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Max Kepler of the Lookouts kept the Biloxi Shuckers from getting under the win column Thursday

(Photo source: Biloxi Shuckers) (Photo source: Biloxi Shuckers)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

3,173 fans turned out for the final game at MGM Park and they watched a young man from the Lookouts launch two long balls to give Chattanooga momentum.

If anyone had any doubt that Lookouts left fielder Max Kepler wasn't worthy of being named the Southern League's Most Valuable Player...the Berlin, Germany native changed their minds.  Facing Shuckers pitcher Adrian Houser, Kepler belted a solo home run in the top of the first inning and four innings later followed that up  with a Grand Slam home run over the right field wall to propel Chattanooga to a 5-0 lead.

The Shuckers are no longer undefeated in postseason play, falling 6 to 1.

Shuckers infielder Nick Shaw said, "We were on a roll there for the first four games but as you know we can't win them all.  Kepler had a heck of a game. He's a great player.  He won the MVP for a reason.  So, we have to bounce back in Chattanooga on Saturday."

Lookouts pitcher Jason Wheeler kept the Shuckers off-balance and had a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

"Whoever wins the next two out of three will be the champion of the league, "stated Shuckers manager Carlos Subero.  He added, "We feel pretty good about our chances with our starters and the way we've been playing.  So, hopefully we can go up there and go ahead and take game three."

The Biloxi Shuckers were hoping to close out their final game here at MGM Park with a big win our Chattanooga.  It didn't happen.  That means games 3, 4 and if needed, game 5 will be played in Chattanooga beginning Saturday at 6:15.

Southern League earned run average champion Tyler Wagner is slated to get the starting nod for the Shuckers.  He's 1-0 in postseason play with a 0.00 ERA.

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