Kodi Medeiros Blanks Biscuits, Shuckers Win 5-2
The first start at the AA level proved to be one to remember for the Kodi Medeiros, as the left-hander tossed five shutout innings to lead the Biloxi Shuckers to the 5-2 victory. Blake Allemand was a perfect 3-3, and the Nate Griep loaded the bases before recording his second save of the season. Corey Ray added his first home run of the year for the Shuckers.
After a scoreless first inning, the Biloxi Shuckers took advantage of knuckleballer J.D. Martin. Blake Allemand began the inning by drawing a walk. A pass ball moved him to second and he moved to third on a ground out. Dustin Houle followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score the runner and give Biloxi the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Shuckers blew the game open. With the knuckleball not working well for Martin, Corey Ray began the inning by blasting his first home run of the season over the right field wall. Troy Stokes, Jr. then walked before Lucas Erceg lined a single into center field that put two on with no one out. A double-play moved Stokes to third and he scored on a base hit by Trent Grisham. Allemand followed with a base hit to keep the inning alive and Grisham scored on a two-out hit by Dylan Moore to make it 4-0.
That was plenty of run support for Kodi Medeiros, who was pitching quite well. The left-hander retired six of the first seven batters he faced in the game, and did not allow his first hit until two outs in the third. Medeiros (1-0) left after five, allowing 3
hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4.
In the seventh, Biloxi added an insurance run. Stokes drew a walk to start the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. A ground ball moved him to third and he would score on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
Angel Ventura took over for Medeiros in the sixth, and tossed to shutout innings for the Shuckers. Josh Uhen came on in the bottom of the eighth, and the Biscuits got to him right away.
Three straight walks loaded the bases and ended the night for Uhen. That brought a call for Tristan Archer, who recorded a ground out that scored Nathan Lukes to end the shutout. A second ground out scored Brandon Lowe and it was suddenly a three run game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Nate Griep came on looking to record his second save in as many nights. He retired the first two batters of the inning but, like the night before, loaded the bases on back-to-back singles and a walk, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. However, the Biloxi closer got Mac James to fly out to close out the game.
Blake Allemand finished 3-3 with a run and a walk. Troy Stokes, Jr. was 1-2 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. Thomas Milone had two hits for Montgomery.
These two teams square off in an early afternoon affair on Sunday. Thomas Jankins will go for the Biloxi Shuckers (2-1). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.
By Robert Pannier