After over a month of the season in the books, the Biloxi Shuckers remain the most successful team in the organization. Though they are still in the midst of their daunting road-trip, they are the only team in the whole system that is seated atop their division. After finishing this past week with a 3-3 record, the Shuckers have maintained a half game lead over the Mobile Baybears.
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They will start next week with a five game series with the Jackson Generals and close out the week with the Jacksonville Suns. The week will start with Brooks Hall and Tyler Wagner taking the mound, again looking for their fifth victory of the season.
While they went .500 on the week, they were again able to get excellent pitching from a majority of their staff. On Thursday, Wagner (who I feel will be the next rotation mainstay in Milwaukee) pitched seven strong without an earned run, but he was unable to get his fifth victory of the season. Hobbs Johnson also excelled in his outing on Saturday. He gave up two runs (one earned) in a game that the team would later lose in extra innings.
Reliever Austin Ross continued to dominate out of the bullpen this week, too. On Saturday night he struck out five batters in two innings, bringing his season total to 28 K’s in 17.2 innings of work.
At the plate the team slumped, but they were not without big performances from their stars. Yadiel Rivera had a huge night on Wednesday, going four for five with two doubles and two RBIs. While Orlando Arcia was hitless on Thursday and Friday, he remained a big part of almost every run scoring opportunity the team had.
Top Hitter: Kyle Wren
Shuckers’ leadoff man, Kyle Wren had a steady week at the plate batting .285 for the week. He has hit safely in his last six games and continued to be a threat on the bases by swiping two more bags. Though he is currently batting .227, he steadily finds ways to remain patient and get on base, allowing him to have a .309 OBP.
Top Pitcher: Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez has started the year slowly, but in his last for outings he is showing why he is still viewed as one of the team’s top arms. After a no-decision on Monday, Lopez was outstanding in Sunday’s win. He allowed just one hit through seven innings in a Shuckers victory. He also struck out eight batters while walking none. At 22-years-old, Lopez looks to be a strong candidate for future Brewers’ rotations.
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