The Biloxi Shuckers took care of business early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more in the second and sixth for a 7-1 win against the Mobile BayBears at MGM Park on Thursday.
The win was the third consecutive for the Shuckers.
The Shuckers’ bats got going in the first with two outs. Clint Coulter connected with the first pitch thrown to him, nailing it deep into right field for a double. Nick Ramirez got down in the count, but he slammed the 11th pitch he faced over the left-field fence for a two-run homer.
“We took advantage of balls over the plate and we put good swings on it,” Shuckers manager Mike Guerrero said. “One of the nights we finally swing the bats the way we are capable.”
Javier Betancourt continued the contact with a triple to the center-field wall in the second. Angel Ortega then singled to right field to score Betancourt and Brett Phillips hit an infield single to score Ortega to increase the lead to 4-1 after two innings.
Betancourt got on base with a walk to open the sixth inning for the Shuckers. Rene Garcia hit a ground ball under the glove of the Bay Bears’ third baseman, putting runners at first and second base.
Ortega was the third batter of the inning for the Shuckers and slammed his first pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer and a 7-1 lead.
Pitcher Taylor Jungmann struggled in the first couple of innings for the Shuckers, walking five of the first 11 batters he faced. Jungmann battled his way out of the tight spots, however, and the Shuckers’ defense rallied behind him to hold the BayBears in the final eight innings.
“Not every time you go out there you’re going to have your best stuff,” Guerrero said. “(Jungmann) made some good pitches when he needed to, and we played good defense behind him.”
Jungmann pitched 4 2/3 innings to open the game for the Shuckers (22-30 second half). Taylor Scott (3-2) was credited with the win, giving up one hit in 2-plus innings.
Before the game, the Shuckers wore special George Ohr-themed uniforms as part of the night’s promotion but didn’t wear the jerseys during the game.