The Biloxi Shuckers returned to MGM Park on Thursday and got a stellar start from pitcher Wei-Chung Wang and a two-run homer from first baseman Nick Ramirez in a 2-1 win over the Mobile BayBears.
The win before a crowd of 3,042 gave Biloxi a 21-13 record in one-run games this season and a 2-1 lead in the series that opened Tuesday in Mobile.
Mobile took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Todd Glaesmann’s fifth home run of the season over the wall in left-center. It was the third homer allowed by Wang (6-5) at MGM Park and seventh of the season.
Ramirez gave the Shuckers a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second with his 11th home run this season. The homer, which landed on the berm, was Ramirez’s first since July 9 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Wang settled down after the homer in the second, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters to finish with one run allowed over six innings during his seventh quality start of the season. The southpaw allowed only three hits and did not issue a walk while striking out four. Over six July starts, the 24-year-old from Taiwan is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA.
Brooks Hall worked two perfect frames and threw just 13 pitches, all of them strikes.
Stephen Kohlscheen earned his 14th save in 15 chances by retiring Mobile in the ninth, allowing one hit but striking out two. Kohlscheen has 50 strikeouts on the season and is 8-for-8 in save chances in the second half.
Javier Betancourt’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-3 night. The Shuckers were outhit 4-3, but did not allow Mobile to get one runner into scoring position, excluding the homer.