The Biloxi Shuckers concluded their five-game road series with the Mississippi Braves Tuesday morning during school day as youngsters packed Trustmark Park in Pearl.
They watched the Braves get to Shuckers starting pitcher Wei-Chung Wang in the first inning. Ozzie Albies delivered the first pitch of the game over the left field wall. Before Wang would get out of the inning, the Braves plated 3 runs.
Wang (2-1) allowed single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. The 23-year-old left-hander would give up a season-high five runs on eight shits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Braves starting pitcher Brandon Barker (2-0) tossed six shutout innings, gave up only two hits with four strikeouts.
Biloxi (14-5) got on the scoreboard against reliever Steven Kent in the seventh inning. Brett Phillips reached on a wild pitch on a third strike to lead off the inning. Nick Ramirez cracked a double in the gap in right-center that drove home Phillips. Nick Shaw belted a two-run single in the ninth.
Despite the setback the Shuckers maintain the league's top record and will enjoy a day-off on Wednesday before opening a five-game home stand at MGM Park beginning 6:40 Thursday night. Biloxi will host the Tennessee Smokies.
Right-hander Adrian Houser (0-2, 7.20 ERA) will get the starting nod on Thursday looking for his first win of the season. Left-hander Rob Zastryzny (2-0, 3.52) is slated to be on the mound for the Smokies.
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