Jacksonville Sports Day

Sellout Crowd Cheers Jumbo Shrimp to 7-1 Win

A sellout crowd of 10,477 fans – the largest at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for an Opening Day since the ballpark’s record-setting opening in 2003 – welcomed the Jumbo Shrimp (3-3) to Jacksonville as the club delivered a 7-1 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts (3-3) on Wednesday night.

Jacksonville starting pitcher Dillon Peters (2-0) earned the victory with his five innings and a third innings of work where he allowed a run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Chattanooga starter Kohl Stewart (0-2) took the loss, allowing all seven runs on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

The Jumbo Shrimp struck first with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Austin Nola delivered the first runs of the year with a two-run double to left field to put the score at 2-0. Alex Yarbrough scored Nola with an RBI single to give the Shrimp a 3-0 lead.

The bottom of the third featured the big blast of the game, as Taylor Ard connected on a grand slam home run – his first Double-A homer – off Stewart to put Jacksonville’s lead at 7-0. Ard now leads the Jumbo Shrimp with seven RBI through the first six games of the season.

The lone Chattanooga run came an inning later in the top of the fourth. Dan Rohlfing hit an triple, then scored on a Jonathan Rodriguez groundout to shortstop to put the score at 7-1, which would be the final.

Tyler Higgins worked two and two-third scoreless innings in relief of Peters, and Jarlin Garcia worked the ninth inning in perfect fashion to preserve Jacksonville’s 7-1 victory.

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