BILOXI, MS – Back-to-back home runs from Tyler Black and Wes Clarke, along with a three-run blast from Zavier Warren and six innings of one-run ball from Carlos Rodriguez helped lead the Biloxi Shuckers (16-12) to a 6-2 win over the Rocket City Trash Pandas (14-14) in the series opener
BILOXI, MS – Back-to-back home runs from Tyler Black and Wes Clarke, along with a three-run blast from Zavier Warren and six innings of one-run ball from Carlos Rodriguez helped lead the Biloxi Shuckers (16-12) to a 6-2 win over the Rocket City Trash Pandas (14-14) in the series opener at MGM Park.
Even with the 11:05 a.m. start, it didn’t stop the Shuckers offense from exploding in the first. After Jackson Chourio walked and stole second, Black launched his team-leading sixth home run of the year off the scoreboard to give the Shuckers a 2-0 lead. One batter later, Wes Clarke hit a 418-foot home run off the Barq’s Root Beer bottle in right-center to extend the lead to 3-0. After a hit batter and an error, Zavier Warren joined in on the fun with a three-run blast to make it 6-0. The six runs were tied for the most runs scored in an inning this year by the Shuckers.
On the mound, Carlos Rodriguez dominated in his sixth Double-A start. The 21-year-old retired the first eight batters he faced, and tied his career-high with six innings pitched.
Rocket City got on the board off Rodriguez in the fourth with a solo shot from Edgar Quero, his first in Double-A. Rodriguez then retired eight of the final 10 batters he faced and was lifted for Robbie Baker after the sixth.
In the seventh, a double from David Calabrese and a single from Kevin Maitan plated the second run of the day for Rocket City, making it 6-2.
Cam Robinson came on in the ninth and struck out the final two batters to give the Shuckers their 16th win of the year.
Rodriguez (1-1) earned the win while lowering his ERA to 1.88. Victor Mederos (1-2) took the loss.
The teams will meet on Thursday for a doubleheader at MGM Park starting with game one at 5:35 p.m. Justin Jarvis (3-1, 2.57) will start for the Shuckers in game one, and lefty Adam Seminaris (1-3, 7.66) will get the start in game two. The Trash Pandas have not announced a starter.
It’s also Thirsty Thursday presented by Yuengling, Coca-Cola and Kicker108. Fans can enjoy $2 Yuengling drafts, hot dogs and sodas with $4 draft beer specials on Miller Lite. There's also the 'Thirsty Thursday Deal,' which includes a Reserved Level ticket and two drink vouchers for $14 in advance.
Individual tickets, group outings, Shuck Nation memberships and Flex Plans for the 2023 Biloxi Shuckers season are available now by calling (228) 233-3465 or visiting biloxishuckers.com.
ABOUT THE BILOXI SHUCKERS:
The Biloxi Shuckers are the Double-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Shuckers are members of the Southern League and play at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information please visit biloxishuckers.com and follow us on Twitter @biloxishuckers and at facebook.com/biloxishuckers.
ABOUT SHUCKERS BASEBALL, LLC:
Shuckers Baseball, LLC is a MS entity owned and operated by John Tracy. Shuckers Baseball operates the Biloxi Shuckers baseball franchise, including operating MGM Park for Biloxi Shuckers minor league baseball games and other entertainment and recreational events.