Matt Thaiss Powers BayBears to 6-5 Victory over Shuckers
A night after delivering a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 1oth that gave the Mobile BayBears a 4-3 victory, Matt Thaiss was at it again, blasting a three-run homer that tied the score in the fifth, and the BayBears would add a run in the sixth as they defeated the Biloxi Shuckers for the second straight night. The 6-5 loss gave the Shuckers their second straight defeat, the first time they have lost back-to-back games this season. Troy Stokes, Jr. had a hit for Biloxi, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
The Shuckers took the lead in the top half of the first. Troy Stokes, Jr. singled over the head of the second baseman with one out and moved to second when Lucas Erceg was able to reach on a bloop single of his own. Nick Franklin followed with a base hit that hit off the glove of second baseman Hutton Moyer for an error, allowing Stokes to score.
In the bottom half the inning, Mobile responded right away. Biloxi starter Zack Brown retired the first two hitters of the inning, but Taylor Ward kept the inning alive with a base hit before Moyer blasted a two run homer over the right field wall to give the BayBears a 2-1 lead.
It would stay that way until the fourth, when Biloxi would tie the score. With one down, Dylan Moore lined a single into right field and moved to third on a double by Jake Hager. A ground ball allowed Moore to score and the game was tied at two.
The fifth inning was quite an offensive showcase. In the top half of the inning, Stokes walked to start the frame, then stole second. Two batters later he scored on a base hit by Franklin to put the Shuckers back on top. Franklin then stole second and moved to third when the throw was wild. Jake Gatewood and Moore followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases. Hager drew a base on balls of his own to drive home Franklin and, two batters later, Dustin Houle would draw a walk to score Gatewood and Biloxi led by three.
The lead did not last long, however. In the bottom half of the inning, Brend0n Sanger led off the frame with a base hit and moved to second when Wade Wass walked. Two batters later, Thaiss crushed a ball over the right-center field wall for a three run homer and the game was tied.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mobile would take the lead for good. With Josh Uhen on the mound, Michael Barash walked to start the inning before Connor Justus was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Sanger reached on a catcher’s interference to load the bases. A hit by pitch scored Barash and the BayBears took the lead on one of the most unusual innings of the year.
The Mobile bullpen would make that lead hold. Ryan Clark (1-0) had come on in the fifth, and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Jake Jewell tossed the final two innings of the game, keeping Biloxi off the scoreboard for his second save of the season.
Matt Thaiss finished 2-4 with a run, homer and 3 RBI. Hutton Moyer drove in 2 runs for the BayBears. Biloxi was lead by Nick Franklin, who was 3-5 with a run and an RBI. Troy Stokes, Jr. scored 2 runs.
The fourth game of this five game set is scheduled for tomorrow. Adrian Houser (0-0, 9.00) will go for Biloxi against Jesus Castill0 (1-1, 9.00). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
By Robert Pannier