Milwaukee Brewers’ Affiliate Report: Week 22

Some big numbers put up this season by individuals throughout the organization, including an MiLB leader in strikeouts! Thaddeus Krzus brings you all the happenings from around the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system in this week’s Affiliate Report.

 

 

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Southern League Roundup: 22nd Edition

The 2016 Southern League schedule has wrapped up, and Thaddeus Krzus brings you the playoff matchups from the North and South. He’ll also run down some of the league leaders and the impressive stats they have put up throughout the campaign.

 

 

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Lopez takes the mound for the Shuckers in game #139 – 2016 finale

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RHP Jorge Lopez takes the mound for the Shuckers at noon on Monday in the 2016 finale at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The Shuckers will not be heading to the playoffs, but will finish their second season with another above .500 record. The Shuckers lead the 2016 series against the Braves, 10-8 and all-time series 22-19.

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Game #139: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (W1, W 9 of 14, 32-37, 71-67) at Mississippi Braves, ATL (L1, W 5 of 6, 39-29, 73-64) | 5:00 pm | Trustmark Park.
Current Series: 5 of 5 (1-3) | 10-8 vs. MIS in ’16 | 22-19 all-time vs. MIS, 16-15 all-time at Trustmark Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 14-14-1, W 5 of 7
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 5th, -7.5 GB |  Mississippi (SL South), 1st, +0.5 GA
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-4, 4.24) vs. RHP Lucas Sims (5-4, 2.56)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 11:40 am  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

Lineups

TODAY’S GAME: Season, and series finale at the Mississippi Braves (ATL) (1-3)… 4th and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 22-19 all-time against the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A affiliate, including 10-8 this year, and 4-5 at Trustmark Park in 2016…The Shuckers are coming off an 8-2 homestand against the Braves (5-0) and Jackson Generals (3-2).

WOODRUFF DOMINATES BRAVES FOR 10TH WIN: Brandon Woodruff tossed seven shutout innings against the Mississippi Braves on Sunday night, helping the Biloxi Shuckers to a 7-0 victory at Trustmark Park.

The Wheeler, Miss. native finished the night with nine strikeouts, propelling the right-hander to 173 on the season (most in the minors). The 23-year-old finished the year with 14 wins and a 2.68 ERA, best in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization.

Jacob Nottingham fell a triple shy of the cycle, including his 11th home run of the season. Clint Coulter also finished with three hits, and scored twice.

Johnny Davis swiped his 31st base of the season.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Jorge Lopez makes his eighth start of the season with Biloxi. The 23-year-old has tossed three consecutive quality starts. The Shuckers have gone 2-5 since Lopez’s return to Double-A.

CLOSING OUT A, BETTER THAN THE NUMBERS INDICATE, 2016 SEASON: The Shuckers close out the second season on the coast with today’s noon start at Mississippi. The Shuckers have been outscored 532-467 this season, but are 71-67. BaseballReference.com lists the Shuckers Pythagorean W-L at 60-78. The Shuckers have 11 more wins than statistics would indicate.

ON TOP OF THE MINORS: RHP Brandon Woodruff’s nine strikeouts on Sunday gives him a minor league leading 173 on the season between A+ Brevard County and Biloxi. Woodruff finished the 2016 season with a combined 14-9 record and 2.68 ERA (158ip, 47er) in 28 starts.  Former Shucker LHP Josh Hader ranks 3rd in the minors with 161 strikeouts. Woodruff finished T3rd in the minors in wins (14). The former Mississippi State Bulldog walked just 40 and had a 1.02 WHIP and .209 opponents’ batting average. In 20 starts in the Southern League, Woodruff went 10-8 with a 3.01 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 30 walks in 20 starts and 113.2 IP. Woodruff ranks now 3rd in the Southern League in ERA, 4th in strikeouts, 1st in WHIP (1.04) and 1st in Opponents AVG (.211).

JOHNNY BE GOOD: OF Johnny Davis is currently on a 7-game hitting streak, batting .357 (10×28) with 11 runs, a double, triple,  4 RBI, 3 stolen bases and .438 OBP. Davis leads the club with 15 stolen bases.

ARCHER ON THE MOUND: RHP Tristan Archer made his team-leading 49th appearance on Sunday and picked up three more strikeouts over 2.0 IP. Over 81.2 IP, Archer recorded 82 strikeouts and just 9 walks, a 1.13 WHIP and top BB/9ip ratio among relievers at 0.92.

