Jacksonville Sports Day

RECAP: Biloxi Shuckers Defeat Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7-1

John Silviano Photo by Michael Krebs

BILOXI, Miss. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (5-13) fell to the Biloxi Shuckers (10-8) by a 7-1 score in the third game of the five-game series at MGM Park on Monday night.

Biloxi right-handed starting pitcher Braden Webb (1-3) earned the win, working five innings where he allowed one run (one earned run) on no hits with four walks and one strikeout.

Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Robert Dugger (0-4) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Biloxi struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, as Weston Wilson brought home Trent Grisham from third on a fielder’s choice to put the lead at 1-0.

A Robert Dugger wild pitch scored Luis Aviles, Jr. from third in the bottom of the second to grow Biloxi’s lead to 2-0. Wilson added a two-run homer for the Shuckers in the bottom of the fourth to put the lead at 4-0.

Jacksonville scored in the top of the fifth when a wild pitch from Webb with the bases loaded scored Stone Garrett from third to make it a 4-1 game.

Against Jacksonville right-handed reliever Kolton Mahoney in the bottom of the sixth, Biloxi pinch-hitter Cooper Hummel delivered a two-out two-RBI single to grow the lead to 6-1.

Biloxi also plated a run in the bottom of the eighth when a wild pitch by Jacksonville reliever Tyler Stevens scored Michael O’Neill from third base to make the score 7-1, which would be the final.

The Shuckers pitching staff combined to no-hit the Jumbo Shrimp through eight and a third innings, however Joe Dunand broke up the no-hitter bid with a single up the middle with one out in the top of the ninth against Shuckers reliever Nate Greip.

The next batter Bryson Brigman grounded into a double play to end the contest for Jacksonville’s seventh straight loss.

Magneuris Sierra saw his Southern League-best 14-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.

The Jumbo Shrimp will continue their five-game series with the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park at 7:35 p.m. eastern on Tuesday night.

Right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman (0-2, 5.87 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against a Shuckers pitcher to be announced.

SIERRA MIST:  Jacksonville outfielder Magneuris Sierra went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks on Monday, continuing a hot start to the season. The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end, but his 15-game on-base streak is still active. Over the last 15 games, Sierra is 20-for-59 (.339/.409/.407 with four doubles, three RBIs, six walks and one hit-by-pitch. Sierra is fourth in the league in both batting average (.323) and hits (20) while also placing seventh in on-base percentage (.400) and tied for eighth in doubles (four).

IT’S HIS TIME: In five games from April 12 through April 17, Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller went just 2-for-18 (.111), dropping his season batting line to .178/.213/.267. However, in the five games since, including a five-hit barrage on April 20, Miller is 9-for-21 (.429/.455/.762) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBIs. This current hot streak has brought his season hitting line up to .258/.290/.424.

GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL: Jumbo Shrimp catchers Rodrigo Vigil, B.J Lopez and Santiago Chavez (currently on the IL) have teamed to form a dynamic defensive backstop trio. Chavez’s eight men caught stealing leads Double-A, and as a team, Jacksonville has gunned down 14 potential base stealers, equaling High-A Down East (Rangers) and High-A Winston-Salem (White Sox) for the most in MiLB. The Shrimp’s 48.3 percent caught stealing rate ranks seventh in Double-A.

WINTER IS HERE: Jacksonville started the season 3-2, but the Jumbo Shrimp have now lost 11 of their last 13 games. Since this 13-game stretch began on April 10, the Jumbo Shrimp have scored just 30 runs (2.3 per game), the second-fewest in Double-A, while giving up 62 (-32 run differential). Jacksonville also ranks 25th in average (.212), 28th in on-base percentage (.276), 26th in slugging percentage (.293) and 28th in OPS (.569) during this run. Heading into play on Tuesday, Jacksonville is aiming to avoid its first eight-game losing streak since dropping eight in a row from April 15-22 of the 2017 season.

LINEUP DEFORESTATION: Jacksonville went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position on Monday, stranding a total of four men. Through 18 games on the season, the Jumbo Shrimp are just 22-for-145 (.152/.266/.193) with ducks on the pond. The good news is that, throughout every single level in the history of baseball, situational hitting numbers normalize with bigger sample sizes as the season goes on. The 2019 Jumbo Shrimp’s overall batting line is .208/.276/.285, which, while not great, is an improvement over the club’s numbers with runners in scoring position.

STARTING OVER: While Jacksonville’s bullpen has been extraordinary in the early going of the season, posting a collective 2.04 ERA, the club’s starting pitching has had some ups and downs thus far. Jumbo Shrimp starters are averaging just 4.2 innings per start, going 2-13 with a 5.33 ERA. Over 81.0 innings, Jacksonville lid-lifters have walked 41 (4.6 BB/9), the third-most of any Double-A starting rotation, while giving up 12 home runs (1.3 HR/9). Only Springfield (Cardinals), Tulsa (Dodgers) and Birmingham (White Sox) have seen their starters surrender more long balls at the Double-A level.

SHRIMP SCOPES: Over the last six games, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen their opponent put up an eight-run inning, five-run inning, four-run inning, two three-run innings and six two-run innings, respectively… Jacksonville outfielder Corey Bird has registered four stolen bases this season, tied for the sixth-most in the Southern League.

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