its own in the seventh against Montgomery's bullpen, but could only scratch across a run.

Jacob Nottingham 1x3, 2 R, BB) greeted reliever Jeff Ames with a walk to start the inning and extend his on-base streak to 16 games. A deep fly out to right off the bat of Nick Ramirez (0x4) allowed the base runner to move up to second, setting up Garrett Cooper's (2x4, 2 RBI, R, 2B) RBI single to center.

A single to left by Tyrone Taylor (1x3, RBI, BB) put runners at first and second for pinch hitter Victor Roache (0x0, BB), who drew a free pass to load the bases, prompting a pitching change from Montgomery.

Facing the left-handed Kyle Bird, Javier Betancourt (0x3) bounced into an inning-ending double play to snuff out the rally.

Montgomery padded onto its lead with a run in the eighth against relief pitcher Brett Lee, stretching Biloxi's deficit back to five.

Nottingham extended his hitting streak to six games with a leadoff single in the ninth, and came around to score on Cooper's 16th double of the season with one out. An error on a missed catch by Wong allowed Cooper to advance to third on the play.

Taylor bounced out to third, bringing home Cooper for the second run of the ninth, but that would be all the Shuckers would get across in the final inning, as Chris McFarland (0x1) struck out looking to end the game.

Hunter Wood (2-0) earned his second win in as many starts at the Double-A level, allowing just two hits, issuing two free passes and striking out four on 99 pitches in six innings.

Biloxi will again go for the series victory at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Riverwalk Stadium in game four of the five-game series. RHP Jorge Ortega (0-5, 3.86) looks for his first win of the season for the Shuckers, while All-Star RHP Jake Faria (1-5, 4.62) takes the mound for the Biscuits.