Biloxi Shuckers

Shuckers' bats wake up in series finale win at Jackson

SUN HERALD

Biloxi's Tyrone Taylor can't believe he was called out on a stolen base attempt against Mobile.
Biloxi's Tyrone Taylor can't believe he was called out on a stolen base attempt against Mobile. ttisbell@sunherald.com

JACKSON, TN. – The Biloxi Shuckers wrapped up their five-game series against the Jackson Generals with an 8-3 victory at The Ballpark at Jackson. The run output was the most for Biloxi since a 10-9 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits on June 24. Catcher Jacob Nottingham led the 12-hit performance by going 3-for-5 and blasting his ninth home run of the season. The Shuckers took two of the five games in the series. Jackson will visit MGM Park for five games, Aug. 27-31.

Jackson (30-19, 76-43) scored the first two runs of the game in the second to jump out to an early lead over Biloxi.

Adam Law sent his second home run of the season over the wall in left for a solo shot to give the home team a one-run advantage with one out. After a walk to Brock Hebert and a strikeout by Patrick Brady, Ian Miller sent a triple off the wall in right, bringing home Hebert from first for the two-run lead.

Biloxi (20-30, 59-60) sent seven men to the plate in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.

Nick Ramirez grounded out to start the inning, and Clint Coulter reached on a walk in front of Dustin DeMuth’s fielder’s choice to put a runner on first with two outs.

Gabriel Noriega smacked a single to left to put two runners on. A wild pitch to Tom Belza advanced the runners 90 ft. The Shuckers’ third baseman drew a free pass to load the bases for Javier Betancourt, who drove a single to left to bring home DeMuth and Noriega to tie the game.

Jacob Nottingham slammed a go-ahead homer to left center to lead off the sixth and propel Biloxi to a 3-2 advantage. The Shuckers’ backstop has slugged two long balls in his last seven games, collecting hits in six of those.

Brooks Hall (5-2) made his fifth start for Biloxi and allowed two runs over five innings on four hits, four walks and a strikeout. The right-hander improved to 3-1 as a starter at the Double-A level during the 2016 season.

Biloxi broke the game open with a five-spot in the seventh.

Betancourt greeted reliever Aaron Brooks with a single to left, and swiped second on a called third strike to Brett Phillips. An errant throw by Marcus Littlewood carried into center, allowing Betancourt to take third on the play.

Tyrone Taylor brought the runner home with a single to center to extend the Shuckers’ lead to two.

Nottingham kept the line moving with a single to right before Ramirez flew out to right for the second out. Clint Coulter poked an infield single to third, scoring Taylor for the 5-2 advantage.

DeMuth walked to put load the bases for Noriega, who deposited a two-run single to center to make it a five-run lead for the visitors. Tom Belza completed the scoring with a single to score DeMuth for the fifth run of the inning.

Jackson added a run in the eighth to cut the Shuckers’ lead to five on an RBI single by Law, but the deficit would be too much to overcome for the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate.

Stephen Kohlscheen tossed a perfect ninth to lock down the series-closing victory, picking up two strikeouts along the way.

Paul Blackburn (7-6) suffered the loss for the Generals, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in 2.2 innings of relief.

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