The Biloxi Shuckers scored one run off three hits in the bottom of the ninth inning, but couldn’t overcome the three runs they gave up in the first two innings of their 3-2 loss to the Jackson Generals at MGM Park on Tuesday.
Brett Phillips opened the bottom of the ninth with a single. Nick Ramirez then scored Phillips with a double to deep center field.
With two outs, Gabriel Noriega singled to left field, advancing Ramirez to third base. The Generals held Noriega tight with throws to first as they faced Tom Belza at the plate. Belza popped up his second pitch into the infield to end the game.
“We faced a very good pitcher tonight,” said Shuckers manager Mike Guerrero. “Our guys won’t quit. That’s what we’re trying to ingrain in our guys. Three runs are not enough to put you down. You can rally at any time. I think that’s what this team is all about.
“We played good defense. It went their way. They were swinging early. They were able to put good wood on the ball; the ball found some holes.”
Benji Gonzalez opened the scoring in the first, crossing the plate on a single by Tyler O’Neill.
Jorge Lopez (1-4) then gave up consecutive singles to the first three batters in the top of the second inning, the third scoring Ryan Casteel.
Adam Law scored the final run of the night for the Generals on Ian Miller’s deep fly ball to left field for the first out. The Shuckers settled down and held the Generals scoreless the rest of the way.
Paul Blackburn got the win for the Generals, giving up seven hits in 8 1/3 innings. Ryne Harper got the save.
Lopez was credited with the loss, pitching six innings for the Shuckers. He struck out six against nine hits and three walks.