I should return more often. Of course just as I write how flat the Biloxi Shuckers have been while I’ve been away, the team goes on a season-high four game winning streak. In addition to the wins Thursday and Friday, which I wrote about in my last post, the Shuckers have also won this Saturday and Sunday. Pretty impressive, especially when you consider it has been on the road. I joked about how I wondered if the coaches hadn’t given the guys the “lollygaggers” speech from Bull Durham on the bus ride to Pensacola. Something has clicked between here and there.
No, our batting woes haven’t been solved – Victor Roache, Johnny Davis, and Jacob Nottingham are still in slumps – but enough hitting has come alive in this streak that maybe there’s reason for hope.
Saturday’s victory was due in large part to a great day for P Bubba Derby. Not only does he pitch five shutout innings for his first win at the double-AA level, but he also helps his own cause with an insurance RBI, with the first hit of his professional career (according to the game accounts). At 5 hours and 11 minutes, I commend the team for sticking to it into the extra innings, again on the road. You began to wonder if in some the games with a large number of errors, or the shutout games, if the guys didn’t just let up at some point, but that definitely wasn’t the case Saturday.
Sunday’s win, like Saturday’s, had decent pitching, and enough bats coming alive to make the difference. Clint Coulter went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI’s, Dustin DeMuth went 2-for-5 with 1 RBI, and my man Mauricio Dubon had just another (for him) average day at the office, going 2-for-4.
They say when coming out of a slump, hitting is catching. Let’s hope Nottingham, Davis and Roache get the fever. And the Brewers send us more left handed pitching.