BILOXI, MS (Biloxi Shuckers) - The Biloxi Shuckers had late-inning opportunities but fell 7-3 to the Mississippi Braves in 10 innings on Sunday night. The Shuckers loss sets up a rubber game in the series finale on Monday night.
Freddy Peralta started for the Shuckers in his Double-A debut, and showed why he earned a promotion from Carolina out of the All-Star break. The 21-year-old righty tossed only 3.2 innings due to a high pitch count, but he struck out nine batters while allowing three runs. Peralta struck out six straight Braves at one point in the outing.
After the Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Blake Allemand doubled and hustled home on a fielding error off the bat of Michael Choice to tie the game. Dustin Houle gave the Shuckers a brief lead in the second with an RBI sacrifice fly off starter Luiz Gohara to make the score 2-1.
The Braves scored two runs off of Peralta in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, but Jacob Nottingham lined a single off the third base bag in the bottom half of the inning to score Angel Ortega and tie the game up once again.
The bullpens took over in the middle innings, and both teams' bats went quiet. Travis Hissong delivered 2.1 scoreless innings in his first Shuckers appearance, and Jorge Lopez and Tayler Scott followed with spotless outings of their own. Danny Reynolds worked two frames in relief of Gohara for Mississippi, escaping a bases-loaded threat in the eighth with an inning-ending double play.
In the ninth inning, the Shuckers got runners on the corners against Philip Pfeifer (W, 1-1) with nobody out, but Pfeifer recovered, striking out the next three batters to send the game to extra innings.
Biloxi closer Matt Ramsey (L, 3-2) was called into service in the tenth, and easily got the first two outs of the inning before a borderline pitch to Omar Obregon was called ball four instead of strike three. Obregon scored the go-ahead run from first after a fly ball to right field off the bat of Jared James was misplayed into an RBI single, Dylan Moore brought in another run on an Angel Ortega throwing error, and Ronald Acuña hit a two-run home run to make the score 7-3.