WP: Adrian Houser (1-0)
LP: Cody Reed (0-1)
HR: Orlando Arcia (1)
We need something positive to talk about around here as the Brewers wind down a disappointing season. Unfortunately, it's been about just as disappointing in the minors, with the exception of one team: the Biloxi Shuckers. They have been the bright spot in the Brewers system this year, and were the only team to make their league's playoffs. If Biloxi continues to play like they have been, they may be taking home a championship in the near future.
In Game 1, Jorge Lopez pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run and two hits in Biloxi's 4-2 win. Asgood as that was, Adrian Houser was much better in Game 2. Coming to the Brewers from the Astros in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade, he got the ball for the second game and had what was probably his best game as a professional. He pitched six perfect innings to start the game. He ended up pitching a complete game, allowing just three hits and no walks. He had ten strikeouts in the game, and faced 28 batters total, just one over the minimum. He also did this on just 99 pitches. In recent years, a new term has popped up: "pitching a Maddux". This start would qualify as one of those: CG shutout in under 100 pitches.
Meanwhile, the Biloxi offense did more than enough to support him. Orlando Arcia had a two-run home run and went 2-for-4 in the game. Yadiel Rivera had a 3-for-5 night, and Michael Reed went 2-for-3 with a walk as well. Garrett Cooper, Tyrone Taylor, and Victor Roache drove in the other runs for the Shuckers.
Biloxi is now one game away from advancing to the Southern League Championship Series, but that win will have to come on the road. The last three games of the series will take place in Pensacola. Considering that the Shuckers didn't get a true home game for the first two months of the season, they should be up to the challenge here.