Biloxi Shuckers shut out the Mississippi Braves 5-0 for third straight victory

PEARL, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Shuckers (14-4) not only picked up their third straight win, they also got their fourth shutout of the season to lead the Southern League in that category.

First baseman Nick Ramirez bounced out to first, but it allowed Nate Orf to score from third for the games first run in the top of third inning.

Javier Betancourt hit the ball to the Braves first baseman, he couldn't handle the ball which rolled into right field for a double to score Brett Phillips giving Biloxi a 2-0 advantage.  The 20-year-old Betancourt extended his hitting streak to sis games and on-base streak to 13 games.

The Shuckers exploded for three runs in the seventh inning off Braves reliever Madison Younginer. In an attempt to throw out Brandon Macias at home plate, the throw by first baseman Levi Hyams went out of play allowing Macias and Taylor to score.

Ramirez ripped a double into center field to plate Orf and the Shuckers led 5-0.

Javi Salas (2-1) pitched six innings, allowed only two hits, two walks and a strikeout to post the win.

Drew Gagnon (SV 1) continued his dominance out of the bullpen.  The 25-year-old has not allowed a run in five games (one start) over 13 innings and picked up his first save since 2011.

The Shuckers and Braves will conclude their five-game series with a 10:00 a.m. clash at Trustmark Park on Tuesday.  Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang (2-0, 1.69 ERA) will be on the mound for the Shuckers.  The Braves will send right-hander Brandon Barker (1-0, 1.06 ERA) to pitch against the Shuckers.

Biloxi returns to MGM Park on Thursday for the first of a five-game home series with the Tennessee Smokies.

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