JACKSON, TN. – Taylor Jungmann (1-3) recorded his fourth consecutive quality start, and fifth in his last six starts, with three runs allowed over seven innings, but the Shuckers fell short in Friday night’s, 3-1 loss to the Jackson Generals at the Ballpark at Jackson.
The 2011 first-round draft pick gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six on 92 pitches (62 strikes). The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in each of his last eight starts.
Jackson (28-18, 74-42) put up an early run in the first on an RBI single by Tim Lopes with two outs, bringing home Ian Miller from second for the 1-0 lead over Biloxi (19-28, 58-58).
The Shuckers tied the contest the next half inning with a run of their own. Gabriel Noriega (1x4, R) singled to left with one out and scored on Tom Belza’s (1x4, 3B, RBI) triple to right-center.
The Generals would re-take the lead with a two-out rally in the fourth. Marcus Littlewood, Adam Law and Patrick Brady each doubled with two outs, scoring two runs to take a 3-1 advantage.
Jackson’s starting pitcher Andrew Moore (8-1) continued his hot stretch for the Generals. The Seattle Mariners’ 10th-ranked prospect (MLB.com) set down 13 consecutive Shuckers after a two-out double by Tyrone Taylor (2x4, 2B) in the third. Javier Bentancourt (1x2, BB) snapped the streak with a leadoff single on the first pitch of the eighth inning.
The 22-year-old right-hander finished the outing with one run allowed over eight innings on four hits, a walk and seven strikeouts.
Taylor and Jacob Nottingham (1x4) started the ninth inning with back-to-back singles against Matt Anderson (SV, 4) to put the tying run on base. The right-hander would strike out the next three batters to leave the runners stranded. Nottingham has hit now in four straight games, collecting seven hits.
Biloxi will look to pull ahead in the series in game three of the five-game set at 6:05 p.m. Saturday night at the Ballpark at Jackson. RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-6, 2.87) takes his 1.64 second-half ERA against the Southern League’s best offense for the Shuckers, and will face off with Generals’ right-hander, Brett Ash (10-74.88).