SHUCKERS FINISH AUGUST WITH CLUB-RECORD 18 WINS: The Shuckers’ had a club record 18 wins in August (18-11) in August and won 12 of the last 16 games. The squad has pieced together a .256 team average (2nd, SL) and league-best 3.02 ERA. Biloxi scored 113 runs (3.9 runs/game) through 29 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the 10-game homestand combined to allow just 12 runs (8 earned) in 61.1 innings, a 1.18 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 43 hits, walking 19 and striking out 56.

SWEET HOME MGM PARK: The 8-2 homestand pushed the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (41-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

Woodruff looks to end his 2016 campaign on positive note

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With the Shuckers out of playoff contention, RHP Brandon Woodruff makes his final start of the 2016 season on Sunday against the M-Braves.

Tweet of the Day: Colorado Springs’ reliever Tim Dillard put out maybe one of his best videos, promoting a fund for minor league players that don’t get called up in September. Have a laugh today.

Game #138: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (L3, W 8 of 13, 31-37, 70-67) at Mississippi Braves, ATL (W5, 39-28, 73-63) | 5:00 pm | Trustmark Park.
Current Series: 4 of 5 (0-3) | 9-8 vs. MIS in ’16 | 21-19 all-time vs. MIS, 15-15 all-time at Trustmark Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 14-14-1, W 5 of 7
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 5th, -8.5 GB |  Mississippi (SL South), 1st, +1.5 GA
Starting Pitchers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-8, 3.21) vs. RHP Max Povse (4-0, 2.64)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 4:40 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

Lineups

TODAY’S GAME: Game 4 of a 5-game series at the Mississippi Braves (ATL) (0-3)… 4th and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 21-19 all-time against the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A affiliate, including 9-8 this year, and 3-5 at Trustmark Park in 2016…The Shuckers are coming off an 8-2 homestand against the Braves (5-0) and Jackson Generals (3-2).

SHUCKERS ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION WITH LOSS TO BRAVES: The Biloxi Shuckers’ playoff hopes came to an end on Saturday night with a 6-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park.

Mississippi jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first, but Biloxi tied the game with a run on an RBI single from Brett Phillips, scoring Johnny Davis.

The Braves pulled back ahead in the sixth on a two-run triple from Johan Camargo. The Shuckers came within a run by responding with a sacrifice fly by Angel Ortega in the top of the seventh.

Mississippi plated three more runs in the eighth to ice Biloxi’s playoff chances.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Brandon Woodruff makes his 20th start of the season for the Biloxi Shuckers after starting the season with the Brevard County Manatees (A+). The Wheeler, Miss. native needs 5.1 innings to qualify amongst the league leaders in ERA and WHIP. The 23-year-old leads all of Minor League Baseball with 164 strikeouts, one more tha Jaime Shultz of the Durham Bulls.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the 10-game homestand combined to allow just 12 runs (8 earned) in 61.1 innings, a 1.18 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 43 hits, walking 19 and striking out 56.

SHUCKERS FINISH AUGUST WITH CLUB-RECORD 18 WINS: The Shuckers’ had a club record 18 wins in August (18-11) in August and won 12 of the last 16 games. The squad has pieced together a .256 team average (2nd, SL) and league-best 3.02 ERA. Biloxi scored 113 runs (3.9 runs/game) through 29 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

SWEET HOME MGM PARK: The 8-2 homestand pushed the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (41-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

Shuckers forced into must-win situation on Saturday against Braves

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After dropping the first two games against the M-Braves in Pearl, the Shuckers must win the remaining three games and hope Pensacola takes two of the next three at Birmingham. RHP Taylor Jungmann toes the rubber for the Shuckers on Saturday, making his 13th Biloxi start. Over his last seven starts since July 27, the 26-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA (45ip, 6er), 18 walks, and 43 strikeouts, holding the opposition to a .179 batting average.

 

Game #137: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (L2, W 8 of 11, 31-36, 70-66) at Mississippi Braves, ATL (W4, 38-28, 72-63) | 6:00 pm | Trustmark Park.
Current Series: 3 of 5 (0-2) | 9-7 vs. MIS in ’16 | 21-18 all-time vs. MIS, 15-14 all-time at Trustmark Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 14-13-1, W 5 of 6
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), T4th, -7.5 GB (Wildcard), -2.5 GB |  Mississippi (SL South), 1st, +1.5 GA
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taylor Jungmann (3-3, 2.33) vs. LHP Michael Mader (0-3, 2.52)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 5:40 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

Lineups

TODAY’S GAME: Game 3 of a 5-game series at the Mississippi Braves (ATL) (0-2)… 4th and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 21-18 all-time against the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A affiliate, including 9-7 this year, and 3-4 at Trustmark Park in 2016…The Shuckers are coming off an 8-2 homestand against the Braves (5-0) and Jackson Generals (3-2).

