Shuckers fall to Blue Wahoos, snap nine game home win streak

Shuckers fall to Blue Wahoos, snap nine game home win streak
Corey Ray celebrates in the Shuckers dugout at MGM Park after scoring a run. (WLOX Sports)

BILOXI, MS (Biloxi Shuckers) - A five-run sixth inning for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (16-21) snapped the Biloxi Shuckers' (24-13) nine game home win streak, handing Biloxi a 6-4 loss on Sunday afternoon at MGM Park.

The Blue Wahoos jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Shed Long's solo home run off starter RHP Cody Ponce. The righty tossed five solid innings of one run, two-hit baseball and left the game in line for the win.

Biloxi was held without a baserunner through the first three innings against RHP Keury Mella (W, 4-1). In the fourth, Jake Gatewood gave the Shuckers the lead with a two-run double to the right centerfield gap. An inning later, Corey Ray extended the lead to 4-1 with a booming two-run shot to right, his third of the season.

Ponce gave way to RHP Josh Uhen (L, 0-2) in the sixth. Pensacola answered by plating five runs on three hits against the Oshkosh native. Aristides Aquino flicked a two-run home run to left field to cut the lead to one. After a Brian O'Grady double, Cassidy Brown singled to tie the game at four. CJ McElroy was intentionally walked, and the pitcher Mella came up with the winning hit, a two-RBI double down the left field line.

All told, Mella allowed four runs on five hits without a walk and seven strikeouts over seven strong innings. RHP Robinson Leyer (S, 1) converted a six-out save and pitched around a single and a walk in the ninth to close things out.

The Shuckers and Blue Wahoos head into Game Three of a five-game set having split the first two with first pitch on Monday at 6:35 PM CT. RHP Zack Brown (2-0, 3.18) duels Pensacola's RHP Jesus Reyes (0-6, 6.44) on another Doggone Monday at MGM Park.