Biloxi,MS - A six-run fifth inning propelled the Biloxi Shuckers to a 6-2 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday night at MGM Park. All six runs for the Shuckers came with two outs as Biloxi took the first game of a six-game series.
Lookouts starting pitcher Tony Santillan had returned from the injured list just last week, where it was noted he had a shoulder injury,. He only missed one start, but struggled in his first start back against the Shuckers.. He walked four batters without a strikeout in 2.0 innings. He didn’t return for the 3rd inning after throwing 50 pitches over the first two frames.
Chattanooga took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning
In the bottom of the fifth, Corey Ray started the big rally with a two-out single to right. Bruce Caldwell followed by with a double into the right-field corner, driving in Ray from first to bring Biloxi within a run at 2-1.
Patrick Leonard tripled to center off Lookouts reliever RHP Aaron Fossas (L, 4-3) , scoring Caldwell to tie the game at 2-2.
After a walk and a single through the third-base hole, Leonard to put Biloxi out in front 3-2.
Fossas, who had replaced injured starter Santillan, departed in favor of LHP Ty Boyles, who served up an 0-1 pitch that Biloxi's Cooper Hummel cranked over the left-field wall for a three-run homer to give the Shuckers a 6-2 advantage and the final score.
Lookouts game highlights (from redsminorleagues.com)
Alfredo Rodriguez went 1-4.
Mitch Nay went 1-4 with a run scored.
Calten Daal went 2-4 with an RBI.
Michael Beltre went 1-2 with an RBI.
Tony Santillan went 1-2 at the plate. He threw 3.0 shutout innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts on the mound. But he left the game with an unknown injury.
Jesse Stallings threw a shutout inning of relief.
Ryan Nutof threw a hitless inning of relief with a walk.
Friday evening the Lookouts send LHP-Packy Naughton (4-5,2.98) against RHP-Alec Bettinger(45,3.49). Air time on 98.1 FM is set for 6:20 EDT.