SHUCKERS STRUGGLE AGAINST NEWCOMB IN 10-0 LOSS: The Biloxi Shuckers were held to just one hit in Friday’s 10-0 loss to the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park.

Jon Perrin allowed all 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts in his Double-A debut. The 23-year-old right-hander needed 71 pitches (45 strikes) in 3.1 innings.

Javier Betancourt broke up Sean Newcomb’s perfect game bid with a leadoff single in the sixth for Biloxi’s only hit of the game.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Taylor Jungmann makes his 13th start of the season for the Biloxi Shuckers after starting the season with the Milwaukee Brewers (five starts) and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (eight starts). The Shuckers have gone 6-6 when the 2011 first-round draft pick starts, including 3-0 over his last three starts.

ROSTER MOVES: C Rene Garcia has been placed on the 7-day DL (hamstring) and C Parker Berberet has been transferred to Biloxi from AAA Colorado Springs.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the 10-game homestand combined to allow just 12 runs (8 earned) in 61.1 innings, a 1.18 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 43 hits, walking 19 and striking out 56.

SHUCKERS FINISH AUGUST WITH CLUB-RECORD 18 WINS: The Shuckers’ had a club record 18 wins in August (18-11) in August and won 12 of the last 16 games. The squad has pieced together a .256 team average (2nd, SL) and league-best 3.02 ERA. Biloxi scored 113 runs (3.9 runs/game) through 29 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

NO LAUGHING MATTER: OF Brett Phillips hit 3 HR’s over his last 10 games and two in his last five, giving him a team-leading 16 on the year. Over his last 10 games, the Seminole, Fla. native is batting .280 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI.

RACE FOR THE PLAYOFFS: The Shuckers are eliminated from the division race, but still have a chance of making the playoffs. They can make it if Pensacola clinches the second half and the Shuckers have the next best overall record. Pensacola currently sits 1.5 games behind the Braves for first place, and the Shuckers are 2.5 games behind Mississippi in the wild card standings. Pensacola won its first two games of a five-game series against the Birmingham Barons.

OUTCOME NEEDED FOR THE POSTSEASON: With Friday’s loss, the Shuckers are in a must-win situation to make the postseason for a second consecutive year. Biloxi must win its final three games of the season, and Pensacola must win two out of its final three against Birmingham.

SWEET HOME MGM PARK: The 8-2 homestand pushed the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (41-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Brandon Woodruff collected 10 punchouts in game two of Monday’s doubleheader, giving the 23-year-old 115 Ks at the Double-A level. The Wheeler, Miss. native leads the organization with 164 strikeouts on the season (49/BRV, 115/BLX). Mississippi State Bulldog leads all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, one more than Jamie Shultz of the Durham Bulls (163).

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

Jon Perrin makes Double-A debut tonight for Shuckers at Mississippi

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RHP Jon Perrin makes his third stop in the Brewers farm system and will make his Double-A debut tonight for the Shuckers and Mississippi in game two of the five-game series. Biloxi is looking to even the series after dropping the opener on Thursday, 5-1. In 25 games this season, including 22 starts this season between Low-A Wisconsin and A+ Brevard County, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy went 3-9 with an organizational-best 2.58 ERA (146.2ip, 42er), 20 walks and 142 strikeouts (3rd in Brewers Farm System). Perrin made six starts for Wisconsin going 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA (36ip, 10er), 1 walk and 47 strikeouts, earning a promotion to Brevard on May 11. In 19 games, 16 starts for the Manatees, Perrin posted a 2-8 record with a 2.60 ERA, 19 walks and 95 strikeouts.

Tweet of the Day: The Shuckers dropped the opener of the series on Thursday, here are the outcomes necessary for a postseason berth.

