Shuckers toss Biscuits 4-2

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (biscuitsbaseball.com) – The Biscuits lost their first of a five-game series on Sunday afternoon, falling to the visiting Biloxi Shuckers by a score of 4-2 at Riverwalk Stadium. The loss snapped a season-high four-game winning streak for the Butter and Blue, who went behind early and could not recover.

The Biscuits had Chris Kirsch (3-2) on the mound who was trying to become the first member of the Montgomery rotation to reach four wins. The left-hander went six innings and allowed four runs on just five hits, but was eventually saddled with the loss.

The Shuckers sprang out to a lead in the third thanks to a sacrifice fly by third baseman Nathan Orf and then a two-run home run over the left field wall by catcher Jacob Nottingham. The long-ball was Nottingham’s seventh of the year as Biloxi was up 3-0 midway through three.

The Biscuits would fight back in the bottom half of the third with an RBI-double from Kean Wong and an RBI-single by Casey Gillaspie to cut the deficit to one. The single extended Gillaspie’s on-base streak to a season and team-high 20 games; the first baseman has now been on base in 50 of 53 starts for the Biscuits in 2016.

The Shuckers would add another run in the fifth on an RBI-single by Nottingham, and the bullpen took care of the rest as the Biscuits were held to just four hits by starter Brandon Woodruff (2-2), Tristan Archer, Steve Peterson, and Daniel Tillman.

The Biscuits will try to get back to winning ways on Monday night in what might go down as the pitching matchup of the year between Chih-Wei Hu (2-2, 1.84) and Josh Hader (1-1, 0.88) at 7:05 PM.