The Biloxi Shuckers were looking for their fourth straight victory over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Saturday night, and thanks to some outstanding pitching from five Biloxi hurlers, the Shuckers won an outstanding pitcher’s duel, 1-0. Wuilder Rodriguez earned his first victory of the season, and Corey Ray drove in the only run to help move Biloxi to 19-10 on the season.
Adrian Houser started for the Shuckers and had his best outing of the season, holding Jacksonville to just 2-hits and 2-walks. The right-hander really had his stuff on this night, striking out six, including at least one in each of his four innings of work and three were caught looking.
Jacksonville starter Cody Poteet held the Shuckers off the scoreboard for the first two innings, but Biloxi would break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. Houser helped himself by leading off the inning with a double into left field. Corey Ray followed with a double of his own, scoring Houser to make it 1-0.
That was all the offense that either team could muster as both pitching staffs were at the top of their game. Wuilder Rodriguez (1-1) came in to start the fifth, and tossed two scoreless innings. He walked a batter in the fifth, before giving up a two out hit in the sixth to Cade Gotta. Gotta would then steal second and third before Brian Schales lined out to end the threat. That was also the last hit that the Jumbo Shrimp would record.
Boone Logan came on in the seventh and allowed a lone walk before retiring the side. Corey Knebel retired both hitters he faced, before Quintin Torres-Costa came on to toss the last 1.1 innings of the game. He struck out two to earn his is second save of the season.
The Biloxi Shuckers look to sweep the five-game series tomorrow. Max Duval (1-3, 6.30) will go for Jacksonville against Kodi Medeiros (2-1, 2.63). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.
By Robert Pannier