Game #136: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (L1, W 8 of 11, 31-35, 70-65) at Mississippi Braves, ATL (W3, L 7 of 11, 37-28, 71-63) | 7:00 pm | Trustmark Park.
Current Series: 2 of 5 (0-1) | 9-6 vs. MIS in ’16 | 21-17 all-time vs. MIS, 15-13 all-time at Trustmark Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 14-13-1, W 5 of 6
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 4th, -6.5 GB |  Mississippi (SL South), 1st, +1.5 GA
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jon Perrin (Double-A debut) vs. LHP Sean Newcomb (7-7, 4.06)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 6:40 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

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TODAY’S GAME: Game 2 of a 5-game series at the Mississippi Braves (ATL) (0-1)… 4th and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 21-17 all-time against the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A affiliate, including 9-6 this year, and 3-3 at Trustmark Park in 2016…The Shuckers are coming off an 8-2 homestand against the Braves (5-0) and Jackson Generals (3-2).

SHUCKERS AVOID NO-HITTER, DROP OPENER: The Biloxi Shuckers were nearly no-hit by Patrick Weigel on Thursday night in the series-opening, 5-1 loss at Trustmark Park against the Mississippi Braves.

The 22-year-old right-hander took the bid into the seventh with a 5-0 lead before Brett Phillips broke it up with a triple, and scored onthe next pitch to Clint Coulter to bring the Shuckers within four.

Tyrone Taylor added a single in the ninth to put runners on first and second for Biloxi, and end the night for Weigel, who earned his first Double-A victory.

Luis Ortiz labored through two innings on the mound for Biloxi in the losing effort. The 20-year-old allowed four runs on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts on 57 pitches (33 strikes).

Tristan Archer (3ip, 1r, 2h, 5so), Tyler Spurlin (1ip, 1so), Tayler Scott (1ip, 1so) and Junior Rincon (1ip, 1h) tossed the tossed the final six innings out of the bullpen.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Jon Perrin makes his Double-A debut on Friday night in game two of the five-game set. The 23-year-old started the season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL, A-) and the Brevard County Manatees (MIL, A+), posting a combined record of 3-9 with a 2.58 ERA (42er/146.2ip).

ROSTER MOVES: Perrin was activated to the Biloxi roster today and brings to the Shuckers the organizational-best 2.58 ERA and 4th-most strikeouts, 142 between A+ Brevard County and A- Wisconsin. RHP Jacob Barnes was recalled by the Brewers, ending his rehab assignment and RHP Luis Ortiz was transferred to the AZL Brewers roster, in a corresponding move for Perrin.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the 10-game homestand combined to allow just 12 runs (8 earned) in 61.1 innings, a 1.18 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 43 hits, walking 19 and striking out 56.

SHUCKERS FINISH AUGUST WITH CLUB-RECORD 18 WINS: The Shuckers’ had a club record 18 wins in August (18-11) in August and won 12 of the last 16 games. The squad has pieced together a .256 team average (2nd, SL) and league-best 3.02 ERA. Biloxi scored 113 runs (3.9 runs/game) through 29 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

 

NO LAUGHING MATTER: OF Brett Phillips hit 3 HR’s over his last 10 games and two in his last five, giving him a team-leading 16 on the year. Over his last 10 games, the Seminole, Fla. native is batting .280 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI.

RACE FOR THE PLAYOFFS: The Shuckers are eliminated from the division race, but still have a chance of making the playoffs. They can make it if Pensacola clinches the second half and the Shuckers have the next best overall record. Pensacola currently sits 1.5 games behind the Braves for first place, and the Shuckers are just 1.5 games behind Mississippi in the wild card standings. Pensacola won its opener over Birmingham on Thursday, 11-8.

OUTCOMES NEEDED FOR THE POSTSEASON: With Thursday’s loss, the Shuckers still have two outcomes to make the postseason for a second consecutive year. If Biloxi wins the remaining four games, Pensacola must win two out of its final four against Birmingham. If the Shuckers win three of their four contests, the Blue Wahoos would have to win three more games against the Barons.

SWEET HOME MGM PARK: The 8-2 homestand pushed the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (41-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Brandon Woodruff collected 10 punchouts in game two of Monday’s doubleheader, giving the 23-year-old 115 Ks at the Double-A level. The Wheeler, Miss. native leads the organization with 164 strikeouts on the season (49/BRV, 115/BLX). Mississippi State Bulldog leads all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, one more than Jamie Shultz of the Durham Bulls (163).

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

Southern League Roundup: 21st Edition

Thaddeus Krzus runs down the playoff scenarios as the season comes to the close with the final series of the year starting Thursday.

 

Ortiz, Shuckers open pivotal series with M-Braves tonight

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The Shuckers open a the final five-game series of 2016 at Trustmark Park tonight at 7:00 pm, sitting a full game behind the Braves in the Wildcard race. The M-Braves lead the division over Pensacola by 1.5 games and the Shuckers need Pensacola to take the second-half in order for the Wildcard to play in. RHP Luis Ortiz makes his sixth Biloxi start in game of the pivotal series.

