The Shuckers are on the to the Southern League Championship Series and it couldn’t have been done without their outstanding starting pitching. After top two starters, Tyler Wagner and Jorge Lopez finished one and two in the league ERA race and the team finished with a league leading 3.25 ERA, the Shuckers’ starters dominated in the first round of the postseason. Here is a look at the numbers in their series sweep and why the future is looking very bright in Milwaukee.
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Jorge Lopez-Game One
Jorge Lopez was dominant all season and that continued into his first postseason start of the year in game one. In his start, he shut down the Blue Wahoos’ bats by striking out seven batters in 6.2 innings and not allowing a hit in the first five innings of work. He was very underrated before the season began, but with the way he has thrown all year, he will no longer fly under the radar.
Adrian Houser-Game Two
As the game two starter, Houser was incredible. He didn’t allow a hit until the seventh, struck out 10 batters, threw 99-pitches and faced one batter over the minimum in his complete game shutout win. Even more impressive was that he allowed just one fly ball out. While many viewed him as the fourth best player in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade, he is proving that he too can be an important piece of the future.
Tyler Wagner-Game Three
Wagner quite possibly had the worst start of the bunch and it was another solid outing from the right hander. In his outing he allowed three hits, four walks and six strikeouts which keeping the Blue Wahoos’ scoreless through six. All season he has been excellent and he just continues to impress each time he takes the hill.
In all the Biloxi starters went 21.2 innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out 23 batters. By sweeping the series, the Shuckers didn’t even need to use other promising pitchers Josh Hader and Jorge Ortega. Young stars fill the system and this Shuckers’ playoff run is even more evidence that he future is looking very promising in Milwaukee.