Jacksonville Sports Day

BayBears Snap Jumbo Shrimp’s Win Streak, 13-3

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Mobile BayBears hit three home runs and posted five runs in both the sixth and ninth innings in a 13-3 win that halted the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s three-game winning streak before 10,254 saw the season’s first Saturday Fireworks – a series that will continue through June 16 – at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Mobile (4-5) began the scoring in the first inning against Jumbo Shrimp right-hander Merandy Gonzalez (0-1). With two outs, BayBears third baseman Taylor Ward walked, and designated hitter Hutton Moyer hit his Southern League-leading fourth home run for a 2-0 Mobile lead.

BayBears right-hander Jose Rodriguez held Jacksonville (4-5) scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. Jumbo Shrimp designated hitter Eric Jagielo grounded an infield single down the third-base line, and left fielder Austin Dean singled to left field.

Both runners advanced on first baseman Colby Lusignan’s groundout to first base, before third baseman Brian Schales hit a two-out, two-run double to right-center field for the only runs in Rodriguez’s 4 2/3 innings.

The Jumbo Shrimp took their only lead in the fifth inning against Mobile right-hander Jake Jewell (1-0). Center fielder Monte Harrison bounced a double over Ward at third base and scored when BayBears second baseman Connor Justus made a throwing error on right fielder John Norwood’s infield single. Jewell did not allow a run for the rest of his 2 1/3 innings.

In the pivotal sixth inning, Gonzalez allowed first baseman Matt Thaiss’s single, Ward’s two-run home run to left field, and Moyer’s single before being removed for right-hander Esmerling De La Rosa.

The BayBears drew three more walks, and center fielder Brennon Lund’s two-run single capped the five-run frame. Left-hander Jose Quijada allowed a seventh-inning run, and right-hander Jorgan Cavanerio surrendered Thaiss’s three-run home run in a five-run ninth inning to make it 13-3.

The Jumbo Shrimp conclude their home-opening series with Mobile at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, when Jacksonville right-hander Max Duval (0-0) is scheduled to face BayBears right-hander Dylan Unsworth (0-1). Gates open at 2 p.m.

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