The Biloxi Shuckers are exciting. With the way things have gone in Milwaukee so far this year, the Shuckers may be the most exciting part of the whole organization. After taking the first-half title in the Southern League handily, they find themselves in the mix of another race right now for the second-half crown. Here is a look at how things have gone in Biloxi over the past week.
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After a four and three week that included a weekend series win against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Shuckers are now 4.5 games back in the Southern League standings. This upcoming week the Shuckers take on the last place Jackson Generals for five games and then finish out the week with a battle against the first place Mobile Baybears.
Each time a pitcher takes the mound this team is must watch. With Josh Hader and Adrian Houser joining Jorge Lopez and Tyler Wagner in the rotation, there isn’t a pitcher that doesn’t have big time potential. Even in the bullpen the Shuckers have exciting arms like Jacob Barnes, Yhonathan Barrios and Damien Magnifico.
The team finished this week with an exiting 5-3 win to take the series against Pensacola. This win included four innings of perfect baseball in relief from Drew Gagnon and an opposite field home run from Victor Roache. Orlando Arcia also remained hot by notching two more hits.
Player of the Week: Victor Roache
Over the course of the past week, Roache had five multi-hit games as he was able to raise his batting average over 20 points to .282 on the year. With his seventh home run (17th overall in 2015) in the Sunday finale, he has become the Shuckers biggest power bat. His breakout season has made him a prime candidate for a future Brewers’ outfield spot.
Pitcher of the Week: Jorge Lopez
Every week it seems like there are two or three candidates for this award, but Lopez’s last outing easily earned him this week’s honors. In his last start, Lopez went eight shutout innings, striking out eight in the Shuckers victory. With this strong outing he was also able to lower his ERA to 2.45. As one of the top pitchers in the Southern League, the 22-year-old right hander should be a big time arm in future Brewers’ rotations.