Josh Hader got the starting call on the mound for the Biloxi Shuckers Monday night at Trustmark Park and had another strong showing. The southpaw gave up three runs in seven innings with eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
In the bottom of the third, the Braves started a rally when Stephen Janas singled to center and moved to second after Emerson Landoni was hit by a pitch. Mycal Jones stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-run double and KD Kang followed with a RBI single to right field that plated Jones.
In six starting assignments for the Shuckers Hader falls to 1-3, but has a 2.94 ERA with 44 strikeouts and just nine walks. The opposition is batting only .194 against him. Unfortunately, his teammates have struggled when Hader is on the mound, scoring just three runs, with three shutouts.
Stephen Janas (2-7) kept the Biloxi bats at bay. He did not allow a ball to leave in the infield in his six innings. It was his first win since July 19. Janas gave up only one hit, walked two batters and struck out three Shuckers.
Orlando Arcia's franchise record 14-game hitting streak ended Monday night after he went hitless in three trips to the plate. His on-base streak remains alive e after drawing a walk in the first.
The Shuckers drops to 3 1/2 games out of first place with six games left in the Southern League second-half. The Braves are a 1/2 game behind Pensacola for second place in the South Division standings. The Shuckers will entertain the second half division winner in the South Division Series beginning September 10-11 at MGM Park in Biloxi. The Shuckers are the first half Division Champs.
Biloxi (32-31) will try to salvage the five-game series and claim the inaugural Magnolia State Rivalry series Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. Right-hander Tyler Wagner (11-5, 2.13 ERA) gets the starting call on the mound for the Shuckers on Tuesday. The Braves will go with right-hander Greg Ross (7-9, 4.10 ERA) beginning at 7:00 Tuesday night.
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