Tweet of the Day: On Wednesday, rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced and five of the six representing Milwaukee come from the Biloxi roster. RHP Tayler Scott, P Tyler Spurlin, RHP Josh Uhen, C Jacob Nottingham and OF Brett Phillips.

Game #135: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (W1, W 12 of 16, 31-34, 70-64) at Mississippi Braves, ATL (W2, L 7 of 10, 36-28, 70-63) | 7:00 pm | Trustmark Park.
Current Series: 1 of 5 (0-0) | 9-5 vs. MIS in ’16 | 21-16 all-time vs. MIS, 15-12 all-time at Trustmark Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 14-13-1, W 4 of 5
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 4th, -5.5 GB |  Mississippi (SL South), 1st, +1.5 GA
Starting Pitchers: RHP Luis Ortiz (2-1, 0.42) vs. RHP Patrick Weigel (0-2, 3.65)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 6:40 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

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TODAY’S GAME: Game 1 of a 5-game series at the Mississippi Braves (ATL)… 4th and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 21-16 all-time against the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A affiliate, including 9-5 this year, and 3-2 at Trustmark Park in 2016…The Shuckers are coming off an 8-2 homestand against the Braves (5-0) and Jackson Generals (3-2).

FOUR BILOXI PITCHERS ONE-HIT GENERALS IN SERIES’ RUBBER MATCH: The Shuckers claimed their second rubber match of the season with a 2-0 whitewash of the Jackson Generals on Wednesday night at MGM Park. The win capped off an 8-2 homestand for the Shuckers as they wrapped up their home schedule for the 2016 regular season with a 41-28 record. Biloxi also capped off its best month ever with an 18-11 record.

Wednesday was Biloxi’s (31-34, 70-64) turn to strike first, as the home team treated its fans to an early 2-0 lead, thanks to a two-run laser onto the berm in right off the bat of Brett Phillips (1×3, HR, 2 RBI, R). Tyrone Taylor (2×3, R, BB) worked a full count to start out the Shuckers’ offense before lifting a single to shallow left-center. Phillips then sent an 0-2 delivery from Bryan Evans over the wall in right for his 16th home run of the season, giving Biloxi the two-run advantage.

Angel Ventura (2-4) made the lead stick in his ninth start of the season for Biloxi. The right-hander held the Generals off the scoreboard for six innings while allowing just one hit against the team with the best batting average in the league (.267) coming into Wednesday. The 23-year-old recorded his third quality start of the season, and added a walk and six strikeouts to his line.

Preston Gainey carried the moment on the mound with two strikeouts in the seventh, and Jacob Barnes worked around a one-out error for a scoreless eighth in his final rehab appearance. Stephen Kohlscheen (SV, 23) tossed a perfect ninth to record his 23rd save in 25 chances.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Luis Ortiz makes his sixth Biloxi start since being acquired by Milwaukee from Texas on Aug. 1. Ortiz has a 2-1 record and 0.42 ERA. Ortiz didn’t give up his first earned run until his fifth start and 18.1 IP.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the 10-game homestand combined to allow just 12 runs (8 earned) in 61.1 innings, a 1.18 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 43 hits, walking 19 and striking out 56.

SHUCKERS FINISH AUGUST WITH CLUB-RECORD 18 WINS: The Shuckers’ had a club record 18 wins in August (18-11) in August and won 12 of the last 16 games. The squad has pieced together a .256 team average (2nd, SL) and league-best 3.02 ERA. Biloxi scored 113 runs (3.9 runs/game) through 29 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

NO LAUGHING MATTER: OF Brett Phillips hit 3 HR’s over his last nine games and two in his last four, giving him a team-leading 16 on the year. Over his last 10 games, the Seminole, Fla. native is batting .280 with 3 HR’s and 9 RBI.

RACE FOR THE PLAYOFFS: The Shuckers are eliminated from the division race, but still have a chance of making the playoffs. They can make it if Pensacola clinches the second half and the Shuckers have the next best overall record. Pensacola currently sits 1.5 games behind the Braves for first place, and the Shuckers are just 0.5 games behind Mississippi in the wild card standings. The team finishes the season. Pensacola opens a 5-game series at Birmingham today.

