The Biloxi Shuckers dropped a hard-fought contest with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday night at MGM Park, 4-1. The Shuckers stranded seven men on base and finished 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Pensacola (20-23, 61-52) broke a 1-1 score with a three-spot in the ninth to grab a late advantage.
Sebastian Elizalde singled to start the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice attempt by Brandon Dixon that resulted in an errant throw to second by Stephen Peterson (8-4). Zach Vincej lofted a single to left to load the bases and prompt a pitching change for Biloxi (17-26, 56-56).
Junior Rincon came in from the bullpen and walked Taylor Sparks to force in the go-ahead run. Eric Jagielo bounced into a 4-6-3 double play, allowing Dixon to score and moving Vincej to third. A wild pitch on ball four to Kyle Skipworth allowed Vincej to race home for the third run of the inning.
Alejandro Chacin (SV, 21) earned his league-leading 21st save with one hit allowed and a strikeout in the ninth.
Biloxi cracked the scoreboard in the fourth to break a scoreless game. Clint Coulter (2x3, R) singled to left to lead off the inning and came around to score on a double to the wall in left off the bat of Rene Garcia (1x4, 2B, RBI). Coulter has four hits in his first five at-bats at the Double-A level, and has scored six times in three games.
The Shuckers held their one-run lead going into the sixth before the Blue Wahoos knotted the score.
Jeff Gelalich reached on an error by Gabriel Noriega at third. Alex Blandino followed with an RBI double to the game in right-center, allowing Gelalich to score all the way from first.
Both starting pitchers earned quality starts on Sunday, but neither garnered a decision.
Taylor Jungmann allowed an unearned run on three hits, a walk and eight strikeouts. The 2011 first-round draft pick has recorded three consecutive quality starts, and has gone at least six and given up three or less in four of his last five outings.
Jackson Stephens took the mound for Pensacola and allowed a run on seven hits, a walk and six strikeouts. The right-hander lasted seven innings and has earned a quality start in his last four outings.
Biloxi will go again for the series victory for a second consecutive night in game four of the five-game set at 6:40 p.m. Monday night at MGM Park. RHP Brandon Woodruff (6-6, 3.13) takes the mound for the Shuckers against RHP Sal Romano (4-10, 3.86) for Pensacola.