Jacksonville Sports Day

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Face Mobile to Begin Homestand

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The Jacksonville (19-31) fell to the Mississippi Braves (22-26) by a 4-0 score in the final game of the five-game series at Trustmark Park on Sunday night. The Jumbo Shrimp will start a five-game home series against the Mobile BayBears at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.

Mississippi left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Muller (3-1) earned the victory by pitching seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Jacksonville right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (3-5) took the loss, pitching four and two-thirds innings where he allowed two runs (both earned) on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Riley Unroe and Ryan Casteel hit back-to-back RBI singles off Yamamoto to put the Braves in front 2-0. Against Jacksonville right-handed relief pitcher Tyler Stevens in the bottom of the seventh, the Braves plated two more runs. Drew Waters hit a double to right and a throwing error by Jumbo Shrimp right fielder Stone Garrett on the play scored Cristian Pache to make it a 3-0 score. Casteel followed with an RBI single to put the Mississippi lead at 4-0, which would be the final.

Sunday was  the 15th time the club has been shut out this season. Those 15 blankings are by far the most in the Southern League, equal to the total of the five Northern Division teams combined and nearly double that of Mobile’s eight, the next-closest team in the circuit. With one more zero, the Jumbo Shrimp would equal the 16 shutouts the club endured last season, the most in the league since Jackson tallied 21 zeroes in 2015. Jacksonville is also 60 percent to the league record of 25 set by Asheville in 1970.

ROSTER MOVES – Miami  announced a pair of transactions that impact their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp roster. Right-handed relief pitcher Parker Bugg has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Bugg pitched in 17 games for the Jumbo Shrimp, going 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA with 35 strikeouts compared to six walks in his 22 and two-thirds innings of work. This is the first call-up to the Triple-A level of Bugg’s career. In a corresponding move, left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Castano has been transferred from High-A Jupiter to Jacksonville. Castano has pitched in 12 games for the Hammerheads, going 0-2 with a 3.82 ERA with 31 strikeouts compared to seven walks in his 33 innings of work. This is the first call-up to the Double-A level of Castano’s career. Castano, 24, is a native of Orlando, Florida, and was originally selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round of the 2016 draft out of Baylor University. Castano was traded by the Cardinals to the Marlins on Dec. 14, 2017 along with current Jumbo Shrimp outfielder Magneuris Sierra and pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen in exchange for Jacksonville alumnus Marcell Ozuna.

BARBECUING – In the first 20 games of the season, Jacksonville starting pitchers compiled a 3-13 record and 5.44 ERA over 91.0 innings. Jumbo Shrimp lid-lifters combined for 49 walks (4.8 BB/9), 89 strikeouts (8.8 K/9) and 91 hits allowed (9.0 H/9). However, the Jumbo Shrimp have seen some stellar starting pitching over the last 30 games. During this stretch, Jacksonville starters have combined for a 2.46 ERA (48 ER in 175.2 IP). Jumbo Shrimp starters have walked 48 (2.5 BB/9), fanned 146 (7.5 K/9) and yielded 139 hits (7.1 H/9).

SWIPER, NO SWIPING – Jumbo Shrimp catchers have been a bright spot defensively all season for the club. Santiago Chavez’s 18 men caught stealing ranks first in all of Double-A. Additionally, as a team, the Jumbo Shrimp have gunned down 31 potential base stealers, second at the Double-A level and tied for third out of 120 teams in MiLB. Jacksonville’s 45.6 percent caught stealing rate is the best such mark of any Double-A club.

FANTASTIC FOUR – Jacksonville fell to Mississippi 4-0 on Sunday, but the Jumbo Shrimp have still eclipsed the four-run marker in five of their last eight games. For a team that has thrived on strong pitching throughout the season, that four-run barrier has been critical to meet for the Jumbo Shrimp to find success. When Jacksonville scores at least four runs in a game, the club is 15-3. However, the Jumbo Shrimp have plated three runs or fewer in 31 of their 50 contests, and the club has posted just a 4-28 record in those affairs. Jacksonville has now won their last 13 games when tallying at least four runs in a contest.

STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM, CAN WE GET THERE? – Jacksonville welcomes in the Mobile BayBears on Tuesday to begin a five-game series from the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With 20 games to go in the first half of the season and both clubs facing double-digit game deficits in the Southern Division race, the chances of a run to a division title are slim for both the Jumbo Shrimp and BayBears. That said, this five-game set represents an opportunity for Jacksonville to escape the cellar of the Southern Division, where they have resided for the last 41 days. If the Jumbo Shrimp, who have won five of their last eight games, can beat Mobile on Tuesday, it would move Jacksonville out of fifth place in the division for the first time since April 16.

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – Jacksonville outfielder Brian Miller has notched a hit in eight games in a row, tied for the second-longest streak in the Southern League. During this run, the Raleigh, N.C., native is 11-for-32, batting .344 with three RBIs and three walks to post a .400 on-base percentage. On the season, the former North Carolina Tar Heel is pulling the ball at a career-high 47.1 percent clip while going the opposite way a career-low 18.8 percent of the time, the second-lowest such mark of the 112 Southern League hitters with at least 70 plate appearances this year.

SHRIMP SKEWERS – Jacksonville is coming off a road series win for the first time all season… The Jumbo Shrimp have socked just one home run in their last 13 games and 129 innings.

SL AWARD WINNERS – The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs are proud to name Tennessee Smokies infielder Vimael Machin the league’s Player of the Week and Mississippi Braves LHP Kyle Muller the Pitcher of the Week. Both awards recognize these players’ performances for games during the week of May 20-26. Machin, 25, earns Player of the Week honors after making five appearances for Tennessee and reaching base safely at least twice during each game. The Humacao, Puerto Rico native led all qualified hitters last week in OPS (1.227) and batting average (.476) while also ranking among the league leaders in a number of other categories including: runs scored (6, T-4th), hits (10, T-3rd), total bases (14, T-5th), RBI (6, T-5th), on-base percentage (.560, 2nd), and slugging percentage (.667, T-2nd). Through 32 games with the Smokies this season, Machin has hit .366 (41-for-112) with one home run and 19 RBIs. He also appeared in 79 games with Tennessee last season, and is a career .265 (96-for-362) hitter with the Smokies. Muller, 21, is recognized as Pitcher of the Week following a pair of strong starts which resulted in a 2-0 record alongside a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) with four walks and 17 strikeouts. His 12.2 IP were the most in the league last week, while his 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and .143 opponents’ batting average were the lowest among all pitchers who made more than one start. Through 10 starts with the M-Braves this season, Muller is 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA (11 ER/52.1 IP). Entering play today he ranks among the Southern League leaders in ERA (1.89, T-5th), strikeouts (57, T-5th), innings pitched (52.1, T-6th), and opponents’ batting average (.180, 2nd).

Thanks to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’ Scott Kornberg and Roger Hoover for supplying additional media notes.

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