JUNGMANN EARNS ACCOLADE: Taylor Jungmann was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 22-28 on Monday. The right-hander shut out the Mississippi Braves over eight innings on Tuesday, Aug. 23, scattering three hits and striking out eight in the 2-0 victory.

BRINGING BACK BARNES: Brewers’ RHP Jacob Barnes (right elbow soreness) concluded his rehab assignment from Milwaukee on Wednesday night with a scoreless eighth inning. Barnes tossed 2.2 innings and allowed two hits and struck out four in three outings. Barnes was placed on the 15-day DL on July 26 by the Brewers.

SWEET HOME MGM PARK: The 8-2 homestand pushed the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (41-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Brandon Woodruff collected 10 punchouts in game two of Monday’s doubleheader, giving the 23-year-old 115 Ks at the Double-A level. The Wheeler, Miss. native leads the organization with 164 strikeouts on the season (49/BRV, 115/BLX). Mississippi State Bulldog leads all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, one more than Jamie Shultz of the Durham Bulls (163).

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

WHAT’S ON TAP:  Wednesday night is Fan Appreciation Night at MGM Park featuring $2 ballpark specials, $4 craft beers, prizes and coupons during game and post-game autographs.

Shuckers eying postseason as home schedule wraps up today

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1B Nick Ramirez and the Biloxi Shuckers wrap up the 2016 home schedule with the rubber match of a five-game series against the Jackson Generals at MGM Park. Biloxi currently sits 5.5 games back in the South Division race and 0.5 games back in the Wildcard scenario. RHP Angel Ventura makes the start for Biloxi on Wednesday.

Tweet of the Day: It appeared last night ended the 0-68 stretch for Potato (aka Spud) in the Crawfish Boil race. But, contraversy has reigned over the last 24 hours and it looks like video evidence proved otherwise. Poor Potato.

Game #134: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (L1, W 11 of 15, 30-34, 69-64) vs. Jackson Generals, SEA (W1, L 7 of 9, 36-28, 83-50) | 6:40 pm | MGM Park
Promotions: Wednesday night is Fan Appreciation Night at MGM Park featuring $2 ballpark specials, $4 craft beers, prizes and coupons during game and post-game autographs.
Current Series: 5 of 5 (2-2) Homestand (7-2) | 4-5 vs. JXN in ’16 | 13-11 all-time vs. JXN, 5-4 all-time at MGM Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 13-13-1, W 3 of 4
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 4th, -5.5 GB |  Jackson (SL North), 2nd, -0.5 GB
Starting Pitchers: RHP Angel Ventura (1-4, 4.89) vs. RHP Bryan Evans (0-0, 5.68)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 6:20 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM
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TODAY’S GAME: Rubber match of a 5-game set against the Jackson Generals (SEA) (2-2)… Biloxi is 1-4 in decisive Game 5s… 2nd and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 13-11 all-time against the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate, including 4-5 this year, and 3-2 at MGM Park in 2015…The Shuckers are coming off of their first ever, five-game series sweep after taking all five against the Mississippi Braves.

EARLY RUNS PROVE COSTLY AS SHUCKERS FALL TO GENERALS: The Biloxi Shuckers went for the series victory on Tuesday night against the Jackson Generals, but early runs for the visitors were all the difference in the 3-1 defeat at MGM Park.

Jackson tallied all three of its runs in the first two innings (one in the first and two in the second).

League MVP Tyler O’Neill drove in his 100th RBI of the year in the first on a single to left to give the Generals the early, 1-0 lead in the first. Jackson has plated one run in each of the four first innings of the series.

Jorge Lopez settled in after the first two innings, going the minimum, six, for the quality start. The 23-year-old allowed the three runs on nine hits, three walks and five strikeouts for his third consecutive QS.

Biloxi broke the shutout bid in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Nick Ramirez, bringing Brett Phillips all the way around from first. After a strikeout by Jacob Nottingham, Gabriel Noriega picked up his third hit of the game to put the tying run on base, but Tom Belza popped out to end the game.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Angel Ventura makes his ninth start for Biloxi on night. The 23-year-old is coming off of a no-decision against the Mississippi Braves on Aug. 26, allowing three unearned runs on six hits, a walk and five strikeouts in 5+ innings. The Shuckers have gone 4-4 when Ventura takes the mound.

RACE FOR THE PLAYOFFS: The Shuckers are 5.5 games out of the division, but still have a chance of making the playoffs. They can make it if Pensacola clinches the second half and the Shuckers have the next best overall record. Pensacola currently sits 0.5 games behind the Braves for first place, and the Shuckers are 0.5 games behind Mississippi in the wild card standings. The team finishes the season with a 5-game series at Mississippi.

