CHATTANOOGA, TN (milb.com) - The 2015 Southern League season will come down to a decisive game five in the BC Powder's Championship Series between the Biloxi Shuckers and Chattanooga Lookouts, after Biloxi let a 2-0 lead slip away, falling 4-2 at AT&T Field on Sunday afternoon. The Shuckers struggled again with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-7 in that category and have combined to go 2-for-20 in the two games in Chattanooga.
Biloxi (2-2) wasted an opportunity to put a run on the board in the first after Yadiel Rivera (3x5, R) and Nick Shaw (1x3, 2 BB) singled to open up the game, but Orlando Arcia (1x3, RBI, BB) bounced into a double play and Michael Reed (0x4) grounded out to third to end the Shuckers' threat.
Rivera is 9-for-17 during the Championship Series (.529) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and four runs scored in the first four games. As a club, the Shuckers are hitting just .217.
Josh Hader worked himself into a jam in the home-half of the opening inning, having runners at the corners after walking Stephen Wickens to start the inning, and allowing a single to Jorge Polanco.
The lefty from Maryland struck out league MVP Max Kepler, Travis Harrison, and the league leader in homeruns, Adam Brett Walker, to escape the inning.
The Shuckers broke through in the third with a two-out rally. After Garrett Cooper (0x2) and Adam Weisenburger (0x3) were set down, Rivera singled and Shaw walked to set up Arcia's seeing-eye single up the middle, bringing home Rivera for the 1-0 edge.
Brett Phillips (1x4, HR, RBI, R) added insurance in the fourth with a solo home run to right to give the Shuckers a 2-0 lead.
Hader carried that lead into the sixth before Chattanooga (2-2) scratched across four runs to turn Biloxi's two-run lead into a two-run deficit. The southpaw finished having allowed two runs on five hits, three walks and tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts.
Polanco began the frame with a single to right and moved up to second on a one-out walk to Harrison, ending the day for Hader.
Jacob Barnes (0-1) came out of the bullpen and walked Walker to load the bases for Levi Michael, who stroked a single to left-center to plate two runs and tie the game.
Another free pass issued to Heiker Meneses loaded the bases once again, setting up Stuart Turner's sacrifice fly to center placing Biloxi down a run. A two out RBI single from Shannon Wilkerson brought across the fourth run of the inning and ended Barnes' appearance.
The Shuckers had a scoring chance go by in the eighth after loading the bases with two outs, but pinch hitter Nick Ramirez (0x1) went down looking to end the chance. Biloxi put runners on the corners in the ninth with two outs, but Shaw struck out swinging to end the game.