BILOXI, MS – Wes Clarke went deep three times and RHP Justin Jarvis (W, 1-1) tied a career high with seven innings pitched in a 9-1 win by the Biloxi Shuckers (61-67, 27-34 2nd Half) over the Mississippi Braves (59-69, 30-30 2nd Half) on Saturday night at MGM Park.
Jarvis started the night strong, firing a seven-pitch first with all seven pitches for strikes. He also sat the side down in order in the second, part of a string of eight straight retired by the righty to begin his night.
The Shuckers took a lead in the bottom of the second thanks to a solo homer by Clarke, his third of the year at Double-A, putting Biloxi up 1-0. Biloxi’s bats added on four more runs against RHP Nolan Kingham (L, 1-3) in the bottom of the third when Corey Ray doubled and moved to third on a single to center by Felix Valerio. Garrett Whitley brought Ray home on a fielder’s choice to widen the Shuckers lead to 2-0 and a Thomas Dillard double off the centerfield wall pushed Biloxi up 3-0. Clarke then belted a two-run blast to right, his second of the night, catapulting the Shuckers to a 5-0 lead.
Mississippi scored their only run of the night in the top of the fourth on a walk to Justyn-Henry Malloy and a double to left by Jalen Miller. Jarvis surrendered a lead-off single in the top of the fifth but finished his night by retiring the next eight batters in a row and nine of the final ten. The seven innings ties a career high for Jarvis, who limited Mississippi to just three hits while striking out six.
Biloxi exploded for four more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Clarke led off the inning yet again and laced an opposite-field homer run over the right-field wall, his third of the night, to make it 6-1. It was the second multi-homer game of Clarke’s career and just the fifth three-home run game in Shuckers’ franchise history. The home run was the 146th of the year for Biloxi, surpassing the previous franchise record of 145 home runs in a single season by the 2018 Shuckers’ team. Ray added another homer to the tally when he launched a three-run blast out of the stadium to right, his eighth of the year, capping Biloxi’s scoring at 9-1. RHP Arnaldo Hernandez finished the game for the Shuckers by spinning two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
The Shuckers conclude their 2022 home schedule on Sunday afternoon with the series finale against the M-Braves. LHP Nick Bennett (6-11, 5.06) will toe the slab…