Taylor Jungmann tossed eight innings of shutout baseball on Tuesday at MGM Park, as the Shuckers came away with a 2-0 victory over the Mississippi. The win was the second straight over the Braves and sixth win in the last eight chances. The shutout also gives the Shuckers their 11th whitewash victory of the season, and brings the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A affiliate within 8.5 games of the first-place Braves with 13 to play.
Biloxi (25-32, 64-62) finally cracked the scoreboard in the eighth to pull ahead in the latter portion of the game.
Angel Ortega roped a double down the third base line to start things against Akeel Morris (3-1), and advanced to third on a single to left off the bat of Tyrone Taylor. Clint Coulter struck out for the first out, but Gabriel Noriega came up clutch with a bloop single onto the outfield grass in center to bring home Ortega and move Taylor to third.
Dustin DeMuth followed with a sacrifice fly to center. Connor Lien made a strong throw home, but Taylor snuck his foot around Braves’ catcher Willians Astudillo at the plate for the second run of the inning.
Stephen Kohlscheen came in during the ninth and loaded the bases, but struck out Lien on a heater to leave the runners on and secure the victory.
Both starting pitchers dueled deep into the night, as neither hurler allowed a run during his outing.
Jungmann (2-3) took the hill for the Shuckers and allowed just two runners to reach scoring position, but squashed both of the opportunities.
Jacob Schrader doubled with one out in the second, but Jungmann punched out Connor Lien and retired Joey Meneses on a ground out to short to escape the inning.
Meneses doubled with one out in the eighth, but the 2011 first-round draft pick settled in again by getting a line out to center by Stephen Gaylor and setting down Levi Hyams on strikes.
Jungmann finished the night with eight scoreless innings, while allowing three hits and striking out eight. The eight frames ties a season-high for the 26-year-old, matching the mark set on July 27 against the Mobile BayBears. Jungmann is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his last six starts with 38 strikeouts.
Sean Newcomb worked out trouble late in his outing. The southpaw had runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth with a two-out single by Jungmann and a walk to Brett Phillips (0x2, 2 BB). The Atlanta Braves’ top pitching prospect popped up Ortega for the third out of the frame.
Taylor walked to lead off the sixth and advanced to third on groundouts by Coulter and Noriega. DeMuth drew a free pass, but Javier Betancourt (0x4) grounded out to second to end the inning.