Though the Southern League had their all-star game to begin the week, that didn’t mean there was much of a break for the Biloxi Shuckers. The Southern division lost 9-0, but ten Shuckers’ saw action in the loss. Many of the starters went hittless, but pitchers Tyler Wagner, Tyson Ross, Brooks Hall and Hobbs Johnson put up scoreless innings in relief. The Shuckers also were represented on Monday as Nick Ramirez was a participant in the home run derby.
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Even with the break the Shuckers have still remained at the top of the Southern League standings for the second half of the season. After dropping the opener on Thursday night, they were able to rattle off three straight wins to over the Jacksonville Suns to clinch their eighth straight win and stay atop the second half standings. This upcoming week they will take on the Mississippi Braves before closing out the weekend with the Montgomery Biscuits.
One of their biggest wins of the season came on Saturday as the Shuckers were able to score four runs off of rehabbing Jose Fernandez and Jorge Lopez was able to continue his dominant month on the mound in the victory. They also were able to use a five run eighth on Sunday to help capture an 11-1 victory.
This week star prospect was also selected to represent the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the upcoming Futures game. Pitching coach, Chris Hook, who has done an excellent job with the Shuckers’ staff will also be on the staff for the US stars.
Player of the Week: Orlando Arcia
Orlando Arica started out the second half of the season by continuing to hit like he has all year long. In four games he has seven hits and three multi-hit games. As the brightest piece of the future in Milwaukee, Arcia continues to rake at the plate.
Pitcher of the Week: Jorge Lopez
Lopez is not only our pitcher of the week again, but the Shuckers’ starter will have to get consideration for minor league pitcher of the month in the Brewers’ system. In four June starts he has allowed just three earned runs and this week he went eight innings surrendering just one earned run in a victory. His name doesn’t come up often in top-Brewers prospects, but if he keeps pitching this way, the 21-year-old will definitely work his way into the mix.