JUNGMANN EARNS ACCOLADE: Taylor Jungmann was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 22-28 on Monday. The right-hander shut out the Mississippi Braves over eight innings on Tuesday, Aug. 23, scattering three hits and striking out eight in the 2-0 victory.

BRINGING BACK BARNES: Brewers’ RHP Jacob Barnes (right elbow soreness) is currently on a rehab assignment from Milwaukee. Barnes has tossed 1.2 innings and allowed two hits and struck out four in two outings. Barnes is schedled to pitch again on Wednesday.

IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME: The 7-2 start to the homestand has the Shuckers up to 12 games over .500 (40-28) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the nine games during the homestand have combined to allow just 12 runs (eight earned) in 55.1 innings, a 1.31 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 42 hits, walking 17 and striking out 50.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Brandon Woodruff’s collected 10 punchouts in game two of Monday’s doubleheader, giving the 23-year-old 115 Ks at the Double-A level. The Wheeler, Miss. native leads the organization with 164 strikeouts on the season (49/BRV, 115/BLX). Mississippi State Bulldog leads all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, one more than Jamie Shultz of the Durham Bulls (163).

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES: The Shuckers’ have a club record 17 wins in August (17-11) in August. The squad has pieced together a .259 team average, and has scored 111 runs (4.0 runs/game) through 28 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

PROSPECTING: Six of Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com are on the Shuckers’ active roster. Those include RHP Luis Ortiz (5), OF Brett Phillips (8), RHP Jorge Lopez (14), C Jacob Nottingham (15), RHP Brandon Woodruff (25) and OF Tyrone Taylor (26). Ortiz (61) and Phillips (74) are on MLB.com’s top-100.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

WHAT’S ON TAP:  Wednesday night is Fan Appreciation Night at MGM Park featuring $2 ballpark specials, $4 craft beers, prizes and coupons during game and post-game autographs.

Lopez takes the hill as Shuckers go for another series victory

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RHP Jorge Lopez starts game four of the five-game set with Jackson as the Shuckers go for their fourth series win out of the last five. The Shuckers are 7-1 on the current homestsand and have won 11 of 14, trimming the division deficit to 4.5 games and lead Mississippi by a 1/2 game in the wildcard.

Tweet of the Day: Brett Philliips briefly turned off the RF video board with this three-run blast in game one on Monday.

Game #133: Biloxi Shuckers, MIL (W2, W 11 of 14, 30-33, 69-63) vs. Jackson Generals, SEA (L2, L 7 of 8, 36-28, 82-50) | 5:10 pm | MGM Park
Promotions: Tonight the Shuckers will let the good times roll with Halfway to Mardi Gras Night with drink specials all night long at the Buena Vista Beer Garden and a pregame parade starting at 6:10 pm.
Current Series: 4 of 5 (2-1) Homestand (7-1) | 4-4 vs. JXN in ’16 | 13-10 all-time vs. JXN, 5-3 all-time at MGM Park | ’16 Overall Series W-L: 13-13-1, W 3 of 4
2nd Half Standings: Shuckers (SL South), 5th, -4.5 GB |  Jackson (SL North), 1st, -0.5 GB
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-3, 4.19) vs. RHP Paul Blackburn (8-5, 3.41)
Radio: Listen Live – Coverage begins at 6:20 pm  WGCM AM-1240, FM-100.9, WPMO AM-1580 and the Shuckers Radio Network on BiloxiShuckers.com and TuneIn Radio with Chris Harris and Thaddeus Krzus
TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: MiLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tickets, Etc.: Box Office | Individual Game Tickets | Fundraising  | Upcoming Promotions | MGM Park Seating Chart | MGM Park Info

SL Standings | SL Leaders | Roster | Shuckers Game Notes | 2016 Schedule
Upcoming Promotions | Brewers 40-man Roster | Video Content | Shuckers News

Lineups

TODAY’S GAME: Game 4 of a 5-game set against the Jackson Generals (SEA) (2-1)… 2nd and final series between the clubs in 2016 …Are 13-10 all-time against the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate, including 4-4 this year, and 3-2 at MGM Park in 2015…The Shuckers are coming off of their first ever, five-game series sweep after taking all five against the Mississippi Braves.

SHUCKERS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER OVER GENERALS: The Biloxi Shuckers came away with 5-3 and 6-1 victories on Monday night, sweeping the Jackson Generals in a doubleheader to take a 2-1 advantage in the five-game series at MGM Park.

