There isn’t going to be post season baseball in Milwaukee this year or with most of their farm teams, but the Biloxi Shuckers began their championship run tonight with a 4-2 victory against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Here is a look at some of the highlights from tonight’s game.
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Jorge Lopez Pitches Like the Pitcher of the Year
Lopez won the Southern League pitcher of the year and he showed exactly why tonight. He has went 6.2 strong, walking three and striking out six while allowing one unearned run throwing 115 pitches. He didn’t surrender his first hit until there was one out in fifth inning and allowed just two hits total in his start. This guy has been incredible all season and he has all of the makings of the next Brewers’ home grown pitching star.
Brett Phillips Returns
After missing time to end the season, Phillips returned to the Shuckers outfield for the post season. In his first at-bat he doubled and in his third plate appearance he again doubled down the right field line to drive in Garrett Cooper and give the Shuckers a 3-1 lead. His presence is a welcome sight again to the lineup.
Orlando Arcia Ready for the Post Season
Some players clam up when the stakes get high, but not Arcia. In his first postseason at bat, Arcia tripled to drive in the first Shuckers run and he finished the night going two for four with two RBIs and a run scored. He has been amazing all season and with each night, he continues to prove that he has a very bright future.
Pitching has been a major key for the Shuckers all year long. After Lopez’s strong outing, Jacob Barnes came into get the strikeout to end the seventh inning and then struck out two more in a scoreless eighth.
Yhonathan Barrios Earns a Save
After Damien Magnifico struggled mightily with command issues and surrendered a run in the ninth, Barrios came in and slammed the door getting the final two outs in the inning to earn the save. With his blazing fastball, he looks to have a big time future.
Game Two Probables:
Tomorrow’s pitching match-up is set to be a great one. Adrian Houser, who was acqiured in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade will take on Cody Reed. Houser has been excellent since join Biloxi, going 4-1 in seven starts while posting a 2.92 ERA. Reed has made eight starts with the Blue Wahoos this year, going 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA.