The Biloxi Shuckers’ three-game winning streak was snapped after Friday’s, 10-3 loss to the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium.
The contest took three hours and 28 minutes, falling one minute shy of tying the Shuckers’ previous all-time high for longest game of three hours and 29 minutes set back on September 1, 2015 against the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park.
Biloxi (22-31, 61-61) put up the first runs of the game with a two-spot in the third.
Angel Ortega (1x4, 2B) struck out to start the frame, but Brandon Woodruff picked up Biloxi’s first hit of the game with a single to left. Brett Phillips (1x3, 2 R, 2 BB) followed with a walk to put two runners on for Tyrone Taylor (1x5), who popped up to second for the second out of the inning.
Jacob Nottingham (1x4, RBI, BB) drove a single to right, scoring Woodruff for the first run of the game, with Phillips taking second on the play. Dustin DeMuth (2x3, 2 RBI, 2B) followed with a run-scoring single to center to bring home Phillips for the 2-0 lead.
Mobile (27-24, 59-63) answered Biloxi’s output with three runs of its own to grab the lead in the home half of the inning.
Tayor Clarke singled to right to leadoff the third in front of Evan Marzilli drawing a base on balls to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Domingo Leyba hit a liner off of DeMuth’s glove at first, trickling the ball into right field. Clarke scored from second with Marzilli heading to third on the play. An errant throw to the infield by Clint Coulter allowed Marzilli to score the second run and tie the game at two, with Leyba heading into second with a double.
Jamie Wesbrook bounced out to Ortega at short, with Leyba advancing to third. Kevin Cron drove a sacrifice fly to center, plating the go-ahead run for the 3-2 advantage.
The BayBears tacked on three more runs in the fifth to open up a four-run cushion.
Westbrook doubled with one out and advanced to third on an infield single by Cron to put runners on the corners. Travis Denker drove home the runner from third with a single up the middle for the home team’s fourth run of the game.
Stewart Ijames followed with a double to the wall in right to plate Cron and Denker, ending the night for Woodruff (7-8).
The Shuckers’ starting pitcher lasted just 4.1 innings, and allowed six runs on nine hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The Wheeler, Miss. native used 90 pitches on the night, with 62 crossing the plate for strikes.
Pretson Gainey took over out of the Shuckers’ bullpen and retired Dawel Lugo on a popup and set down Matt Jones on strikes to end the inning.
The 25-year-old finished the night with 1.2 innings in relief of Woodruff, with one hit allowed and two strikeouts.
DeMuth drove in Phillips in the seventh bring the Shuckers within three of the BayBears. However, Mobile would respond with four runs against Tristan Archer after the stretch to break the game open at 10-3.
Archer would be lifted for Junior Rincon, who tossed the final 1.1 innings and did not allow a run.
Coulter’s (0x3) 11-game hitting streak (10 at the Double-A level) came to an end on Friday night.
Clarke (7-6) started and earned the win for the BayBears, allowing two runs on five hits, three walks and two striketous on 99 pitches.
Biloxi will go for the series win again in game four of the five-game set at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. RHP Jorge Lopez (0-3, 5.85) takes the mound for the Shuckers against the BayBears’ RHP Vicente Campos (1-1, 1.80).