Biloxi fell behind 1-0 at the end of the top of the first in both contests, but responded each time with tallies of its own to either tie, or take the lead.

In the opener, Nick Ramirez had an RBI groundout in the first before the Shuckers took the lead for good with a four-run second.

Tom Belza, Rene Garcia and Johnny Davis (RBI 1B) gave the home team the 2-1 edge with three consecutive two-out singles, leading to Brett Phillips three-run homer off the scoreboard in right.

Tyler O’Neill brought the Generals within two with a two-run blast to right off of Tayler Scott, but Stephen Kohlscheen retired Dario Pizzano on two pitches to lock down the win.

Game two saw the Shuckers fall behind 1-0 at the end of the top of the first, but rally for four runs in the home half of the frame.

Clint Coulter drove in Davis for the tying run in front of Ramirez’s three-run bomb to right-center.

Brandon Woodruff went the distance in the finale, allowing only one run on two hits, three walks (all in the first) and 10 strikeouts.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP Jorge Lopez makes his seventh start for Biloxi on Tuesday nihgt. The 23-year-old is coming off of a season-high 7.1 innings in a no-decision against the Mississippi Braves on Aug. 25, in which he allowed wo runs on five hits, a walk and five strikeouts. The Shuckers have gone 2-4 when the Caguas, Puerto Rico native takes the mound.

JUNGMANN EARNS ACCOLADE: Taylor Jungmann was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 22-28 on Monday. The right-hander shut out the Mississippi Braves over eight innings on Tuesday, Aug. 23, scattering three hits and striking out eight in the 2-0 victory.

 

BARNES, MIDDLEBROOKS REHABBING: Brewers’ RHP Jacob Barnes (right elbow soreness) is currently on a rehab assignments from Milwaukee. Barnes has tossed 1.2 innings and allowed two hits and struck out four in two outings. Barnes is schedled to pitch again on Wednesday. INF Will Middlebrooks (lower right leg strain) has had his MLB rehab assignment come to an end. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday.

IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME: The 7-1 start to the homestand has the Shuckers up to 13 games over .500 (40-27) at MGM Park for the 2016 season. Biloxi went 38-30 games as the home team during its inaugural campaign (23-20 at MGM Park and 15-10 at alternate venues).

RACE FOR THE PLAYOFFS: The Shuckers are 4.5 games out of the division, but still have a chance of making the playoffs. They can make it if Pensacola clinches the second half and the Shuckers have the next best overall record. Pensacola currently sits 0.5 games behind the Braves for first place, and the Shuckers are 0.6 games ahead Mississippi in the wild card standings. The team finishes the season with a 5-game series at Mississippi.

START ME UP: Biloxi’s starting pitching over the eight games during the homestand have combined to allow just nine runs (three earned) in 49.1 innings, a 1.65 ERA against the Braves and Generals, while giving up 33 hits, walking 14 and striking out 45.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Brandon Woodruff’s collected 10 punchouts in game two of Monday’s doubleheader, giving the 23-year-old 115 Ks at the Double-A level. The Wheeler, Miss. native leads the organization with 164 strikeouts on the season (49/BRV, 115/BLX). Mississippi State Bulldog leads all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, four more than Jamie Shultz of the Durham Bulls (160).

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES: The Shuckers’ sweep over the Generals on Monday gave the club a 17-10 record in August. The squad has pieced together a .260 team average, and has scored 110 runs (4.1 runs/game) through 27 games. In 29 games in July, Biloxi hit just .206 as a team, with 62 runs scored (2.14 runs/game), and posted a mark of 11-18.

BROTHERS GUERRERO: Manager Mike Guerrero and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero are the first coaching brother combinations in affiliated pro baseball. The Dominican duo’s father was Epy Guerrero, the famed Dominican scout who signed more than 50 players including Carlos Delgado, Cesar Cedeño, Tony Fernandez and most recently Alcides Escobar. Mike picked up his 1,000th career victory on Thursday, July 14 in Biloxi’s 3-2 walk-off win over Birmingham at MGM Park.

WHAT’S ON TAP:  Tonight the Shuckers will let the good times roll with Halfway to Mardi Gras Night with drink specials all night long at the Buena Vista Beer Garden; Wednesday is Fan Appreciation Night featuring a special Double Play Thursday $2 specials and post-game team autograph session. For tickets go to Ticketmaster.com or biloxishuckers.com.