The Biloxi Shuckers’ playoff hopes took a hit Thursday night when they fell to the Mississippi Braves 5-1 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
The Shuckers dropped to 1½ games behind the Braves in the wild-card standings with four games remaining.
Braves starting pitcher Patrick Weigel earned his first Double-A win and kept the Shuckers out of the hit column until the seventh inning.
Shuckers starter Luis Ortiz (2-2) worked out of trouble in the first after allowing the first two batters to reach, but could not find the magic in the second, when the Braves (37-28, 71-63) scored four runs for a 4-0 lead over Biloxi (31-35, 70-65).
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Ortiz lasted just two innings for his shortest outing as a member of the Shuckers. He allowed four runs on six hits and a walk and he had three strikeouts.
Tristan Archer pitched the next three innings and did not allow a hit until Dustin Peterson homered with two outs in the fifth to extend the Braves’ lead to 5-0.
Archer struck out five without issuing a walk. On the season, he has 79 strikeouts in 79.1 innings and only eight walks.
Weigel’s no-hit bid was broken up on Brett Phillips’ sixth triple of the season
and he scored on a passed ball on the next pitch.
Weigel gave up just two hits and two walks in 8.1 innings and he had four strikeouts. Caleb Dirks relieved Weigel in the ninth and retired the last two batters for the save.
The Shuckers are playing the Braves in a five-game series through Monday, the end of the regular season.