BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
Aug. 21, 2017 | Mobile BayBears 1, Biloxi Shuckers 0, F/12 | Southern League (AA)
BILOXI, Miss. – After a great start from Corbin Burnes, the game ended in a nightmare for the Biloxi Shuckers with an error filled inning to lose 1-0 to the Mobile BayBears on Monday at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Burnes logged eight innings for the Shuckers and let up zero runs while striking out eight. He held the BayBears hitless through the first five innings and after giving up the first hit of the game to Brennan Lund, he promptly picked him off first. Burnes capped off his excellent start by striking out the side in the eighth inning.
In the ninth, Nick Ramirez relieved Burnes and threw three perfect innings as the game moved into extras deadlocked at zero.
The floodgates then opened up in the top of the 12th as Biloxi made three errors en route to giving up the only run of the game with Jorge Lopez on the mound. After a walk, shortstop Angel Ortega was stymied by a ball that should have turned into a double play. Then following failed sac-bunt, third baseman Jake Gatewood squandered a second double play ball through his legs that allowed Zach Houchins to score the decisive run.
Getting hits was not the problem for Biloxi on Monday, but string hits together to create runs never happened. The Shuckers recorded hits in nine of 12 innings, but failed to notch more than two in any of those nine innings.
This game is the start of a gigantic five-game series with the playoffs on the line. Biloxi (27-27) and Mobile (29-27) sit within 1.5 games of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (29-26) in the second half standings of the Southern League’s South Division.
Mobile BayBears (59-66) 000 000 000 001 – 1 2 0
Biloxi Shuckers (63-59) 000 000 000 000 – 0 12 4
8/21 Mobile 1, Biloxi 0
8/22-8/25 Mobile at Biloxi
Mobile BayBears (LAA)
#2 Matt Thaiss 0/3, 2 BB, 2 K .316/.416/.404, 2 HR, 18 RBI
#28 Brennan Lund 1/4, K .359/.373/.422, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Biloxi Shuckers (MIL)
#23 Jake Gatewood 1/5, K .279/.326/.512, 1 HR, 3 RBI
#15 Jorge Lopez IP, R, 0 ER, BB, K
#24 Corbin Burnes 8 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K
MGM Park sits right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico on Mississippi’s shoreline. The stadium was finished in 2015, halfway through the Shuckers inaugural season after moving from Huntsville, Alabama.
It was Military Monday at MGM Park with all current and former military members receiving discounted tickets and the Shuckers rocking military themed jerseys on the field.
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