Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Top Barons 4-1

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (7-11) defeated the Birmingham Barons (5-13) by a 4-1 score in the third game of the five-game series at Regions Field on Monday afternoon.

Jacksonville starting pitcher Omar Bencomo (3-0) earned the win with his seven and a third innings where he allowed one run on four hits with one walk and a Shrimp-season high 10 strikeouts. Birmingham starter Spencer Adams (0-4) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Jacksonville reliever Tyler Kinley turned in a perfect ninth to get his first save of the season.

Brian Anderson started Jacksonville’s scoring in the top of the third with a two-run double to put the Shrimp ahead 2-0. Anderson later scored when David Vidal had a base hit, and an error from the Barons shortstop Cleuluis Rondon scored Anderson to put Jacksonville’s lead at 3-0. With his hit Vidal, who earlier today was named the Southern League Player of the Week, has hit safely in his last 10 games played.

Anderson added his third RBI of the game in the top of the seventh when his sacrifice fly scored Isaac Galloway to put the lead at 4-0. Bencomo worked the first seven innings in scoreless fashion with 10 strikeouts, however Mason Robbins led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo homer to right field to put the score at 4-1, which would be the final. Greg Nappo got the final two outs of the eighth inning out of the Jacksonville bullpen, and then Kinley’s perfect ninth preserved the win.

The Jumbo Shrimp and Barons will continue their series with the fourth game of the five-game set on Tuesday at Regions Field at 8:05 p.m. ET. Left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham (0-2, 6.60 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Birmingham right-hander Michael Kopech (0-1, 3.75 ERA).

Vidal Southern League Player of the Week

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp second baseman David Vidal has been named the Southern League Player of the Week for the week of April 17-23, announced by the league office Monday morning.

Vidal is the first Jumbo Shrimp player to earn a weekly honor from the Southern League in 2017.

“Day in and day out I’ve been working hard and trying to get better every day,” said Vidal. “I’ve had the same approach but a different mentality at the plate, knowing the situations and knowing the pitchers and how they’re going to work me and I’m trying not to overthink at the plate. Just do my best and be productive for my team.”

Over the past week, Vidal has hit safely in each game he has played for the Jumbo Shrimp. Since April 17 he has hit .407 (11-for-27) with three doubles, a home run, five runs batted in, and has scored three runs.

Vidal has the longest active and total hitting streak for the Jumbo Shrimp at nine games. Over his steak, which began on April 15 against Chattanooga, he is hitting .400 (14-for-35) with a home run and five runs batted in. Vidal also leads Jacksonville with eight multi-hit games in the 17 games he’s played so far in 2017. Vidal is hitting .328 this season, which is the sixth best batting average in the Southern League, and he is tied for third in the league with six doubles.

This is the first weekly honor for Vidal in his Minor League Baseball career.

Vidal, 27, is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on Oct. 27, 2016.

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