Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Homer Past BayBears, 4-2

FILE Photo by Ed Gardner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp right fielder John Norwood and first baseman Taylor Ard each hit their third home runs in the third inning to lead the home team to a 4-2 win over the Mobile BayBears in front of 7,912 before Boy Scouts filled the outfield for a Scout Night Sleepover at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Saturday night.

Jacksonville right-hander Omar Bencomo (4-0) became the team’s first four-game winner, as he went five innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Mobile (11-12) managed a run in the second inning, when Bencomo hit two batters, allowed a double to right fielder Michael Hermosillo and left fielder Forrest Allday’s RBI single.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning against right-hander Grayson Long (0-1), the Jumbo Shrimp (9-14) put shortstop K.C. Serna on base on BayBears second baseman Andrew Daniel’s fielding error. A wild pitch and groundout preceded left fielder Jeremias Pineda’s RBI single through the left side of the infield for a 1-1 tie.

In the third inning, Norwood led off with a line-drive to the left-field berm to put Jacksonville ahead, 2-1. Second baseman David Vidal then singled to center field – exending his team-high 14-game hitting streak. Designated hitter Alex Glenn grounded into a fielder’s choice, before Ard drove a fly ball off the Nimnicht left-field foul pole for a two-run home run and 4-1 Jumbo Shrimp lead. Norwood and Ard are tied for the team lead with three home runs this season.

Given the lead, Bencomo did not allow a runner past second base through the fifth inning. Right-hander Hunter Adkins followed with three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three batters. Right-hander Tyler Kinley began the ninth inning by allowing two singles and BayBears shortstop Hutton Moyer’s sacrifice fly, before a strikeout and popout to record his second save of the season.

UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp continue their series with Mobile at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Jacksonville right-hander Joe Gunkel is scheduled to make his Southern League debut against BayBears right-hander Jordan Kipper (2-1).

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