A night after allowing 10 runs on 16 hits, the Biloxi Shuckers rebounded with 15 hits of their own and a 7-1 victory over the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium on Saturday night. The win gives the Shuckers the series victory over the BayBears, its 11th series triumph in 25 chances.
All eight position players recorded a hit for the Shuckers, including six with multi-hit nights. The club went 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Biloxi (23-31, 62-61) jumped on Mobile starter Vicente Campos (1-2) in the first two innings to open up a five-run advantage in the early going.
Johnny Davis (2x4, R, BB) started the game with a single and swiped second for his 11th stolen base of the season with Angel Ortega (3x5, R, RBI) at the plate. After Ortega advanced Davis to third with a groundout, Brett Phillips (2x5, 2 RBI) singled to right for the Shuckers’ first run of the game.
Biloxi strung together an assembly line of hits in the second to break the game open.
Dustin DeMuth (2x4, R, RBI) reached safely on an infield single to short, Gabriel Noriega (1x4, R, BB) singled on a line drive to left, and Chris McFarland (1x5, R, RBI) drove in DeMuth with an infield single to second. Rene Garcia(2x4, R, RBI) kept the line moving with a grounder to center, scoring Noriega to make it a 3-0 game.
Jorge Lopez and Davis went down on strikes for the first two outs, but Ortega extended the inning with a run-scoring single to center, plating plating McFarland for the third run of the frame.
Phillips capped off the second with another RBI single to center to score Garcia to give Biloxi a 5-0 lead.
Mobile (27-25, 59-64) responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer by Gabriel Guerrero. Oscar Hernandez followed with a walk, but Lopez struck out Campos and got Domingo Leyba to line out to Ortega at short to end the inning.
Clint Coulter (2x5, R, RBI) extended his on-base streak to 13 games (12 with Biloxi) with a single in the fifth, and drove in the Shuckers’ sixth run of the game with a double to left in the seventh, scoring Ortega to extend the lead to 6-1. The outfielder came around to score one batter later on a single to center off the bat of DeMuth to give the visitors a six-run edge.
Lopez (1-3) earned his first win since rejoining Biloxi on July 16. The reigning Milwaukee Brewers’ and Southern League Pitcher of the Year allowed one run over a season-high, seven innings. The 23-year-old gave up five hits, walked one and struck out six on 101 pitches (63 strikes).
Saturday’s win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Lopez, who had not had a winning decision since May 20 against the Las Vegas 51’s. The Caguas, Puerto Rico native also earned his third quality start of the season, and first sinceJune 11 against the Memphis Redbirds.
Josh Uhen made his Shuckers debut with two scoreless innings pitched, and struck out two BayBears. The 24-year-old right-hander was promoted to Biloxi from Brevard County on Aug. 19.
Campos suffered the loss for Mobile, allowing five runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts in five innings.
The Shuckers and BayBears wrap up their series at 5:05 p.m. Sunday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. RHP Angel Ventura (1-3, 4.41) takes the mound for Biloxi and will face off against RHP Edgar Garcia (3-3, 2.05).