Shuckers On Top Of Southern League Mountain
The Biloxi Shuckers, South Mississippi’s beloved minor league baseball team, have gotten off to a great start in their 2018 season, with high hopes of winning the First Half Season Championship in their South Division and gain a spot in the playoffs even before Independence Day.
As of May 17, Biloxi possesses a 25-15 record, good enough for first place in the division and a five-game lead over 2nd-place Mobile BayBears. There are 70 games in each half of the season.
The Shuckers built a franchise record 9-game home winning streak before they were defeated by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6-4 on Mother’s Day. They rebounded the next day, defeating the Blue Wahoos 4-1 on another comeback win. They lead the league with 9 come-from-behind victories.
At the start of the 2018 regular season, the Shuckers lost their season opener before reeling off eight consecutive wins to set the tone of the year thus far.
Jake Hager leads the Shuckers in hitting with a .288 batting average. Corey Ray leads the team in runs scored with 26 and also leads in stolen bases with 7.
Ray’s and Jake Gatewood’s power is on top with 6 home runs apiece. Gatewood leads in RBIs with 23.
Zack Brown leads pitchers with a 2.89 ERA and 47 strikeouts. Thomas Jankins leads all pitcher with a 6-1 record to go with a 3.02 ERA. Nate Griep is the team’s top reliever with 15 saves.
The Shuckers go into five-game series at home against the Chattanooga Lookouts and on the road with Mobile, while starting a series with the Mississippi Braves to wrap up May.
Editor’s note: The Biloxi Shuckers are a Double-A team in the Southern League, under the Milwaukee Brewers franchise.